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Chris Archer | Starting Pitcher | #22

Team: Tampa Bay Rays
Age / DOB:  (29) / 9/26/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 195
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2006 / Rd. 6 (0) / CLE
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Chris Archer allowed just two hits over six shutout innings in Thursday's win over the Angels.
Simply beautiful work by Archer, who struck out five and walked three on the evening. He needed this one, too, after being rocked for six runs against the Orioles last time he took to the mound. The season as a whole has largely been a frustrating one for both team and player, but very quietly, Archer has now allowed two or fewer runs in four of his last six starts. Even with this recent run in the books, he still owns a dismal 5.06 ERA and 1.35 WHIP through his first 10 outings of the campaign. A showdown with the Red Sox at Fenway Park shows next on Archer's schedule. May 18 - 1:20 AM

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Chris Archer got taken out behind the woodshed by the Orioles on Saturday, giving up six runs in seven innings.

He gave up runs nearly every way possible. He served up three home runs, allowed a runner to steal home, and let in another run on a wild pitch. Manny Machado took him deep once and Jonathan Schoop did it twice. Archer falls to 2-3 with a 5.64 ERA and 1.41 WHIP after nine starts.
May 12 - 6:20 PM

Chris Archer gave up just one run in seven innings in a no decision against the Blue Jays on Sunday.

Archer scattered five hits, and he walked no one and struck out six. It makes back-to-back strong starts for the Tampa Bay ace, and it lowers his season ERA to 5.32 after his disastrous first few outings for the Rays. He's an excellent streaming and DFS option for his next start on Saturday when he faces the lowly Orioles in Baltimore.
May 6 - 4:13 PM

Chris Archer fanned six while holding the Tigers to two runs over six frames on Tuesday.

Archer needed an easy matchup and he mostly held Detroit in check, giving up six hits and a walk. A Leonys Martin RBI double in the fifth inning proved to be the difference and made Archer a loser. The right-hander will carry a 6.05 ERA into his next matchup at home against the Braves.
May 1 - 9:51 PM

Chris Archer allowed 11 hits and four runs over 5 1/3 innings in a win over the Orioles on Thursday.

Archer continues to underperform, as he's now allowed four or more runs in five of his six starts this year. He's also allowed a homer in every start. Despite that, and despite the accompanying 6.61 ERA and 1.59 WHIP, he's now 2-1 on the year after Thursday's win. Perhaps the calendar turning to May will be good for the 29-year-old. A meeting with the upstart Tigers is on tap for Tuesday.
Apr 26 - 11:02 PM

Chris Archer held the Twins to two runs in 6 2/3 innings on Friday but did not factor into the decision.

It was his first good start of the season and he deserved to win the ballgame. Unfortunately the Rays' bullpen conspired to blow a big league and deprive him of the win, although the team did pull out the victory in extra innings. Archer fanned five, walked one and surrendered four knocks -- including a solo homer by Logan Morrison. His record holds at 1-1 and he lowered his ERA to 6.59 after five starts.
Apr 20 - 11:40 PM

Chris Archer surrendered seven runs on eight hits over four innings in Saturday's 9-4 loss to the Phillies.

Archer entered action on Saturday having failed to hold the opposition to fewer than four runs in any of his first three starts this year. That trend continued against the Phillies, who jumped on the Rays ace with a six-spot in the second inning. There was no one big blow in the frame. Instead, Archer was victimized by five run-scoring hits -- four of which were singles. He finished his dreadful afternoon having struck out two and walked two. A home start against the Twins shows next on his schedule. Archer will carry a bloated 7.84 ERA and 1.69 WHIP (20 2/3 innings) into that affair as he looks for his first quality start of the campaign.
Apr 14 - 9:06 PM

Chris Archer wasn't on point but got a win anyway Monday, allowing four runs -- three earned -- over 5 2/3 frames in a 5-4 victory over the White Sox.

An 0-2 mistake to Nick Delmonico in the fifth inning that resulted in a two-run homer was particularly deflating. Archer punched out eight batters, but he yielded six hits and walked three, needing 102 pitches to get through his 5 2/3 innings. The righty has recorded 22 strikeouts over his first 16 2/3 frames this season but holds a 5.94 ERA. He'll take on the Phillies at home next.
Apr 9 - 7:08 PM

Chris Archer yielded four earned runs over five innings Tuesday in a no-decision versus the Yankees.

Archer struck out eight batters, but he yielded three walks and six hits -- including one of Didi Gregorius' two three-run homers. Tampa Bay's ace has now surrendered eight earned runs in 11 innings this season, though he also has 14 strikeouts. He'll try for better run prevention next time out against the White Sox.
Apr 3 - 8:00 PM

Chris Archer will get the start on Tuesday against the Yankees.

Archer was originally scheduled to pitch Wednesday, but with Monday's game snowed out, the Rays can start their ace on regular rest. Tampa Bay's "bullpen day" experiment likely won't take place until late in the week -- and possibly next week -- because of their schedule off days.
Apr 2 - 10:06 AM

Chris Archer allowed four runs on six hits over six innings in a no-decision in Thursday's Opening Day win over the Red Sox.

Archer was behind early after a three-run second inning that included an inside-the-park homer from Eduardo Nunez. Even then, he was in line for a quality start before he went back out for the top of the seventh inning and gave up back-to-back doubles before being pulled. On the plus side, Archer struck out six and walked just one in the no-decision. Archer's next start doesn't get any easier, as he'll face the Yankees in New York early next week.
Mar 29 - 7:39 PM

Chris Archer (forearm) threw a 30-pitch bullpen session on Monday.

Rays manager Kevin Cash said that Archer looked good and that he has zero concern about his availability for Thursday's season opener against the Red Sox. The 29-year-old gave the Rays a bit of a scare when he was hit in the forearm by a comebacker in a minor league start on Friday, but fortunately he's fine.
Mar 26 - 3:55 PM

Chris Archer (forearm) played catch Sunday with no restrictions.

Archer took a comebacker off his right forearm during a minor league game on Friday, but he fully expects to make his Opening Day start Thursday against the Red Sox. "100 percent normal," he said of his status after Sunday's throwing session. The 29-year-old right-hander carries upper-tier fantasy upside into the 2018 season.
Mar 25 - 2:55 PM

Chris Archer was diagnosed with a contusion in his right forearm and his exit from Friday's minor league game was precautionary.

Phew. Archer left that minor league outing on Friday after taking a comebacker to his arm. A contusion can obviously be very painful, but it doesn't sound like the Rays are too concerned with the injury. It's very likely he'll be ready to make his Opening Day start for Tampa Bay.
Mar 23 - 2:38 PM

Chris Archer left his minor league start on Friday early after being hit in the forearm by a grounder in the fifth inning.

The severity of the injury is unknown at this point. Archer, 29, is expected to pitch at the top of the Tampa Bay rotation this season. We'll update you when we know more about the severity of the injury.
Mar 23 - 2:19 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Wilson Ramos
2Jesus Sucre
1B1Brad Miller
2B1Joey Wendle
2Daniel Robertson
SS1Adeiny Hechavarria
3B1Matt Duffy
2Christian Arroyo
LF1Denard Span
2Johnny Field
3Rob Refsnyder
CF1Kevin Kiermaier
2Mallex Smith
RF1Carlos Gomez
DH1C.J. Cron
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Chris Archer
2Blake Snell
3Jake Faria
4Nathan Eovaldi
5Yonny Chirinos
6Jose De Leon
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Alex Colome
2Chaz Roe
3Sergio Romo
4Jose Alvarado
5Matt Andriese
6Jonny Venters
7Ryan Yarbrough
8Austin Pruitt
9Ryne Stanek