Chris Archer
SP TB
4 days ago

Archer (2-1) allowed five runs on six hits and five walks across 6.2 innings in Monday's loss to the Orioles. He struck out five.

EDGE Analysis

Archer struggled with his command at times, issuing a season high in walks, but he was done in by the long ball as he got deeper into the game. Having allowed just one run through five-plus innings, he allowed back-to-back solo homers in the sixth before Adam Jones added a two-run shot in the seventh shortly before his removal. This was a somewhat uncharacteristic start for Archer, as the home runs were the first he had allowed this season and he entered with a respectable 2.8 BB/9. He will try to move past this disappointing outing Sunday against the Blue Jays.

Chris Archer
SP TB
1 week ago

Archer (2-0) allowed four runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out nine over five innings but didn't factor into the decision in Wednesday's 8-7 win over the Tigers.

EDGE Analysis

The right-hander needed 104 pitches (67 strikes) to get through his five frames, as the Tigers routinely pushed Archer deep into the count. He's still enjoying a strong start to 2017 with a 3.20 ERA and 27:8 K:BB through 25.1 innings. He'll next take the mound Monday in Baltimore.

Chris Archer
SP TB
2 weeks ago

Archer (2-0) gave up an earned run on six hits and two walks over 5.2 innings in Friday's 10-5 win over the Red Sox. He struck out five.

EDGE Analysis

Archer ran his pitch count up with some control issues, firing 102 pitches over his time on the mound. The Rays ace didn't miss as many bats as usual -- notching a modest nine swinging strikes -- but limited the damage to an Andrew Benintendi RBI single in the sixth. The 2017 campaign has gotten off to an excellent start overall for the 28-year-old righty after a 4-12 first half last season. He'll look to continue the positive momentum in a Wednesday home start against the Tigers.

Chris Archer
SP TB
3 weeks ago

Archer didn't factor into the decision Saturday versus the Blue Jays but racked up eight strikeouts and surrendered just two earned runs on five hits and three walks over 7.2 innings.

EDGE Analysis

Archer put in an effort worthy of a victory, but as was the case on many occasions last season, the Rays failed to give him adequate run support to notch a win. However, the hard-throwing right-hander's performance over the first two games of the season certainly provide reason for optimism, as Archer has now generated a 2.45 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 13:4 K:BB over the 14.2 innings covering his first two starts.

Chris Archer
SP TB
4 weeks ago

Archer allowed just two runs on seven hits and one walk across seven strong innings Sunday against the Yankees. He struck out five en route to his first win of the season.

EDGE Analysis

Archer ran into a bit of trouble in the second inning when he yielded two runs after three straight batters reached base, but he settled down and allowed just one hit through the next 15 batters. He loaded the bases on three soft hits in the seventh but was allowed to remain in the game and finished out his day by getting Gary Sanchez to ground out. Archer closed out the 2016 season strong after a rough first half and looks to have picked up where he left off, with his next outing scheduled for Saturday against the Blue Jays.

Chris Archer
SP TB
1 month ago

Archer struck out four and gave up just a hit and a walk over three scoreless innings in Tuesday's Grapefruit League loss to the Twins.

EDGE Analysis

Archer looked fully prepped for Opening Day and if his overall spring performance is any indication, he seems likely to get off to a much better start in 2017 than he did last season. The right-hander allowed only three earned runs in 13.2 innings while notching 17 strikeouts in his spring starts with the Rays, in addition to firing four scoreless frames for Team USA in his one World Baseball Classic appearance. According to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, manager Kevin Cash feels this has been Archer's best spring during Cash's three seasons as manager, offering further reason to believe the hard-throwing 28-year-old will bounce back from last season's career-high 19 losses.

Chris Archer
SP TB
1 month ago

Archer was named the Rays' Opening Day starter Thursday, Roger Mooney of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

EDGE Analysis

For the third consecutive year, Archer will take the mound on Opening Day as Tampa Bay's ace. Archer got off to a rocky start last season, notching a 4.66 ERA with 18 home runs allowed in the first half of the year before settling down with a 3.25 ERA and 1.01 WHIP after the All-Star break. He has looked sharp this spring, striking out 13 batters over 10.2 innings. Archer and the Rays will host the Yankees to start the season.

Chris Archer
SP TB
1 month ago

Archer struck out six but gave up four runs (three earned) on five hits and two walks over 5.2 innings in Wednesday's 7-4 Grapefruit League loss to the Orioles.

EDGE Analysis

Although he allowed his first three runs of spring, including a two-run home run to Chris Johnson, Archer was pleased with several aspects of his performance. He threw only six sliders as he continued focusing on honing his fastball command and went the deepest into a game he's gone so far this spring. He finished on a positive note as well, striking out the last two batters he faced. "It was different pitching into the sixth inning because I haven't done that yet, but my body felt good," he said. "I was able to repeat my mechanics. That last inning was probably my best inning."

Chris Archer
SP TB
1 month ago

Archer pitched in a minor-league game Thursday against Double-A Chattanooga and was solid over 4.2 innings, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Rays ace allowed just two hits and two walks over his time on the mound while recording seven strikeouts. He threw a total of 74 pitches, 48 of which found the strike zone. The outing was intended to keep Archer on his regular pitching schedule after he pitched for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic last Friday. After working in that high-stakes environment, Archer welcomed the opportunity to work on different aspects of his game Thursday. "It was nice I was able to some different things I wouldn't have been able to do in the Classic,'' he said. "The Classic is basically do or die, so you want to stick with what feels good that day. Today, (C Jesus) Sucre did a good job of forcing me to do some different things and I found a new confidence in a couple areas that I didn't necessarily have in spring training yet.''

Chris Archer
SP TB
2 months ago

Archer, who tossed four perfect innings for Team USA against Team Colombia in Friday's World Baseball Classic opener, is scheduled to rejoin the Rays this week, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

EDGE Analysis

Team USA failed to win its group, so Archer, who needs to pitch Thursday in order to remain on a normal schedule for an April 2 Opening Day start, is likely to throw in a minor league game on that day as the Rays also happen to have an off day. However, the possibility exists that Team USA officials may persuade the Rays to instead push Archer's start back by one day and instead let him pitch on Friday in the second round of WBC play.