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Chris Archer | Starting Pitcher

Team: Tampa Bay Rays
Age / DOB:  (26) / 9/26/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 190
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Chris Archer struck out 12 batters across eight scoreless innings, but took a no-decision as the Rays lost late to the Mariners on Wednesday.
Archer was out-dueling Felix Hernandez, but closer Brad Boxberger took the hill in the ninth inning despite Archer having thrown only 95 pitches. Archer allowed only two hits and walked zero batters. The right-hander has a terrific 2.12 ERA with a 0.99 WHIP and an 82/20 K/BB ratio in 68 innings. He'll try to get back in the win column when he faces the Angels on the road in his next outing. May 27 - 3:36 PM

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Chris Archer improved to 5-4 on the year after holding the Athletics to one run over 5 1/3 innings on Friday.

The only run scored on a solo homer from Stephen Vogt in the fourth inning. Archer gave up six hits and four walks while striking out eight batters, so his pitch count added up quickly. He has now walked four batters in three out of his last five starts, but still owns a quality 2.40 ERA and 70/20 K/BB ratio in 60 innings over 10 starts.
May 22 - 11:31 PM

Chris Archer pitched a dominant start on Sunday, holding the Twins to one run over six innings in an 11-3 win.

Archer struck out four while scattering four hits and walking one against the Twins. The lone run against him came when Joe Mauer hit an RBI single in the first inning. Having gotten that out of the way early, Archer cruised through the next five innings. He's posted starts like this consistently over the course of the season and currently holds a 2.47 ERA, 1.01 WHIP and a 62/16 K/BB ratio across 54 2/3 innings. An afternoon home start against the A's awaits Archer next weekend.
May 17 - 5:31 PM

Chris Archer pitched well in a no-decision, yielding two runs over seven innings, as the Rays beat the Yankees on Tuesday.

Archer gave up both runs in the first inning on RBI singles from Brian McCann and Carlos Beltran. He was in line for the loss until the Rays rallied for two runs in the bottom of the seventh. Overall, the right-hander gave up seven hits and a walk while striking out eight. Archer had scuffled in his last couple starts but Tuesday's outing kept his ERA at 2.59 with a 1.03 WHIP and a 58/15 K/BB ratio over 48 2/3 innings. The next time he toes the slab, he'll face the Twins in Minnesota.
May 12 - 9:54 PM

Despite striking out eight, Chris Archer gave up five runs in 3 1/3 innings Thursday against the Rangers.

Archer, probably the AL's best pitcher in April, walked four for the second straight start after issuing a total of six walks in his first five starts. He walked 72 batters last year, so this isn't anything new for him. Still, it seemed like he might be past the youthful inconsistency with the way he threw last month. Oh well... he's still a fine bet in mixed leagues.
May 7 - 11:20 PM

Chris Archer had his worst start of the season, allowing four runs on six hits over 6 1/3 innings against the Orioles on Saturday.

Archer had not allowed an earned run since Opening Day, but the 26-year-old was a little off on Saturday and the Orioles took advantage, scoring three runs in the third inning and tacking on a solo home run by Caleb Joseph in the sixth. Archer struck out five, but also walked a season-high four in the outing. Despite the relatively rough start, he'll still take a 1.64 ERA, 0.89 WHIP and 41/10 K/BB ratio against the Rangers at home in his next start. Archer's talent is unquestionable and one middling start does not change that.
May 2 - 10:08 PM

Chris Archer kept rolling along Sunday, yielding just two hits and one walk while striking out seven across seven shutout frames in a 5-1 win over the Blue Jays.

Archer allowed two of the first four hitters he faced to reach base and then just one got on the rest of the way. The young right-hander is on some kind of streak, as he hasn't allowed an earned run in his last four outings after a so-so Opening Day start. He already has three starts this season where he's given up two hits or fewer and no runs across seven innings. Archer will take on the Orioles in Baltimore next weekend.
Apr 26 - 4:12 PM

Chris Archer struck out nine over 5 2/3 innings, allowing only an unearned run, but he took the loss against the Red Sox on Tuesday.

Archer scattered seven hits and a walk during the outing, with a throwing error in the third inning accounting for the Red Sox' only run. Archer has now struck out 30 batters over 25 1/3 innings this year, owning a 1.07 ERA and 0.83 WHIP through four starts. The Blue Jays' hitters are Archer's next target, and the two sides will square off Sunday.
Apr 21 - 10:06 PM

Chris Archer fanned 11 over seven scoreless innings in dominating the Blue Jays in Thursday's win.

The bullpen was shaky, but Tampa Bay held on to win 4-2. Archer has allowed a total of three hits over 14 scoreless innings his last two times out. His command may come and go at times, but he should be an asset in mixed leagues all year long.
Apr 16 - 10:20 PM

Chris Archer tossed seven shutout frames Saturday in the Rays' 2-0 defeat of the Marlins.

Archer was brilliant, yielding only one hit and one walk while fanning five Miami hitters. It was a nice turnaround from his 2015 debut last Monday, in which the 26-year-old right-hander yielded four runs -- three earned -- over 5 2/3 innings in a loss to the Orioles. Archer will try to keep it rolling next week in Toronto. He posted a cool 3.33 ERA, 1.279 WHIP, and 173 strikeouts in 194 2/3 innings last season.
Apr 11 - 6:57 PM

Chris Archer was tagged for four runs (three earned) over 5 2/3 innings in a loss to the Orioles on Opening Day on Monday.

Making his career first Opening Day start with Alex Cobb sidelined, Archer allowed six hits, including two home runs. He fanned five and walked one in the loss. The 26-year-old gave up just 12 home runs all last season while posting a 3.33 ERA across 32 starts. He's already a perfectly respectable option in fantasy leagues, but there's reason to believe that he still has another level.
Apr 6 - 6:32 PM

Chris Archer has been named the Rays' Opening Day starter.

Alex Cobb would have been given the nod, but he's been slowed by some forearm tightness and probably won't be ready until mid-to-late April. Archer, 26, posted a 3.33 ERA, 1.279 WHIP, and 173 strikeouts in 194 2/3 innings last season for the Rays. Tampa Bay opens the 2015 campaign at home against the Orioles on April 6.
Mar 26 - 12:25 PM

Chris Archer allowed one hit over four scoreless innings as the Rays topped the Blue Jays 9-3 on Wednesday.

No pressure, Chris. It's just that you're the Rays' only hope right now. With Alex Cobb, Drew Smyly and Alex Colome all potentially beginning the year on the DL, Archer and Jake Odorizzi are the Rays' projected starters currently healthy.
Mar 18 - 4:58 PM

Chris Archer was outstanding in a tough luck loss against the Indians on Friday, allowing just one run on three hits over 7 2/3 innings.

The hard-throwing right-hander punched out six on the evening while walking just two. The only damage against him, and in the ballgame, came on a solo home run off the bat of Jose Ramirez in the second inning. His season concludes with a 10-9 record, 3.33 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 173/72 K/BB ratio over 194 2/3 innings. Once he can learn to limit the walks, the sky is the limit for this 26-year-old.
Fri, Sep 26, 2014 09:43:00 PM

Chris Archer tossed seven innings of one-run ball Sunday in the Rays' 6-5 defeat of the Blue Jays.

Archer was left with a no-decision because Jake McGee blew the save in the bottom of the ninth and the Rays had to win it in extras. The young right-hander was sharp, striking out nine batters and yielding only three hits. He has a 3.54 ERA and 164 strikeouts in 180 2/3 innings this season.
Sun, Sep 14, 2014 05:00:00 PM

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C1Rene Rivera
2Bobby Wilson
1B1James Loney
2B1Nick Franklin
2Logan Forsythe
SS1Asdrubal Cabrera
2Tim Beckham
3Jake Elmore
3B1Evan Longoria
LF1Desmond Jennings
2Joey Butler
CF1Kevin Kiermaier
RF1Steven Souza
2Brandon Guyer
DH1John Jaso
2David DeJesus
Starting Pitcher
S1Chris Archer
2Jake Odorizzi
3Nate Karns
4Alex Colome
5Erasmo Ramirez
6Matt Moore
7Alex Cobb
8Drew Smyly
9Burch Smith
Relief Pitcher
R1Brad Boxberger
2Jake McGee
3Kevin Jepsen
4Ernesto Frieri
5Jeff Beliveau
6Steve Geltz
7Brandon Gomes
8Xavier Cedeno
9Kirby Yates