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Chris Archer | Starting Pitcher | #22

Team: Tampa Bay Rays
Age / DOB:  (27) / 9/26/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 190
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2006 / Rd. 6 (0) / CLE
Contract: view contract details

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Chris Archer pitched well in Tuesday's loss to the Dodgers, allowing three runs (one earned) on four hits over seven innings.
Archer struck out eight without walking a batter. He was ultra-efficient with his pitches and finished the evening having thrown just 84 (60 strikes). Corey Seager and Justin Turner burned him for RBI singles in the third inning, with the final run on his line coming home on a monster solo homer by Yasmani Grandal in the seventh. Whether he makes another start with the Rays remains to be seen. ESPN's Jayson Stark reported earlier in July that a rival executive sees a 70% chance that Archer is traded to the Dodgers prior to the deadline. He has pitched to a 4.42 ERA, 1.35 WHIP and 155/51 K/BB ratio over the course of 130 1/3 innings. Jul 27 - 1:11 AM

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A rival executive told ESPN's Jayson Stark that be believes there is a "70 percent" chance Chris Archer winds up with the Dodgers before the August 1 trade deadline.

Stark describes this executive as somebody from a "team that's been talking to the Rays." Archer has had a disappointing 2016 season overall, but he struck out 11 batters in a win Wednesday at Coors Field and he was among the best pitchers in baseball in 2015. The 27-year-old right-hander is on a team-friendly contract that could potentially run through 2021. The asking price will be high, but the Dodgers have the kind of loaded farm system necessary to pull this off.
Jul 21 - 2:10 PM

Chris Archer was marvelous in Wednesday's 11-3 win over the Rockies, striking out 11 batters while allowing two runs over six innings.

Archer scattered four hits over his six innings of work. Both runs on his line scored in the bottom of the second inning. With this strong outing in the books, he will carry a 4.60 ERA and 1.39 WHIP into a home date with the Dodgers next time out. Archer is a prime candidate for a second-half rebound, though whether that comes with the Rays or another club is a whole other story.
Jul 20 - 7:37 PM

The Dodgers had scouts in attendance for Chris Archer's start against the Orioles on Friday.

Current Dodgers president Andrew Friedman was the Rays' GM when Tampa Bay traded for Archer in 2011. The Dodgers just got Brandon McCarthy back from Tommy John surgery and Brett Anderson (back surgery) could be right behind him, but that doesn't mean the Dodgers are satisfied with their starting rotation. Archer has struggled this year (4-13, 4.68 ERA) but he has a decent track record and he still has an impressive strikeout rate (10.43 K/9). Maybe all he needs is a change of scenery.
Jul 16 - 9:53 PM

Chris Archer gave up four runs in 7 1/3 innings in a loss to the Orioles on Friday, striking out six, walking one and allowing seven base hits.

He gave up two more home runs today and has now given up 20 homers in 20 starts. His strikeout rate remains elite, but it doesn't matter if he is giving up so many longballs. Archer and his 4.68 ERA should be benched for his next start in the thin air of Coors Field on Wednesday.
Jul 15 - 10:36 PM

Chris Archer surrendered five runs on seven hits in his six innings of work to take a loss to the Red Sox on Friday.

He walked two and struck out three. His record falls to 4-12 with a 4.66 ERA. He has a very nice 130 strikeouts in 110 innings but has been burned by the longball this year. He gave up a home run to David Ortiz tonight, which was the 18th time he has been taken deep in his 19 starts. This is the first year of his career with an elevated home run rate. If he can correct that issue he could be one of the better starting pitchers to own down the stretch.
Jul 8 - 10:57 PM

Chris Archer took a no-decision in Sunday's 5-1 loss to the Tigers despite firing 5 2/3 innings of shutout ball.

Archer allowed just three hits while striking out 10 and walking three. The crisp, clean start was a welcome change given that the 27-year-old right-hander had allowed at least four runs in each of his last three starts. It has been a disappointing season for Archer, but there is still plenty of time for him to right the ship and Sunday's stellar outing is (hopefully) a step in the right direction. He will carry a 4.50 ERA, 1.43 WHIP and 127/46 K/BB ratio (104 innings) into a road start against the Red Sox as he wraps up the pre-All-Star Break portion of his schedule.
Jul 3 - 4:34 PM

Chris Archer continued to struggle Tuesday, allowing four runs over 6 1/3 innings in a loss to the Red Sox.

On a positive note, he struck out nine, continuing to show that he's still got swing-and-miss stuff despite being too hittable. And he was hittable, giving up seven hits while also walking four in the outing. The loss was his fourth in a row, dropping him to 4-11 with a 4.67 ERA and 1.45 WHIP. Another difficult matchup looms Sunday against the Tigers.
Jun 28 - 10:23 PM

Chris Archer took a loss on Wednesday when he pitched six innings and allowed four earned runs on six hits while striking out five and walking two.

Archer's record falls to 4-10 on the season. His 4.70 ERA this year is well over a run higher than his career average, largely due to his propensity for giving up home runs. He allowed one longball today -- to Jason Kipnis -- for a total of 16 homers in 16 games. Home runs have not been a problem for Archer in prior years and once he gets them under control he should return to being a solid number two fantasy starter. His 10.57 K/9 is still one of the best in the league.
Jun 22 - 10:08 PM

Chris Archer racked up seven strikeouts over six innings on Friday but wound up on the losing end of the decision against the Giants after allowing four runs (three earned) on six hits.

Archer also issued three free passes on the evening. The Giants struck first, with a two-run double by Brandon Crawford in the first inning, then added another pair on a Gregor Blanco single in the fourth. While he has terrific stuff, Archer has been remarkably inconsistent this season, leading to a highly disappointing 4.60 ERA and 1.44 WHIP. He'll try to turn things around on Wednesday against the Indians in Cleveland.
Jun 17 - 10:33 PM

Chris Archer allowed three earned runs over 7 2/3 innings Saturday in a loss to the Astros.

It wasn't a bad outing for Archer, who struck out eight and didn't issue any walks. The strikeouts have been there all season for the 27-year-old right-hander, though he currently stands 4-8 with a 4.61 ERA and 1.44 WHIP. Archer will hope for some better luck and run support in his next outing at home against the Giants.
Jun 11 - 7:11 PM

Chris Archer allowed three runs in six innings and struck out 12 in a win over the Diamondbacks on Monday.

Even Archer's stronger outings this year have left something to be desired. In this one, he gave up two homers, one coming off the bat of the opposing starter. He gave up a second hit to Robbie Ray, too, and Ray entered the game as a lifetime .118 batter with no homers. Archer is 4-7 with a 4.73 ERA, and we don't see him returning to last year's form anytime soon.
Jun 7 - 2:15 AM

Chris Archer got tagged for five runs (four earned) in six innings of work during Wednesday's loss to the Royals.

Archer continued his struggles away from home. The right-hander owns a 2.03 ERA at The Trop this year; however, he's now allowed 28 earned runs in just 35 1/3 innings (7.13 ERA) on the road. The Royals nickel-and-dimed their way to five runs off Archer, too, with none of their runs coming on anything more than a single, which only made his performance even more frustrating. The 27-year-old has a 4.75 ERA with a 10.31 K/9. He's one of the prime "buy-low" candidates in fantasy leagues right now.
Jun 1 - 11:50 PM

Chris Archer surrendered four runs over eight innings in a loss to the Yankees on Friday.

Archer struck out seven and walked three. He put up zeroes over the first five innings, but the Yankees plated three innings in the sixth, the big blow of which was a two-run homer off the bat of Alex Rodriguez. Carlos Beltran added a solo shot in the eighth. While Archer took the loss, this was his longest outing of the season. He hadn’t gone more than six innings in his previous 10 starts. It’s a step in the right direction, but the first two months of the season haven’t gone according to plan. He’ll kick off June with a start against the Royals.
May 27 - 10:27 PM

Chris Archer was flattened in Sunday's 9-4 loss to the Tigers, allowing six runs on eight hits over three innings.

Archer struck out four and walked one on the afternoon. The Tigers clawed their way to runs in each of the first three innings, scoring two in the first, one in the second and three in the third before Archer was mercifully relieved of duty. Through 10 starts (52 1/3 innings), the 27-year-old right-hander has pitched to a tough 5.16 ERA, 1.61 WHIP and 65/26 K/BB ratio. He will attempt to jump his season over to the right track in a home start against the Yankees next time out.
May 22 - 4:49 PM

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