Chris Archer SP TB 2 Days

Chris Archer was tagged for seven runs in five innings Monday in a loss to the Orioles.

Archer struck out six and walked just one, but the Orioles knocked him around for 12 hits, including five doubles. We suppose that mostly just evens things out for him posting a 1.38 ERA in his first two starts. Archer should be a solid enough mixed-league starter this year, but he's probably not going to pitch at an All-Star level.

Chris Archer SP TB 8 Days

Chris Archer held the Royals scoreless over seven innings Tuesday but settled for a no-decision.

Up against Royals phenom Yordano Ventura, Archer matched the flamethrower pitch for pitch. Archer allowed six hits, all singles, and walked two on the evening. He's given up just two runs over 13 innings thus far, showing why the Rays were so willing to lock him up just after the season started. His next outing will likely come Sunday when the Rays visit the Reds.

Chris Archer SP TB 13 Days

Chris Archer held the Blue Jays to two runs over six innings and struck out seven in a win Thursday.

This is what we're expecting to see from Archer on a regular basis. He probably doesn't have the stuff to contend for Cy Young Awards, but he should be a rock-solid pitcher for the Rays and fantasy teams.

Chris Archer SP TB 15 Days

Rays signed RHP Chris Archer to a six-year, $25 million contract extension.

The deal also includes two club options for 2020 and 2021 that could make the total value of the contract worth $43.75 million. Archer is now under contract through his arbitration years and perhaps his first two years of free agency. The young right-hander was superb in his first full season last year, posting a 3.22 ERA and 1.13 WHIP over 23 starts.

Chris Archer SP TB 15 Days

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Rays will sign Chris Archer to a six-year extension "in the range" of $25 million.

Chris Archer SP TB 18 Days

Chris Archer struck out six in four scoreless innings Saturday in the Rays' 6-5 loss to their Double-A Montgomery affiliate.

Archer walked none today. He also had a 9/1 K/BB ratio in 10 innings during official spring competition. He should be a fine mixed-league starting pitcher this season.

Chris Archer SP TB 1 Month

Chris Archer fanned six while allowing one run in 4 2/3 innings Friday against the Braves.

It's the first run that Archer has allowed in 10 innings this spring. He's looking awfully good as he attempts to build on a promising rookie campaign.

Chris Archer SP TB 7 Months

Chris Archer was pulled after allowing one run over 2 1/3 innings on Saturday against the Blue Jays.

Archer was pulled with two runners on in the third inning after throwing 64 pitches. The Rays are in must-win mode this weekend, so Joe Maddon wasn't going to mess around. The rookie right-hander wraps up the regular season with a 3.22 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 101/38 K/BB ratio over 128 2/3 innings. He figures to be a popular breakout pick in fantasy leagues in 2014.

Chris Archer SP TB 7 Months

Chris Archer was outstanding in Friday's victory over the Twins, striking out seven while spinning six shutout innings.

Archer scattered just three singles and didn't walk a batter in the dominant effort. The 24-year-old right-hander, and strong candidate for AL Rookie of the Year honors, now owns a 9-7 record, 3.03 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 84/34 K/BB ratio over his 116 innings. He'll look to carry over Friday's fine effort when he takes on the Rangers at home on Wednesday.

Chris Archer SP TB 8 Months

Chris Archer was blasted for five runs on nine hits over 3 2/3 innings in a loss to the Angels on Monday.

He struck out four and walked one. This, folks, is the peril for both contending teams and fantasy squads when depending on a rookie hurler in September: Implosions can sprout from the dirt of any mound, at any time. Over his last three starts, Archer had gone 3-0 while allowing only four runs in 21 innings. He's talented enough to trust and hope for the best in all formats on Sunday in Seattle.