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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 Rays on Wednesday, but he also gave up four runs in six innings in taking his 10th loss.
Archer is just 11-10 despite his 2.88 ERA and 1.03 WHIP. The 10-strikeout game tonight was his third in four starts and ninth of the year. Aug 26 - 10:56 PM

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Chris Archer struck out 11 in a one-hit shutout as the Rays edged the Astros 1-0 on Thursday.

This might be the start of the year to date. Others have thrown no-hitters and others have struck out more batters, but no one has managed such a line while throwing just 98 pitches. Archer is the 12th pitcher since 2000 to strike out 10 in a shutout and throw fewer than 100 pitches. The last was Carlos Carrasco last September. Archer is now 11-9 with a 2.77 ERA this season.
Aug 20 - 11:31 PM

Chris Archer was hammered for eight runs -- seven earned -- across 5 1/3 innings Saturday by the Rangers.

Archer gave up one run in the first inning, two runs in the second inning, and he helped the Rangers kick off a seven-run sixth inning. It was one of the worst outings of the year for the 26-year-old right-hander, who gave up 11 hits and three walks while striking out only four Texas hitters. Archer will look to bounce back next week against the Astros.
Aug 15 - 11:20 PM

Chris Archer got a no-decision, allowing three runs in six innings, as the Rays pulled out a win over the Mets on Sunday.

All three runs scored in the second inning, when Archer issued four walks to force in a run, then gave up a two-run single to Daniel Murphy. He gave up four hits and four walks overall while striking out 10. The inning was certainly an aberration. Archer has otherwise turned in a terrific season, sporting a 2.62 ERA with a 1.00 WHIP and a 190/38 K/BB ratio over 154 2/3 innings. He starts in Texas against the Rangers next.
Aug 9 - 4:12 PM

Chris Archer limited the White Sox to two runs over seven innings in Tuesday's win.

Archer yielded six hits and a walk, striking out seven in the start. In an unlikely turn of events, Archer earned his first win since June 23 on Tuesday despite being opposed by Chris Sale. Archer is now 10-8 with a 2.54 ERA, 0.99 WHIP and 180/34 K/BB ratio over 148 2/3 innings. His next start will come Tuesday against the Braves.
Aug 4 - 11:50 PM

Chris Archer took a loss Wednesday despite striking out 11 and allowing just two unearned runs against the Tigers.

Archer was fantastic, yielding just three singles and not walking anyone. Unfortunately, Asdrubal Cabrera made an error in the seventh inning that led to the Tigers' only two runs and Detroit made it hold up. Archer is now sporting a 9-8 record despite a 2.54 ERA, 0.99 WHIP and 173/33 K/BB ratio over 141 2/3 innings. He'll take on the White Sox on the road next.
Jul 29 - 3:02 PM

Chris Archer delivered another strong outing in a no-decision against the Orioles on Friday, surrendering just one run on five hits over his six frames.

Archer whiffed nine in the impressive performance while walking two. The only thing forcing him from the game after six innings was an elevated pitch count of 110. The only damage against him came on an RBI double by Chris Davis in the fourth inning. Archer will carry a terrific 2.67 ERA and 1.02 WHIP into Wednesday's matchup against the Tigers.
Jul 24 - 10:24 PM

Chris Archer pitched well enough to win but took a loss Sunday, allowing just two runs over seven innings against the Blue Jays.

Chris Colabello got to Archer with a two-run shot in the fifth inning, but that's all the Jays were able to muster off the right-hander. Unfortunately for the right-hander, they added two more runs off the Rays' bullpen and the offense wasn't able to get anything going. Archer has alternated good and bad starts the last four times out and hasn't won any of them. He'll try to get back into the win column next weekend versus the Orioles.
Jul 19 - 3:47 PM

Chris Archer gave up a career-high nine runs over six innings Wednesday in a loss to the Royals.

Probably in part because the Rays played a doubleheader Tuesday, Archer was left in even after giving up five runs in the fifth, bringing his total for the night to seven. He surrendered two more in the sixth, both coming on Jarrod Dyson's inside-the-park homer, to overtake his previous career high of eight runs allowed. Archer's ERA jumped all of the way from 2.18 to 2.74 with the showing. It's just the sixth time in 19 starts this year that he's allowed more than two earned runs.
Jul 8 - 11:11 PM

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

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

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