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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 recorded 10 strikeouts while tossing 6 2/3 innings of shutout ball in Monday's 2-0 victory over the Orioles.
He's still yet to go seven innings this season, but Archer will certainly take Monday's effort after entering the contest with a 7.32 ERA. He surrendered five hits on the night and didn't walk anyone. While he's still sporting an ugly 5.47 ERA and 1.75 WHIP, Archer has now struck out 39 across 26 1/3 frames. He'll have a tough matchup this weekend against the Blue Jays. Apr 25 - 10:54 PM

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Chris Archer dropped to 0-4 after giving up six runs in 4 1/3 innings Wednesday against the Red Sox.

Archer says he's completely healthy, and his velocity has bounced back in his last couple of starts after being down in the spring and in his first two regular-season outings. Still, he's not finding the strike zone as often as he needs to. He'll get it turned around soon enough, but since he's an injury risk going forward, we're not particularly high on him as a buy-low candidate.
Apr 21 - 12:24 AM

Chris Archer fell to 0-3 on Thursday after allowing three runs -- two earned -- in 5 2/3 innings against the Indians.

Archer showed his best velocity of the season to date, which is good news. He still wasn't very effective in giving up seven hits and walking three. He's a lot better than this, but because of the injury risk, he's not someone we're very high on this year.
Apr 14 - 5:27 PM

Chris Archer gave up a career-high four home runs en route to allowing six runs over five innings in Friday’s loss to the Orioles.

All four home runs were solo shots. Archer gave up three of them in the fifth inning, including back-to-back shots from Nolan Reimold and Manny Machado. If that inning wasn’t bad enough for him already, he was also hit by a comebacker. Fortunately, he’s fine. Archer struck out five and walked a pair in the loss and will try to put this one in the rear-view mirror when he faces the Indians next week.
Apr 8 - 10:07 PM

Chris Archer allowed three runs -- two earned -- over five innings Sunday in the Rays' Opening Day loss to the visiting Blue Jays.

Toronto's offense is a tough enough task for an opposing pitcher, and to have to face those sluggers in an Opening Day setting makes it even tougher. Archer racked up a whopping 12 strikeouts, but he walked three and gave up five hits -- including RBI singles to Edwin Encarnacion and Kevin Pillar. Still a highly productive outing from a fantasy perspective. Archer, 27, gets the Orioles in Baltimore next.
Apr 3 - 7:05 PM

Chris Archer will start for the Rays on Opening Day against the Blue Jays.

Rays manager Kevin Cash made that announcement Monday morning in camp. Archer was the no-brainer choice after registering a 3.23 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, and 252/66 K/BB ratio in 212 innings last season for Tampa Bay. The 27-year-old right-hander carries Cy Young potential into 2016.
Mar 14 - 11:20 AM

Chris Archer pitched two hitless innings Friday against the Red Sox.

The only real question with Archer entering this year is whether he'll be able to handle another heavy workload like last year's. He's certainly one of the AL's most talented pitchers. Still, we're concerned about the injury risk.
Mar 4 - 5:54 PM

Chris Archer pitched well in relatively limited duty during a Saturday no-decision versus the Blue Jays, allowing one run on five hits over five innings

On Friday, Archer admitted that he was feeling a little soreness in his throwing arm. It didn't prevent him from starting on Saturday, though he was eventually pulled after throwing just 72 pitches in five innings. He struck out three and walked one on the afternoon. Despite the quiet end to his 2015 campaign, the 27-year-old right-hander posted a strong overall campaign. He finishes out with a 3.23 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 252/66 K/BB ratio across 212 innings.
Sat, Oct 3, 2015 09:16:00 PM

Chris Archer said that he's pitching at 85-90 percent and that he is feeling "a little fatigue."

There's no talk of shutting Archer down, but his 207 innings this season are a career high, so it's not a huge surprise that he's feeling it a little in the arm. The 27-year-old right-hander is scheduled to pitch against the Blue Jays on Saturday. He currently holds a 3.26 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 249/65 K/BB ratio.
Fri, Oct 2, 2015 04:27:00 PM

Chris Archer was pounded in Saturday's loss to the Blue Jays, giving up nine runs on 10 hits in just 3 2/3 innings of work.

The right-hander also issued an uncharacteristic five walks in the game while striking out three. The Jays jumped on him right out of the gate, with Jose Bautista slamming a three-run homer and Russell Martin adding a two-run blast in the opening frame. Even with this debacle, Archer will still carry an outstanding 3.26 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 249/65 K/BB ratio into a rematch against these same Blue Jays at home on Friday.
Sat, Sep 26, 2015 04:28:00 PM

Chris Archer gave up a run in five innings, taking a no-decision in Monday's loss to the Red Sox.

The Red Sox got on the board against Archer in the fourth inning on a Brock Holt RBI single. It was one of three hits the right-hander allowed, but he walked five and struck out only three. He currently owns a 2.92 ERA with a 1.08 WHIP and a 246/60 K/BB ratio over 203 1/3 innings. Archer will take on the fearsome Blue Jays in a road match next.
Mon, Sep 21, 2015 11:16:00 PM

Chris Archer pitched six innings and gave up two runs in a losing effort versus the Yankees on Wednesday.

Results-wise, it would've been enough to win on most nights but the Rays couldn't muster much offense. Archer gave up four hits and four walks while striking out seven. His 12-12 record isn't impressive, but he has an excellent 2.95 ERA with a 1.07 WHIP and a 243/55 K/BB ratio over 198 1/3 innings. Archer has a date with the Red Sox at Fenway Park next.
Wed, Sep 16, 2015 10:29:00 PM

Chris Archer punched out eight Red Sox over five-plus innings in a no-decision on Friday.

Archer coughed up three runs on five hits and a pair of walks in the ballgame. He carried a 3-1 lead into the sixth inning, but the Red Sox pushed a couple of runs across and chased him from the game before he could earn his 13th win. He is enjoying a tremendous season atop the Rays rotation, compiling a 2.95 ERA, 1.06 WHIP and 236/51 K/BB ratio over 192 1/3 innings. He'll look to continue his stellar campaign when he does battle against the Yankees on Wednesday.
Fri, Sep 11, 2015 10:58:00 PM

Chris Archer fell apart late Sunday, allowing five runs -- four earned -- over 6 1/3 frames in a loss to the Yankees.

Archer kept the Yanks off the scoreboard for the first five innings, but he hung a breaking ball with two on in the sixth to Brian McCann and McCann put it well over the right-field wall. A-Rod then deposited the next pitch over the same right-field fence. Archer has been a little hit-or-miss of late and now has 11 losses on the season despite a 2.88 ERA. He gets the Red Sox at home next.
Sun, Sep 6, 2015 04:57:00 PM

Chris Archer kept the Orioles off the board over six innings, earning his 12th win on Monday.

In the first inning, Archer got an assist from center fielder Kevin Kiermaier as he robbed Manny Machado of what would have been a solo home run. The right-hander scattered four hits and three walks with six strikeouts on the evening. Archer heads into the final month with a 2.78 ERA, a 1.04 WHIP, and a 223/46 K/BB ratio over 181 innings. He'll face the Yankees in the Bronx next.
Mon, Aug 31, 2015 10:28:00 PM

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2Curt Casali
1B1Logan Morrison
2Steve Pearce
2B1Logan Forsythe
SS1Brad Miller
2Tim Beckham
3B1Evan Longoria
LF1Desmond Jennings
CF1Kevin Kiermaier
RF1Steven Souza
2Brandon Guyer
DH1Corey Dickerson
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S1Chris Archer
2Jake Odorizzi
3Drew Smyly
4Erasmo Ramirez
5Matt Moore
6Alex Cobb
7Chase Whitley
Relief Pitcher
R1Brad Boxberger
2Alex Colome
3Xavier Cedeno
4Enny Romero
5Ryan Webb
6Steve Geltz
7Dana Eveland
8Jhan Marinez