Chris Archer
SP PIT
4 months ago

Archer allowed one run on four hits and three walks with six strikeouts through six innings Wednesday night against the Red Sox but was left with a no-decision.

EDGE Analysis

Archer was dueled blow-for-blow by Boston starter David Price. A strong May continues for Archer, who was horrible in March and April, with a 6.61 ERA and 1.59 WHIP in six starts in the season's first month and change. In five May starts, Archer now owns a 2.76 ERA with a 1.07 WHIP. The main difference has been his ability to keep the ball in the yard. Archer allowed a homer in each of his first six starts, but aside from his worst May start, in which he allowed three home runs against the Orioles on May 12, Archer hasn't allowed a home run all month. He'll look to keep things trending in the right direction when he takes the mound next Monday against Oakland.

Chris Archer
SP PIT
4 months ago

Archer (2-3) was hit with the loss Saturday against the Orioles, allowing six runs on seven hits and three walks across seven innings. He struck out four.

EDGE Analysis

It was the second straight start Archer made it seven innings, though his line was less favorable Saturday thanks to the trio of long balls he conceded. The 29-year-old has now given up nine home runs through nine starts (1.5 HR/9); he served up a homer in each of his first six starts but had kept the ball in the yard in his previous two outings heading into Saturday. He also allowed Chance Sisco to steal home and saw another run score on a wild pitch. Archer now owns an unremarkable 5.64 ERA through nine starts (52.2 innings) despite his solid 52:15 K:BB. He'll look to bounce back in his next start, which will come on the road against the Angels.

Chris Archer
SP PIT
5 months ago

Archer (2-2) allowed two runs on six hits and one walk across six innings while taking the loss Tuesday against the Tigers. He struck out six.

EDGE Analysis

Archer scattered baserunners for the most part, giving up single runs in the third and fifth innings en route to his second quality start of the season. He pitched well enough to win, but Matthew Boyd twirled a gem of his own on the other end and sunk him to his second loss. Archer was less than impressive over his first four outings, but he's gone at least six innings while allowing exactly two earned runs in two of his last three outings to lower his bloated ERA to 6.05. Somewhat concerningly, Archer has allowed 22 hits over his last 18 innings, and his 9.8 K/9 is his lowest since 2014.

Chris Archer
SP PIT
5 months ago

Archer's next scheduled start has been moved to Thursday against the Orioles, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

EDGE Analysis

Archer had been scheduled to start Wednesday's game against Baltimore. Although Archer will still face the Orioles, he'll have an extra day to rest with Tampa Bay bumping their rotation back a day following the postponement of Tuesday's game.

Chris Archer
SP PIT
5 months ago

Archer (1-1) had to settle for a no-decision in Friday's extra-inning win over the Twins, allowing two runs on four hits and a walk over 6.2 innings while striking out five.

EDGE Analysis

It's his first quality start in five trips to the mound this season. Archer threw 62 of 92 pitches for strikes, and while his 6.59 ERA remains ugly, his 29:10 K:BB in 27.1 innings suggests it will come down soon enough. The right-hander's next start will come Wednesday on the road in Baltimore.

Chris Archer
SP PIT
5 months ago

Archer, who'll start Friday night's game against the Twins, isn't a subject of concern for manager Kevin Cash despite sporting a 7.84 ERA and 1.69 WHIP over his first four starts, Bill Chastain of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

The same goes for Archer himself, who states that he's already "flushed" his disastrous outing against the Phillies last time out. The hard-throwing right-hander allowed seven earned runs over four innings in that start, but he commented that he felt much better over his last pair of frames and felt he was actually "getting into a groove" following a forgettable second inning. Meanwhile, Cash feels that there's isn't anything amiss physically or mechanically with his staff ace despite his struggles, and he also brushed off talk that Archer should resort to mixing more changeups into his repertoire. "I don't agree with that," Cash said. "He's a fastball-slider pitcher. He can use it as he wants. But I certainly don't agree with the fact that the changeup needs to be in place of his fastball or slider. And he doesn't either."

Chris Archer
SP PIT
5 months ago

Archer (1-1) took the loss against the Phillies on Saturday, surrendering seven runs on eight hits and two walks over four innings while striking out two.

EDGE Analysis

Four of the hits off Archer went for extra bases, including two doubles by rookie Scott Kingery and a solo home run by J.P. Crawford. The right-hander has allowed at least four runs in each of his first four starts this season, saddling him with a 7.84 ERA despite a strong 24:9 K:BB in 20.2 innings. Archer will look to turn things around Friday at home against the Twins.

Chris Archer
SP PIT
6 months ago

Archer (1-0) gave up four runs (three earned) on six hits and three walks while striking out eight batters over 5.2 innings in Monday's 5-4 victory over the White Sox.

EDGE Analysis

For the second consecutive game, Archer struck out eight batters in less than six innings of work. Although the righty managed to earn his first win of the season, home runs remained an issue for Archer, as he gave up a two-run shot to Nicky Delmonico in the fifth inning. Over three games (16.2 innings) Archer has now surrendered three home runs. His next start projects to be Saturday when the Rays host the Phillies.

Chris Archer
SP PIT
6 months ago

Archer's next scheduled start will be against the White Sox on Monday, Marc Topkin of The Tampa Bay Times reports.

EDGE Analysis

Archer recently took the mound versus the Yankees on Tuesday, allowing four runs on six hits and three walks while striking out eight batters over five innings. The 29-year-old hasn't factored into either decision during his first two starts of the season, and instead of facing Boston for the second time in 2018, manager Kevin Cash decided to throw another "bullpen game" Sunday for the series finale.

Chris Archer
SP PIT
6 months ago

Archer allowed four runs on six hits and three walks while striking out eight batters during Tuesday's 11-4 loss to the Yankees. He didn't factor into the decision.

EDGE Analysis

Archer also allowed four runs through six frames to the Red Sox in his season debut. The 29-year-old righty is one of the best and most reliable sources of strikeouts in the league, but his ratios and win totals haven't been a lot of help to fantasy owners over the past two seasons. With another start against Boston up next, there's potential for Archer's underwhelming start to 2018 to continue.