Chris Archer
SP TB
4 months ago

Archer (10-12) earned the win over the Orioles on Saturday, allowing just two hits and two walks over five scoreless innings. He struck out six.

EDGE Analysis

Archer came into the game having dropped five consecutive decisions, so it was good to see him end the season with a win. There was a forearm scare near the end of the campaign, but it proved minor, and Archer ultimately surpassed 200 innings for a third straight season. While his heavy slider usage could catch up to him eventually, Archer has been extremely durable to this point in his career.

Chris Archer
SP TB
4 months ago

Archer (9-12) allowed six runs -- five earned -- on eight hits and a walk while striking out two batters through just 3.2 innings to take the loss against Baltimore on Sunday.

EDGE Analysis

Archer has now lost five consecutive games with 21 runs allowed over just 16.2 innings. It's been a discouraging stretch to finish the season, and a potentially crippling one to fantasy owners that counted on the righty. Archer will look to right the ship in a repeat matchup against Baltimore at Tropicana Field in his final start of 2017.

Chris Archer
SP TB
4 months ago

Archer (9-11) gave up just two runs over six innings against the Cubs on Tuesday, but that was enough to land him in the loss column. He struck out six while allowing four hits and a walk.

EDGE Analysis

Considering that Archer's last three appearances had seen him give up 13 runs (11 earned) in a grand total of seven innings, this represents a big step forward for him even though it's his fourth consecutive loss. Archer's strikeout prowess is matched by few in the game, but his proneness to the long ball and occasionally suspect control have conspired to limit his fantasy value. The Rays' status as a sub-.500 team certainly isn't helping either.

Chris Archer
SP TB
4 months ago

Archer (9-10) gave up three runs on six hits and three walks while striking out five over four innings in a losing effort against the Yankees on Wednesday.

EDGE Analysis

Archer has struggled in two starts since his return from a bout of forearm tightness, allowing nine earned runs on 15 hits over seven innings. The Rays have not given any indication that the forearm is still an issue. Assuming nothing surfaces on that front in the coming days, Archer will toe the rubber next week against the Cubs, and most owners will want to keep him active even after this recent rough stretch.

Chris Archer
SP TB
4 months ago

Archer (9-9) allowed eight runs, six of which were earned, on nine hits and one walk while striking out five across three innings to take the loss Friday against the Red Sox.

EDGE Analysis

Archer gave up a three-run homer to Mookie Betts in the first inning before getting tagged for five more runs before recording an out in the fourth inning. After suffering a forearm injury in his last outing, he certainly didn't have his typical type of performance, but if he checks out healthy, fantasy owners will hope that he gets on track quickly. He'll make his next start Wednesday against the Yankees.

Chris Archer
SP TB
4 months ago

Archer (forearm) is officially in the lineup card and starting Friday's game against Boston, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

EDGE Analysis

Archer was confirmed as the starter Wednesday, and will indeed be ready to go for the series opener following a premature exit from his previous outing Saturday, due to right lateral forearm tightness. The right-hander felt "great" after playing catch Tuesday, and avoided any structural damage in his pitching arm.

Chris Archer
SP TB
4 months ago

Archer (forearm) will start Friday against the Red Sox, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

EDGE Analysis

The plan had been for Austin Pruitt to start Friday with Archer moving back a day or two, but Pruitt was needed in relief Wednesday and Archer is now slated to remain on his normal schedule after all. Archer left his start last weekend after eight pitches due to tightness in his forearm, but no structural damage was found upon examination and he played catch Tuesday without any lingering discomfort.

Chris Archer
SP TB
4 months ago

Archer (forearm) will not start Friday's game against the Red Sox, though he said he's hoping to pitch Saturday or Sunday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

EDGE Analysis

Archer exited his last start in the first inning with lateral forearm tightness, and while the issue will slightly delay his next start, it isn't expected to sideline him for too long. X-rays came back clean, and Archer said he "felt great" after playing catch Tuesday, so if everything checks out when he ramps up his throwing Wednesday, the ace may be able to return to the Rays' rotation over the weekend. Austin Pruitt will start in his place Friday.

Chris Archer
SP TB
4 months ago

Archer had his forearm examined by team orthopedic surgeon Dr. Koco Eaton on Monday and received confirmation that there is no structural damage, Roger Mooney of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

EDGE Analysis

This was the best-case scenario after Archer was forced from his start against the White Sox last Saturday in the first inning with lateral forearm tightness. The hard-throwing right-hander was scheduled to play catch Monday afternoon and then be reexamined. Manager Kevin Cash has said that the odds are against Archer making his next scheduled starter against the Red Sox on Friday, but the good news is that he apparently will pitch again this season.

Chris Archer
SP TB
4 months ago

Archer said Sunday that he's still dealing with some tightness in his forearm following his early departure from Saturday's game against the White Sox, but is optimistic that he's not dealing with anything serious and will be able to make his next start, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

EDGE Analysis

According to Topkin, Archer, who was removed Saturday in the first inning without recording an out, will visit with a doctor early Monday to confirm that he's not dealing with any muscular injury. If that's indeed the case, Archer would play catch later that day before throwing his normal pre-start bullpen session, likely on Wednesday. That would put Archer on tap to take the hill Friday for the first contest of a three-game series in Boston over the weekend.