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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
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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

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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

Chris Archer held the Blue Jays to two runs across six innings to pick up his third victory in Tuesday's 12-2 win.

Archer issued four walks on the night, but he also struck out seven and gave up only four hits, keeping the Jays off the scoreboard after Jose Bautista dinger in the first inning. The righty continues to have issues with his control, as he's now walked 25 over 49 1/3 frames to help lead to a bloated 4.38 ERA and 1.52 WHIP. However, Archer has also punched out 61 batters. He'll get the Marlins the next time out.
May 17 - 11:05 PM

Chris Archer struggled in Wednesday's no-decision against the Mariners, allowing four runs on five hits over five-plus innings.

It just wasn't a particularly impressive showing from Archer, who walked four and struck out five. The first run to score against him came when he issued a free pass to Kyle Seager with the bases loaded in the first inning. That set the tone well enough. Archer has all the talent in the world, but his results to date have been somewhat middling. He will carry a 4.57 ERA, 1.55 WHIP and 54/21 K/BB ratio (43 1/3 innings) into his next scheduled start. That one could prove problematic, as he will be heading to Canada for a road tilt with the potent Blue Jay offense.
May 11 - 7:53 PM

Chris Archer shut the Angels down for six innings to win Friday.

Archer has allowed two runs over 18 2/3 innings in his last three starts after giving up 16 earned runs in 19 2/3 innings in his first four. It's safe to say he's fixed, but we still think he's an injury risk going forward.
May 7 - 2:00 AM

Chris Archer allowed two runs over six innings in a no-decision against the Blue Jays on Saturday.

Archer was effectively wild, allowing just one hit over his six innings but walking four. The other problem is that the one hit left the yard, as Jose Bautista's two-run homer accounted for both runs against Archer. The right-hander struck out four as well. That's two good starts in a row for Archer after a miserable beginning to the year. He'll continue to work on that 5.01 ERA when he faces the Angels on Saturday.
Apr 30 - 9:26 PM

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

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

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Hank Conger
2Curt Casali
1B1Steve Pearce
2Logan Morrison
2B1Logan Forsythe
2Taylor Motter
3Nick Franklin
SS1Brad Miller
2Tim Beckham
3B1Evan Longoria
LF1Brandon Guyer
2Desmond Jennings
CF1Kevin Kiermaier
2Mikie Mahtook
RF1Steven Souza
2Oswaldo Arcia
DH1Corey Dickerson
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Chris Archer
2Jake Odorizzi
3Drew Smyly
4Matt Moore
5Blake Snell
6Matt Andriese
7Alex Cobb
8Chase Whitley
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Alex Colome
2Brad Boxberger
3Xavier Cedeno
4Enny Romero
5Erasmo Ramirez
6Matt Andriese
7Ryan Garton
8Dana Eveland
9Danny Farquhar