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Chris Archer | Starting Pitcher

Team: Tampa Bay Rays
Age / DOB:  (26) / 9/26/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 190
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Chris Archer struck out nine over 5 2/3 innings, allowing only an unearned run, but he took the loss against the Red Sox on Tuesday.
Archer scattered seven hits and a walk during the outing, with a throwing error in the third inning accounting for the Red Sox' only run. Archer has now struck out 30 batters over 25 1/3 innings this year, owning a 1.07 ERA and 0.83 WHIP through four starts. The Blue Jays' hitters are Archer's next target, and the two sides will square off Sunday. Apr 21 - 10:06 PM

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Chris Archer fanned 11 over seven scoreless innings in dominating the Blue Jays in Thursday's win.

The bullpen was shaky, but Tampa Bay held on to win 4-2. Archer has allowed a total of three hits over 14 scoreless innings his last two times out. His command may come and go at times, but he should be an asset in mixed leagues all year long.
Apr 16 - 10:20 PM

Chris Archer tossed seven shutout frames Saturday in the Rays' 2-0 defeat of the Marlins.

Archer was brilliant, yielding only one hit and one walk while fanning five Miami hitters. It was a nice turnaround from his 2015 debut last Monday, in which the 26-year-old right-hander yielded four runs -- three earned -- over 5 2/3 innings in a loss to the Orioles. Archer will try to keep it rolling next week in Toronto. He posted a cool 3.33 ERA, 1.279 WHIP, and 173 strikeouts in 194 2/3 innings last season.
Apr 11 - 6:57 PM

Chris Archer was tagged for four runs (three earned) over 5 2/3 innings in a loss to the Orioles on Opening Day on Monday.

Making his career first Opening Day start with Alex Cobb sidelined, Archer allowed six hits, including two home runs. He fanned five and walked one in the loss. The 26-year-old gave up just 12 home runs all last season while posting a 3.33 ERA across 32 starts. He's already a perfectly respectable option in fantasy leagues, but there's reason to believe that he still has another level.
Apr 6 - 6:32 PM

Chris Archer has been named the Rays' Opening Day starter.

Alex Cobb would have been given the nod, but he's been slowed by some forearm tightness and probably won't be ready until mid-to-late April. Archer, 26, posted a 3.33 ERA, 1.279 WHIP, and 173 strikeouts in 194 2/3 innings last season for the Rays. Tampa Bay opens the 2015 campaign at home against the Orioles on April 6.
Mar 26 - 12:25 PM

Chris Archer allowed one hit over four scoreless innings as the Rays topped the Blue Jays 9-3 on Wednesday.

No pressure, Chris. It's just that you're the Rays' only hope right now. With Alex Cobb, Drew Smyly and Alex Colome all potentially beginning the year on the DL, Archer and Jake Odorizzi are the Rays' projected starters currently healthy.
Mar 18 - 4:58 PM

Chris Archer was outstanding in a tough luck loss against the Indians on Friday, allowing just one run on three hits over 7 2/3 innings.

The hard-throwing right-hander punched out six on the evening while walking just two. The only damage against him, and in the ballgame, came on a solo home run off the bat of Jose Ramirez in the second inning. His season concludes with a 10-9 record, 3.33 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 173/72 K/BB ratio over 194 2/3 innings. Once he can learn to limit the walks, the sky is the limit for this 26-year-old.
Fri, Sep 26, 2014 09:43:00 PM

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.
Sun, Sep 14, 2014 05:00:00 PM

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.
Tue, Sep 9, 2014 10:44:00 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.
Wed, Sep 3, 2014 11:08:00 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.
Fri, Aug 29, 2014 11:03:00 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.
Sun, Aug 24, 2014 04:51:00 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.
Wed, Aug 13, 2014 11:40:00 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.
Fri, Aug 8, 2014 08:38:00 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.
Sun, Aug 3, 2014 12:21:00 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Rene Rivera
2Bobby Wilson
1B1James Loney
2Allan Dykstra
2B1Nick Franklin
2Logan Forsythe
3Tim Beckham
4Ryan Brett
SS1Asdrubal Cabrera
2Jake Elmore
3B1Evan Longoria
LF1Desmond Jennings
CF1Kevin Kiermaier
2Mikie Mahtook
RF1Steven Souza
2Brandon Guyer
DH1John Jaso
2David DeJesus
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Alex Cobb
2Chris Archer
3Jake Odorizzi
4Drew Smyly
5Nate Karns
6Erasmo Ramirez
7Alex Colome
8Matt Andriese
9Matt Moore
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Jake McGee
2Brad Boxberger
3Ernesto Frieri
4Kevin Jepsen
5Jeff Beliveau
6Steve Geltz
7Jose Dominguez
8C.J. Riefenhauser
9Brandon Gomes