Chris Archer
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16 hours ago

Archer (5-14) allowed three runs (one earned) on four hits over seven innings, taking the loss Tuesday against the Dodgers despite striking out eight without a walk.

EDGE Analysis

Archer has demonstrated better control of late, walking two or fewer hitters in each of his last four starts after accomplishing that feat just four times in his previous 11 outings. The 27-year-old's dismal 1-7 record in his last nine starts stems in part from pitching for a Rays team that struggles to score runs, so his stock could get a boost should a trade to a contender come to fruition. If Archer remains a member of the Rays, look for him to next take the mound Monday against the Royals.

Chris Archer
SP TB
1 day ago3 Comments

Archer is one of several Rays pitchers drawing strong trade interest around the majors, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

EDGE Analysis

The 27-year-old has endured the most difficult season of his career, matching his career high in losses (13) while giving up five or more runs in six starts. Archer has certainly shown flashes, however, and has actually enjoyed his best month of the season in July, during which he's generated a respectable 3.96 ERA over four starts. There's plenty of firepower in his arm as well, with his 147 whiffs over 123.1 innings ranking at the top of the AL and fifth in the majors. Given Archer's considerable potential and velocity, he might shape up as the most tantalizing among the three Rays starters (along with Matt Moore and Jake Odorizzi) to other clubs despite his current struggles.

Chris Archer
SP TB
7 days ago

Archer pitched six strong innings at Coors Field on Wednesday, allowing four hits and no home runs while striking out 11 and walking just two en route to his fifth win of the season.

EDGE Analysis

Archer has been somewhat of a disappointment for fantasy owners this season, but rewarded patience with his splendid outing Wednesday in a tough matchup pitching in Colorado. While his ERA still sits at 4.60 and he has just five wins, struck out a whopping 147 batters, good for best in the AL. While his 51 walks don't look terrible when compared to all those strikeouts, they too are the most of any pitcher in the AL this season, and are a major reason for his struggles. He'll hope to continue the form he found Wednesday when he takes the mound against the Dodgers next Tuesday.

Chris Archer
SP TB
2 weeks ago

Archer (4-13) gave up four earned runs on seven hits and a walk over 7.1 innings in Friday's 4-3 loss to the Orioles. He struck out six.

EDGE Analysis

The hard-throwing righty may ironically have had his best stuff of the season Friday, but was still saddled with a 13th loss, equaling the career-worst figure in that category that he posted in 2015. Archer notched a whopping 22 swinging strikes, and found the strike zone on 71 of his 105 pitches overall. Staked to a 3-1 victory after three innings, the 27-year-old brought about his own demise by allowing an RBI double to Pedro Alvarez in the fifth, a fielder's choice to Matt Wieters in the sixth, and an eighth-inning, 406-foot solo shot to Jonathan Schoop that gave the Orioles a lead they wouldn't relinquish. Archer will try to put an end to his six-start losing streak against the Rockies next Wednesday.

Chris Archer
SP TB
3 weeks ago

Archer (4-12) gave up five earned runs on seven hits and two walks in Friday's 6-5 loss to the Red Sox. He struck out three.

EDGE Analysis

The hard-throwing right-hander's nightmare season continues, as he dropped a fifth straight decision, including his second to the Red Sox over his last three starts. Archer fell behind frequently Friday, a recipe for disaster against a patient and lethal Boston lineup. The 27-year-old was able to notch first-pitch strikes on only nine of the 26 hitters he faced, and induced a modest 10 swinging strikes over 116 pitches. Archer is now one loss away from equaling the career-high mark that he set last season, and his four wins currently rank as his lowest total in that category since his first-year cup of coffee in 2012 where he fired only 29.1 innings. He'll look to gather himself over the All-Star break and salvage his season in the second half.

Chris Archer
SP TB
3 weeks ago

Archer (4-11) came away with a no-decision despite striking out 10 over 5,2 scoreless innings in Sunday's loss to the Tigers. He allowed three hits and three walks.

EDGE Analysis

He left the game with a 1-0 lead, but the Rays bullpen coughed up five runs in the final two innings. Archer wasn't terribly efficient, needing 115 pitches to record just 17 outs and starting just eight batters off with first-pitch strikes, but he did generate 18 swinging strikes along the way. He'll have a tough matchup in his next start Friday in Boston.

Chris Archer
SP TB
1 month ago

Archer (4-11) dropped his fourth straight start in Tuesday's game against the Red Sox. He pitched 6.1 innings, allowing four runs, seven hits and four walks while striking out nine.

EDGE Analysis

Archer's nightmare season continued at the hands of MLB's most prolific offense on Tuesday. Last year's All-Star now leads the major leagues in losses this season, as he continued to struggle against a Red Sox team that has given him fits throughout his career (1-8 lifetime). It's always a difficult decision to sit a guy with Archer's resume and potential, but his next start comes Sunday against a Tigers team that lit him up for six runs on eight hits in three innings back on May 22.

Chris Archer
SP TB
1 month ago

Archer feels that his struggles this season stem mainly from his performance in small stretches within games, and that he is still throwing the ball well overall, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

EDGE Analysis

Despite a major league-worst 10 losses, as well as a 4.70 ERA and 1.43 WHIP, the young right-hander remains confident in his ability to turn the season around. Archer is trying to remain focused on his process more so than the results, and in executing enough of his pitches to give his team a chance to win each time he takes the mound. His pitching coach Jim Hickey doesn't necessarily disagree with Archer's philosophy, but also seems to feel that a thoroughly frank self-appraisal is needed at this point in the season. "...the process has not been good overall either. You may walk a guy leading off an inning you have no business walking and he ends up coming around and scoring, that is not a good process," said Hickey. "I guess you have to identify what the process is and be a good, solid, honest evaluator of whether or not you actually executed what it is you set out to do. I think wins and losses, they count very much, especially at the end of the day." While some of the 27-year-old's metrics appear to corroborate his belief that he's firing away as effectively as ever-- such as a 10.57 K/9 rate that is the second highest of his career-- his BB/9 and HR/9 figures, along with the aforementioned loss, ERA and WHIP numbers, are either on pace to be or are currently the worst he's ever generated in those respective categories.

Chris Archer
SP TB
1 month ago

Archer fell to 4-10 after allowing four runs on six hits and a pair of walks in six innings Wednesday against Cleveland. He struck out five.

EDGE Analysis

The first inning did him in, as Archer gave up a two-run homer to Jason Kipnis and then an RBI single to Jose Ramirez before settling down and limiting the Indians to one run over his remaining five frames. Unfortunately, there seems to always be something with Archer -- it's been more than seven weeks, dating back to May 6, since he had a scoreless outing. Worse, he's given up four or more runs in six of his last nine outings. The strikeouts are still typically there, but the walks remain an issue and the long balls an even bigger one -- he's averaging a homer per start over his first 16 outings, and a date with the Red Sox next week doesn't promise to help in that regard.

Chris Archer
SP TB
1 month ago

Archer (4-9) allowed four runs, three of which were earned, on six hits and three walks while striking out eight over six innings to take the loss Friday against the Giants.

EDGE Analysis

Despite having excellent strikeout numbers, Archer needed 107 pitches to get through six innings while the Rays' offense was unable to give him any run support, leading to his ninth loss of the season. He's now given up at least three earned runs in five of his last six starts, and he has a disappointing 4.60 ERA to go along with a 1.44 WHIP. He'll make his next start Wednesday at the Indians.