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Chris Archer | Starting Pitcher

Team: Tampa Bay Rays
Age / DOB:  (25) / 9/26/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 185
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Chris Archer tossed 6 2/3 innings of one-run ball in the Rays' 16-1 win over the Yankees on Saturday.
It was a big bounceback outing from the 25-year-old right-hander, who was hammered for seven runs in five innings Monday by the Orioles. He stymied the Yankees offense to three hits and zero walks Saturday at Tropicana Field, striking out four batters. Archer will carry a 2-1 record, 3.65 ERA, and 1.22 WHIP into his next outing in Chicago against the White Sox. Apr 19 - 10:58 PM

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Chris Archer was tagged for seven runs in five innings Monday in a loss to the Orioles.

Archer struck out six and walked just one, but the Orioles knocked him around for 12 hits, including five doubles. We suppose that mostly just evens things out for him posting a 1.38 ERA in his first two starts. Archer should be a solid enough mixed-league starter this year, but he's probably not going to pitch at an All-Star level.
Apr 14 - 10:55 PM

Chris Archer held the Royals scoreless over seven innings Tuesday but settled for a no-decision.

Up against Royals phenom Yordano Ventura, Archer matched the flamethrower pitch for pitch. Archer allowed six hits, all singles, and walked two on the evening. He's given up just two runs over 13 innings thus far, showing why the Rays were so willing to lock him up just after the season started. His next outing will likely come Sunday when the Rays visit the Reds.
Apr 8 - 11:26 PM

Chris Archer held the Blue Jays to two runs over six innings and struck out seven in a win Thursday.

This is what we're expecting to see from Archer on a regular basis. He probably doesn't have the stuff to contend for Cy Young Awards, but he should be a rock-solid pitcher for the Rays and fantasy teams.
Apr 3 - 10:48 PM

Rays signed RHP Chris Archer to a six-year, $25 million contract extension.

The deal also includes two club options for 2020 and 2021 that could make the total value of the contract worth $43.75 million. Archer is now under contract through his arbitration years and perhaps his first two years of free agency. The young right-hander was superb in his first full season last year, posting a 3.22 ERA and 1.13 WHIP over 23 starts.
Apr 2 - 12:04 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Rays will sign Chris Archer to a six-year extension "in the range" of $25 million.

The deal begins this season and also includes club options for 2020 and 2021 that are expected to be worth around $20 million total, so he could potentially earn about $45 million over eight years. Archer wasn't set for arbitration until after the 2015 season, so his new contract will buy out possibly two years of free agency. He was terrific in his first full season last year, posting a 3.22 ERA and 1.13 WHIP over 23 starts. The Rays will officially announce the extension later Wednesday morning.
Apr 2 - 8:59 AM

Chris Archer struck out six in four scoreless innings Saturday in the Rays' 6-5 loss to their Double-A Montgomery affiliate.

Archer walked none today. He also had a 9/1 K/BB ratio in 10 innings during official spring competition. He should be a fine mixed-league starting pitcher this season.
Mar 29 - 7:00 PM

Chris Archer fanned six while allowing one run in 4 2/3 innings Friday against the Braves.

It's the first run that Archer has allowed in 10 innings this spring. He's looking awfully good as he attempts to build on a promising rookie campaign.
Mar 14 - 4:14 PM

Chris Archer tossed 3 1/3 scoreless innings in his start Sunday against the Yankees.

Facing mostly regulars, Archer allowed two hits, walked none and struck out two. He's pitched 5 1/3 scoreless innings while facing the Red Sox and Yankees this spring. Apparently, the Rays aren't worried about hiding him from their division rivals.
Mar 9 - 5:10 PM

Chris Archer allowed one hit in two innings and combined with six relievers on a shutout of the Red Sox on Tuesday.

Archer struck out one and walked none in an easy spring debut. Much is expected from him in his sophomore campaign this year, and he seems like a pretty good bet to deliver.
Mar 4 - 5:10 PM

Chris Archer was pulled after allowing one run over 2 1/3 innings on Saturday against the Blue Jays.

Archer was pulled with two runners on in the third inning after throwing 64 pitches. The Rays are in must-win mode this weekend, so Joe Maddon wasn't going to mess around. The rookie right-hander wraps up the regular season with a 3.22 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 101/38 K/BB ratio over 128 2/3 innings. He figures to be a popular breakout pick in fantasy leagues in 2014.
Sat, Sep 28, 2013 04:34:00 PM

Chris Archer was outstanding in Friday’s victory over the Twins, striking out seven while spinning six shutout innings.

Archer scattered just three singles and didn’t walk a batter in the dominant effort. The 24-year-old right-hander, and strong candidate for AL Rookie of the Year honors, now owns a 9-7 record, 3.03 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 84/34 K/BB ratio over his 116 innings. He’ll look to carry over Friday’s fine effort when he takes on the Rangers at home on Wednesday.
Fri, Sep 13, 2013 11:10:00 PM

Chris Archer was blasted for five runs on nine hits over 3 2/3 innings in a loss to the Angels on Monday.

He struck out four and walked one. This, folks, is the peril for both contending teams and fantasy squads when depending on a rookie hurler in September: Implosions can sprout from the dirt of any mound, at any time. Over his last three starts, Archer had gone 3-0 while allowing only four runs in 21 innings. He's talented enough to trust and hope for the best in all formats on Sunday in Seattle.
Tue, Sep 3, 2013 01:31:00 AM

Chris Archer allowed one run over seven innings as the Rays beat the Angels 4-1 on Wednesday.

Archer was very stingy on Wednesday, giving up just five hits while not walking a batter. He also struck out five in his seven innings. Over his last three starts, Archer has gone 3-0 while allowing four runs in 21 innings. He'll try to keep the ball rolling when he gets the Angels again on Monday.
Wed, Aug 28, 2013 10:56:00 PM

Chris Archer allowed two runs in seven innings on Friday in a 7-2 win over the Yankees.

An impressive performance against a lineup which has been pretty locked in recently. Archer held the Yankees to just four hits and two walks while striking out four batters. After hitting a bit of a rough patch earlier this month (including a bout with forearm tightness), he has turned in back-to-back solid starts. The rookie will bring a 2.93 ERA into a start against the Angels at home next week.
Fri, Aug 23, 2013 10:11:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Ryan Hanigan
2Jose Molina
1B1James Loney
2Sean Rodriguez
2B1Ben Zobrist
2Logan Forsythe
SS1Yunel Escobar
2Tim Beckham
3B1Evan Longoria
LF1David DeJesus
CF1Desmond Jennings
RF1Wil Myers
2Brandon Guyer
DH1Matt Joyce
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1David Price
2Matt Moore
3Alex Cobb
4Chris Archer
5Jeremy Hellickson
6Jake Odorizzi
7Cesar Ramos
8Erik Bedard
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Grant Balfour
2Heath Bell
3Joel Peralta
4Jake McGee
5Brandon Gomes
6Josh Lueke
7Juan Carlos Oviedo
8Jeff Beliveau
9Brad Boxberger