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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 delivered another dominant start on Friday, racking up eight strikeouts over 6 2/3 scoreless innings against the Yankees.
Archer surrendered just three hits and three walks in the contest. Unfortunately for him, and for fantasy owners, the Rays bullpen was unable to protect the three-run advantage he handed them. The 26-year-old has been one of the finest pitchers in all of baseball this season, registering a 2.18 ERA and 141/28 K/BB ratio over 115 2/3 innings. He'll look to finish the first half strong when he does battle against the Royals in Kansas City on Thursday. Jul 3 - 11:45 PM

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Chris Archer suffered his first loss since May 7, surrendering five runs in six innings against the Red Sox on Sunday.

And thus ends Archer's streak of nine consecutive starts holding the opposition to three or fewer runs. The Red Sox jumped on him early, clubbing a pair of solo home runs in the second. David Ortiz added a two-run home run in the fourth and Pablo Sandoval hit a sacrifice fly in the sixth. Archer only gave up five hits and a walk overall and struck out 10, so it wasn't all bad. The right-hander remains one of the strongest pitchers in the American League, carrying a 2.31 ERA with a 0.95 WHIP and a 133/25 K/BB ratio over 109 innings. Archer will try to rebound next weekend when he starts at Yankee Stadium.
Jun 28 - 4:38 PM

Chris Archer held the Blue Jays to two runs -- one earned -- over eight innings in the Rays' 4-3 win on Tuesday.

Archer surrendered a solo homer to Dioner Navarro in the fifth inning but was otherwise stingy, allowing just three hits and a walk on his watch. The right-hander struck out seven in the outing. Archer improved to 9-4 with a 2.10 ERA, 0.96 WHIP and 123/24 K/BB ratio with the performance. Archer will return to the mound Monday against the Indians.
Jun 23 - 9:46 PM

Chris Archer pitched a relatively quiet game for him, striking out five White Sox and allowing three runs over seven-plus innings in Saturday's no-decision.

Archer had struck out 11 or more in each of his last three starts, but the White Sox actually managed to put bat on the ball in Saturday's contest. Archer scattered five hits over his seven innings of work. He allowed runs in the first and fourth innings, then walked Adam Eaton to open the eighth inning. Eaton would score after Archer left the game, tacking the final run on his line. Archer is putting up Cy Young-caliber numbers and currently holds a 1.90 ERA, 0.94 WHIP and 113/21 K/BB ratio over 90 innings. He'll face the Nationals in his next start, which should generate some fun at-bats against Bryce Harper.
Jun 13 - 8:15 PM

Chris Archer continued his unreal run of strikeout performances, fanning 11 Mariners and allowing just one unearned run over seven innings in a 3-1 win on Sunday.

Yowza. Over his last 23 innings, Archer has struck out 38 batters. He's now posted three straight starts with 11 or more punch-outs. The numbers are somewhat staggering. Only an RBI single by Brad Miller in the seventh prevented Archer from locking down the shutout--and that run was unearned. With the dominant outing, the 26-year-old dropped his ERA to 1.84 and his WHIP to 0.95. He holds a 108/20 K/BB ratio in 83 innings. Up next for Archer's slicing and dicing pleasure, the White Sox.
Jun 7 - 7:13 PM

Chris Archer was dominant again in a win on Tuesday, striking out 15 batters and allowing only one run over eight innings against the Angels.

There may not be a hotter pitcher going right now than Archer. He struck out 12 in eight shutout frames a week ago against the Mariners and hasn't allowed more than one run in each of his last four starts. He scattered six Angel hits while walking zero in the effort, lowering his ERA to 2.01 with a 0.96 WHIP and a 97/20 K/BB ratio in 76 innings. Archer will get another crack at the Mariners in his next start, which will come in Seattle.
Jun 3 - 12:44 AM

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

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

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Rene Rivera
2Curt Casali
1B1James Loney
2B1Logan Forsythe
SS1Asdrubal Cabrera
2Jake Elmore
3B1Evan Longoria
LF1Desmond Jennings
2Joey Butler
CF1Kevin Kiermaier
RF1Steven Souza
2Brandon Guyer
3Grady Sizemore
DH1John Jaso
2David DeJesus
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Chris Archer
2Jake Odorizzi
3Matt Moore
4Nate Karns
5Alex Colome
6Erasmo Ramirez
7Alex Cobb
8Drew Smyly
9Burch Smith
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Brad Boxberger
2Jake McGee
3Kevin Jepsen
4Jeff Beliveau
5Steve Geltz
6Brandon Gomes
7Xavier Cedeno
8Andrew Bellatti
9C.J. Riefenhauser