Chris Archer
SP PIT
3 days 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.

Chris Archer
SP PIT
1 week 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.

Chris Archer
SP PIT
2 weeks ago

Archer will take the mound versus St. Louis on Friday, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Contrary to a previous report from the club's game notes, per Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic, Archer will now slide into the Pirates' rotation for the series opener against the Redbirds. He will be pitching on six days' rest after throwing against Baltimore on Friday while he was still a member of the Rays. Due to this shift, Ivan Nova and Trevor Williams will be pushed back to Saturday and Sunday, respectively, while Joe Musgrove is in line for Monday's game in Colorado.

Chris Archer
SP PIT
2 weeks ago

Archer is not in line to face the Cardinals this weekend, Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic reports.

EDGE Analysis

It was expected that Archer would take the hill during Pittsburgh's three-game set versus St. Louis since his last start with the Rays came Friday. At the moment, it appears as though his Pirates' debut will come in Colorado on Monday, since the club is listing Ivan Nova, Trevor Williams and Joe Musgrove as the pitchers this weekend. Through 17 starts with Tampa Bay, he logged a 4.31 ERA and 9.6 K/9.

Chris Archer
SP PIT
3 weeks ago

The Pirates have a deal in place to acquire Archer from the Rays for a rumored package of Austin Meadows and Tyler Glasnow, Stephen J. Nesbitt of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

EDGE Analysis

Archer has once again underperformed relative to his fielding-independent numbers, posting a 4.31 ERA, 1.39 WHIP and 102 strikeouts in 96 innings. However, he has a 2.70 ERA, 1.36 WHIP and 50 strikeouts over his last eight starts (43.1 innings), so he's pitching better right now than he has all season. While the Pirates probably won't win the National League Central this year, Archer is under team control for the next three-plus seasons at less than $10 million AAV, so the deal makes sense, given Pittsburgh's payroll restrictions and competitive window. Archer is currently scheduled to start Wednesday, so he should slot into the Pirates' rotation in a day or two. His fantasy value should receive a slight boost, as Archer moves from the American League East to the National League.

Chris Archer
SP PIT
4 weeks ago

Archer allowed four runs (three earned) on eight hits while striking out 13 across six innings Sunday as he didn't factor into the decision against the Marlins.

EDGE Analysis

Archer got off the hook for the loss due to a five-run ninth inning after he exited the game with a three-run deficit in the sixth. He collected a season-high 13 strikeouts in his 16th outing of the year and now sits with a 99:29 K:BB over 90 innings. Archer will look to improve his 4.30 ERA heading into next Friday's start against the Orioles.

Chris Archer
SP PIT
1 month ago

Archer lasted 4.1 innings Saturday, giving up two runs (one earned) on five hits and a walk while striking out seven. He didn't factor into the decision during Tampa Bay's blowout win.

EDGE Analysis

The Rays delivered a deluge of runs in the later innings that locked up a victory long after Archer had exited. The erratic righty failed to finish five innings for the second straight assignment, laboring with just 59 strikes on 93 pitches. On the bright side, he induced 16 swinging strikes, allowing him to supplement his line via the K's column. This was also just his second start since returning from a stint on the disabled list due to an abdominal strain, so perhaps he's rusty. Archer will carry a 4.29 ERA into the second half yet still has hope for a notable turnaround if his 8.9 K/9 and 3.2 BB/9 can push him more toward his 3.79 FIP.

Chris Archer
SP PIT
1 month ago

Archer (abdomen) was officially activated from the 10-day disabled list in advance of Monday's start against the Tigers, Juan Toribio of The Athletic Tampa Bay reports.

EDGE Analysis

He is set for a two-start week, with another start on tap this weekend in Minnesota. Archer logged four no-hit innings, striking out seven for High-A Charlotte in his lone rehab start. He only threw 54 pitches in that outing, so he will likely be on a pitch count in his first start back.

Chris Archer
SP PIT
1 month ago

Archer (abdomen) will return from the disabled list to start Monday's game against the Tigers, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

EDGE Analysis

Manager Kevin Cash confirmed Archer for Monday's contest, and he will likely be limited to about 75 pitches. The 29-year-old has been on the disabled list since June 5 with an abdominal strain, and had a 4.24 ERA and 1.34 WHIP over 76.1 innings prior to the injury.

Chris Archer
SP PIT
1 month ago

Archer (abdomen) tossed four innings during a rehab start with High-A Charlotte on Tuesday and may return to the Rays' rotation Monday, Marc Topkin of The Tampa Bay Times reports.

EDGE Analysis

Manager Kevin Cash said that Archer felt good following Tuesday's outing, during which he allowed just one baserunner on a walk and struck out seven over four scoreless frames. Looking ahead, tentatively plan on Archer taking the hill against Detroit on Monday, though he will be on some sort of pitch count. Look for confirmation of his status this weekend.