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Chris Archer | Starting Pitcher

Team: Tampa Bay Rays
Age / DOB:  (25) / 9/26/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 185
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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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. Sep 14 - 5:00 PM

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Chris Archer earned his ninth victory of the season after allowing three runs over 6 1/3 innings as the Rays defeated the Yankees on Tuesday.

Archer got the first out to kick off the seventh inning, but was lifted after Ichiro Suzuki reached on an infield single. He held the Yankees to seven hits on the evening without walking a batter and striking out three. He did allow a solo home run to Jacoby Ellsbury. Archer was coming off back-to-back poor outings, so this was a nice rebound. He'll take his 3.63 ERA, 1.34 WHIP, and 155/63 K/BB ratio into a start in Toronto against the Blue Jays on Sunday.
Sep 9 - 10:44 PM

Chris Archer suffered his eighth loss of the season after surrendering six runs over six innings on Wednesday against the Blue Jays.

This is the second clunker in a row for Archer, who was responsible for eight runs (seven earned) in four innings against the Red Sox last Friday. Archer was hammered for 10 hits -- including two home runs to Dioner Navarro and Edwin Encarnacion -- while walking one and striking out two. His ERA has ballooned to 3.60 with a 1.34 WHIP and 152/63 K/BB ratio. Archer will try to stop the bleeding on Tuesday at Yankee Stadium.
Sep 3 - 11:08 PM

Chris Archer delivered one of the worst outings of his career in Friday’s loss to the Red Sox, surrendering eight runs (seven earned) on nine hits in just four innings of work.

Archer also issued a pair of walks while striking out three in the brutal appearance. While poor defense could be partially to blame (three errors in the first two innings), he was far too hittable to succeed in this one. The big blow came in the second inning, where Mookie Betts blasted a two-out grand slam to put the game out of reach. Even with the atrocity, Archer still owns a 3.40 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 150/62 K/BB ratio on the season. He’ll look to get back on track when he takes on the Blue Jays on Wednesday.
Aug 29 - 11:03 PM

Chris Archer hurled seven innings of one-run ball Sunday in the Rays' 10th-inning win over the Blue Jays.

Archer scattered six hits and a walk over the seven dominant frames. He struck out six. The 25-year-old right-hander owns a 2.25 ERA and 46 strikeouts in 44 innings since the All-Star break. He will try to keep it rolling Friday at home against the Red Sox.
Aug 24 - 4:51 PM

Chris Archer fanned 12 while limiting the Rangers to one run over seven innings in a win Wednesday.

The 12 strikeouts were a new high for him; he fanned 11 against the Rangers as a rookie in 2012 and again versus the Red Sox back in May. He's turned in five straight quality starts, never walking more than two batters in any of those outings, and he's now 8-5 with a 3.24 ERA for the season.
Aug 13 - 11:40 PM

Chris Archer was handed a no-decision on Friday despite allowing just two runs (one earned) on five hits over six strong innings of work.

The hard-throwing right-hander punched out six on the afternoon while issuing just one free pass. He has done a nice job for the Rays this season, registering a 3.33 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 123/52 K/BB ratio over 137 2/3 innings. He'll look to get back in the win column when he does battle against the Rangers in Arlington on Wednesday.
Aug 8 - 8:38 PM

Chris Archer struck out nine and allowed three runs over six innings of work on Saturday.

Archer picked up the win, bumping his record over .500 (7-6). He threw 109 pitches in his six innings of work. The 25-year old is having a nice sophomore season, posting an ERA of 3.42 and a WHIP of 1.31. He'll have to work on being more efficient with his pitches to get that WHIP down, but these are the learning curves for young pitchers. He has the stuff to be a dominant starter in this league.
Aug 3 - 12:21 AM

Chris Archer allowed three runs on six hits over six innings and took the loss against the Red Sox on Sunday.

Archer wasn't particularly sharp but he made just one really big mistake, which David Ortiz hit out of the park for a three-run home run. It was the only scoring Archer would allow, walking two while striking out three on the afternoon. The loss dropped him to 6-6 with a 3.37 ERA through 21 starts. He's got a tough matchup with the Angels on tap for Saturday.
Jul 27 - 5:26 PM

Chris Archer picked up his sixth win of the season, allowing three runs (one earned) over 6 1/3 innings on Sunday against the Twins.

It was a vanilla outing for Archer -- not great, but not bad, either. He allowed six hits, walked two, and struck out four. Archer will bring a 3.31 ERA, a 1.31 WHIP, and a 105/47 K/BB ratio into Sunday's home start against the Red Sox.
Jul 20 - 6:25 PM

Chris Archer was hit hard in a no-decision against the Blue Jays on Friday, surrendering five runs on six hits over his five innings of work.

The young right-hander also issued three free passes while punching out seven on the night. The Jays broke through for three runs in the third inning, and added on a two-run single by Jose Reyes with two outs in the fourth to complete the damage. Even with the rough outing, Archer finishes the first half of the season with a 3.41 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 101/45 K/BB ratio over his 113 1/3 innings.
Jul 11 - 10:52 PM

Chris Archer pitched into the ninth inning, carrying the Rays to a 7-2 defeat of the Tigers on Saturday.

Archer yielded just two runs in his impressive outing -- one on a solo homer to Alex Avila in the bottom of the seventh inning and the other on a ninth-inning solo shot by J.D. Martinez. Archer will carry a 3.16 ERA into his next outing at home against the Blue Jays.
Jul 5 - 7:22 PM

Chris Archer gave up two runs and five hits over seven innings Monday against the Yankees.

It wasn't quite enough to get Archer a win -- the Rays blew a one-run lead in the ninth -- but Archer did remain 4-0 with a 1.51 ERA lifetime against the Yankees. He finished June with a 1.95 ERA and no homers allowed in six starts.
Jul 1 - 12:17 AM

Chris Archer fell to 4-5, allowing five runs (four earned) over seven innings in Tuesday's loss to the Pirates.

Despite a couple of hiccups, including Tuesday's outing, Archer has been much improved over the last two months. Against the Pirates, the right-hander allowed seven hits and two walks while striking out seven. Still with an excellent 3.29 ERA along with a 1.32 WHIP and a 86/36 K/BB ratio, Archer will look to bounce back in his next start against the Yankees in the Bronx.
Jun 24 - 11:10 PM

Chris Archer held the Astros scoreless over 6 2/3 innings in Thursday's win.

Archer rebounded nicely after allowing six runs (only one earned) in Saturday's start, also against the Astros. On Thursday, the right-hander allowed just three hits and two walks while striking out eight. Quietly, the 25-year-old is putting together a fine season, as he now owns a 3.14 ERA, a 1.33 WHIP, and a 79/34 K/BB ratio in 86 innings. Archer will take on the Pirates at home in his next start.
Jun 19 - 10:23 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Ryan Hanigan
2Jose Molina
1B1James Loney
2Sean Rodriguez
2B1Ben Zobrist
2Logan Forsythe
3Nick Franklin
SS1Yunel Escobar
3B1Evan Longoria
LF1David DeJesus
CF1Desmond Jennings
2Kevin Kiermaier
RF1Wil Myers
2Brandon Guyer
3Jerry Sands
DH1Matt Joyce
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Alex Cobb
2Chris Archer
3Jake Odorizzi
4Jeremy Hellickson
5Nate Karns
6Drew Smyly
7Alex Colome
8Matt Moore
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Jake McGee
2Grant Balfour
3Joel Peralta
4Brad Boxberger
5Cesar Ramos
6Kirby Yates
7Jeff Beliveau
8Steve Geltz
9C.J. Riefenhauser