OUTChris Archer
SP PIT
3 weeks ago

Archer will not make his final scheduled start Sunday against the Reds due to left groin discomfort, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Archer is apparently dealing with continued discomfort in his groin stemming from a strain he suffered earlier in the season, prompting the Pirates -- who are out of playoff contention -- to play it safe and shut the right-hander down. The team has yet to announce who will start in place of the 30-year-old. Archer will finish the season with a combined 4.31 ERA, 1.38 WHIP and 162:49 K:BB in 148.1 innings (27 starts) with the Pirates and Rays.

OUTChris Archer
SP PIT
3 weeks ago

Archer (6-8) tossed six shutout innings Monday to earn the win over the Cubs, allowing four hits and two walks with nine strikeouts.

EDGE Analysis

Archer threw 69 percent of his pitches for strikes as he notched his highest strikeout total since joining the Pirates. He only ran into trouble when he put two runners on in both the first and sixth innings, but he was able to escape without any real damage on both occasions. Archer has hit his strike since the beginning of September, delivering four quality starts in his last five while posting a sharp 2.70 ERA during that stretch. He'll look to close out the season on a high this weekend against the Reds.

OUTChris Archer
SP PIT
1 month ago

Archer (4-8) took the loss Friday, giving up four runs on six hits and two walks over five innings while striking out eight as the Pirates fell 7-4 to the Brewers.

EDGE Analysis

The right-hander dug a quick 3-0 hole by giving up first-inning homers to Christian Yelich and Travis Shaw, but Archer settled down and gave the Bucs a chance to tie things up at 3-3 before allowing another run in the bottom of the fifth, dropping his record to 1-3 with Pittsburgh. He'll take a 4.66 ERA on the year -- but a 5.49 mark with his next club -- into his next start Wednesday at home against the Royals.

OUTChris Archer
SP PIT
1 month ago

Archer allowed three runs on five hits and three walks while fanning five across six innings Friday against Miami. He didn't factor into the decision.

EDGE Analysis

Archer left the ballgame with a one-run deficit after surrendering a three-run homer to Lewis Brinson in the sixth inning, but the Pirates would battle back to take the lead in the seventh. Archer tossed 55 of 91 pitches for strikes. The 29-year-old has struggled since joining Pittsburgh, recording just one win and a 5.28 ERA over 34.1 frames while punching out 38. Archer will search for continued success his next time through the rotation, with his next start scheduled for Wednesday against the Cardinals.

OUTChris Archer
SP PIT
2 months ago

General manager Neal Huntington said Archer, who no-hit the Braves for the first five innings he threw Saturday, pitched exclusively out of the stretch to simplify his approach and repeat his motion.

EDGE Analysis

Speaking on his weekly radio show, Huntington said Sunday that pitching out of the stretch exclusively is a way to "simplify, to minimize body movement, to get in one position and maximize what you get out of that spot." Archer threw his fastball at a season-high rate of 54.7 percent. After compiling a 6.45 ERA and 1.75 WHIP with Pittsburgh in August, the right-hander is finally showing glimpses of the potential that led the team to spend so heavily for him at the deadline.

OUTChris Archer
SP PIT
2 months ago

Archer (4-7) allowed six runs on seven hits and two walks across four innings Sunday while taking the loss against the Brewers. He struck out five.

EDGE Analysis

Archer coasted through the first two innings before he was tagged for six runs on six hits -- including two home runs -- in the third. He finished the inning and pitched through the fourth but ran his pitch count up to 78 and called it a day prior to the fifth. Archer exited his previous start with discomfort in his leg, which could have still bothered him in this turn, but it seems far-fetched that it was the sole reason for his struggles. The right-hander has now posted an unsightly 6.45 ERA with his new team and will face another difficult matchup this weekend against the Braves.

OUTChris Archer
SP PIT
2 months ago

Archer (leg) is listed as the probable pitcher for Sunday's series finale in Milwaukee, Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic reports.

EDGE Analysis

It doesn't look like Archer will be forced to miss a start in the rotation after exiting Monday's outing due to discomfort in his left leg. He was able to stay in the game following his initial sign of discomfort, but was removed as a precaution prior to the fifth inning versus the Braves. Expect to see him on the mound against the Brewers this weekend.

OUTChris Archer
SP PIT
2 months ago

Archer was removed from Monday's start against the Braves after the fourth inning due to discomfort in his left leg, Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

EDGE Analysis

The training staff came out to check on him, and while he stayed in the game briefly after that, he did not go back out for the fifth inning. He wasn't very efficient, needing 76 pitches (50 strikes) to get through four frames, but was able to limit the damage to one run on five hits and one walk while striking out three. He left with the Pirates trailing 1-0. The Pirates say his removal was a precaution, and he should be considered questionable for Sunday's scheduled start in Milwaukee.

OUTChris Archer
SP PIT
2 months ago

Archer didn't factor into the decision Wednesday against the Twins, allowing four runs on six hits in five innings. He struck out seven.

EDGE Analysis

Archer was dialed in for most of the outing but couldn't quite piece it together, tossing four perfect innings but giving up four runs on six hits in the second and sixth frames (while failing to record an out in the sixth). He's had an inefficient start to his Pirates tenure, tossing at least 95 pitches in each of his first three starts for Pittsburgh but lasting no more than five innings in any outing. The 29-year-old will carry a 4.49 ERA into his next start, which will come at home against the Braves on Monday.

OUTChris Archer
SP PIT
2 months ago

Archer (4-5) earned the win Wednesday against the Rockies, allowing two runs on five hits and two walks across five innings. He struck out three.

EDGE Analysis

Archer fared much better in his second start for the Pirates, stifling the Rockies at Coors Field to earn his first win with Pittsburgh. The right-hander retired the first eight batters he faced before pitcher German Marquez notched a single in the third inning. Archer wasn't as sharp over the final two innings -- allowing four hits and two walks -- but he managed to exit with a 3-2 lead after limiting the damage to a David Dahl two-run homer. He'll look to keep the momentum going in his next outing, which will come on the road against the Twins on Tuesday.