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Chris Archer | Starting Pitcher | #22

Team: Tampa Bay Rays
Age / DOB:  (28) / 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 surrendered two runs in six innings Friday in a loss to the Red Sox.
Archer served up a two-run homer to David Ortiz in the first inning, which was ultimately enough to put him in line for his 19th loss. He struck out seven and walked a pair and now has 228 strikeouts in 194 2/3 innings to go along with a 4.02 ERA. He’s looked a lot more like himself in the second half. Sep 23 - 10:12 PM

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Chris Archer logged a quality start in Friday's no-decision against the Orioles, allowing three runs on seven hits over his 6 1/3 innings.

The hard-throwing right-hander whiffed four while walking one on the afternoon. Most of the damage done against him came via the long ball, with Pedro Alvarez and Chris Davis each belting solo home runs. Archer now sports a 4.05 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 221/63 K/BB ratio across 188 2/3 innings. He'll try to get back in the win column when he takes on the Red Sox next Friday.
Sep 16 - 10:05 PM

Chris Archer pitched well in Saturday's loss to the Yankees, surrendering three runs on four hits over seven frames.

The right-hander punched out six on the afternoon while walking only one. All of the damage against him was done via the long ball, with Jacoby Ellsbury belting a two-run homer in the sixth and Gary Sanchez adding a solo shot immediately after. It has been a roller-coaster season for Archer who now sits at 8-18 on the year with a disappointing 4.05 ERA and 1.23 WHIP. He'll look to get back on track when he battles the Orioles in Baltimore on Friday.
Sep 10 - 10:07 PM

Chris Archer took a tough no-decision in Sunday's loss to the Blue Jays, fanning nine while allowing two runs over 6 1/3 innings.

Archer was dialed in, but the Blue Jays clawed back from a 3-1 deficit with a pair of runs in the seventh inning and an additional pair in the eighth. The 27-year-old right-hander might not have picked up the win, but with his nine strikeouts on Sunday, he has now fanned at least nine in four of his last five starts. He will carry a 4.06 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 211/61 K/BB ratio (175 1/3 innings) into a road showdown with the Yankees next time he toes the rubber.
Sep 4 - 4:34 PM

Chris Archer struck out 10 batters over seven innings Sunday in the Rays' 10-4 rout of the Astros.

Archer was charged with three earned runs, but they came on just four hits and two walks. It was his first double-digit strikeout game since July 20. Archer, 27, now stands 8-17 with a 4.10 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, and 202/60 K/BB ratio in 169 innings this season. A start at home against the Blue Jays is next.
Aug 28 - 5:42 PM

Chris Archer allowed two runs -- one earned -- over five innings in a loss to the Red Sox on Tuesday.

Archer didn't pitch terribly but wasn't overly efficient, either, throwing 109 pitches through his five innings of work. He struck out six and walked two while allowing five hits, and the loss was his 17th this year. Every year there seems to be a good pitcher who, through some bad luck and poor pitching, ends up with a record looking like Archer's 7-17 mark. The 27-year-old will continue working on his 4.11 ERA Sunday at the Astros.
Aug 23 - 10:30 PM

Chris Archer fired 7 1/3 scoreless innings Wednesday in the Rays' defeat of the Padres.

Archer carved his way through the San Diego batting order with ease, yielding just four hits -- all singles -- while striking out nine batters. He issued just one walk. This was a nice bounceback effort from the 27-year-old right-hander, who got lit up for five runs over six innings by the Yankees in his last start. Archer will take on the Red Sox at home next.
Aug 17 - 3:49 PM

Chris Archer allowed five runs in six innings in a loss to the Yankees on Friday.

The game was tied 3-3 before Archer served up a go-ahead two-run homer to Starlin Castro in the sixth. He fanned nine and walked none in the loss. Oddly, Archer leads the American League in both strikeouts (177) and losses (16). He’ll bring a 4.39 ERA into a start against the Padres next week.
Aug 12 - 11:48 PM

Chris Archer allowed just one run in six innings while striking out seven in a 7-3 win over the Twins on Saturday.

He gave up three hits and three walks. The win moves his record to 6-15 with a 4.26 ERA. He leads the American League with 168 strikeouts. Archer has pitched well of late and is likely to be a reliable pitcher for the rest of the season.
Aug 6 - 10:06 PM

Chris Archer held the Royals to three runs over 7 1/3 frames but took a loss on Monday.

Archer permitted six hits, walked one and struck out six in a nice outing, but he was no match for Danny Duffy in this one. The right-hander's record now sits at 5-15 and his ERA is at 4.38, although he's mostly pitched better of late. His 161 strikeouts lead the American League. Archer gets the Twins the next time out.
Aug 1 - 9:57 PM

According to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, the Rays are unlikely to move Chris Archer.

No team has met the lofty asking price. Topkin adds that the Rays are continuing to discuss several of their other pitchers with 3-4 interested teams. Archer, 27, is under contract with Tampa Bay through 2019 on a very team-friendly deal and he also carries options for 2020 and 2021. There was no reason to sell low.
Aug 1 - 3:12 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Dodgers are pursuing Chris Archer.

Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times has reported that they're also interested in Matt Moore. Archer would obviously cost more in terms of prospects, but the Dodgers have a deep farm system and can make it happen if they decide it's worth it. Archer is having a disappointing 2016 season, but the upside is still ace-like and he's under team control cheaply through 2020.
Jul 31 - 1:36 PM

Chris Archer pitched well in Tuesday's loss to the Dodgers, allowing three runs (one earned) on four hits over seven innings.

Archer struck out eight without walking a batter. He was ultra-efficient with his pitches and finished the evening having thrown just 84 (60 strikes). Corey Seager and Justin Turner burned him for RBI singles in the third inning, with the final run on his line coming home on a monster solo homer by Yasmani Grandal in the seventh. Whether he makes another start with the Rays remains to be seen. ESPN's Jayson Stark reported earlier in July that a rival executive sees a 70% chance that Archer is traded to the Dodgers prior to the deadline. He has pitched to a 4.42 ERA, 1.35 WHIP and 155/51 K/BB ratio over the course of 130 1/3 innings.
Jul 27 - 1:11 AM

A rival executive told ESPN's Jayson Stark that be believes there is a "70 percent" chance Chris Archer winds up with the Dodgers before the August 1 trade deadline.

Stark describes this executive as somebody from a "team that's been talking to the Rays." Archer has had a disappointing 2016 season overall, but he struck out 11 batters in a win Wednesday at Coors Field and he was among the best pitchers in baseball in 2015. The 27-year-old right-hander is on a team-friendly contract that could potentially run through 2021. The asking price will be high, but the Dodgers have the kind of loaded farm system necessary to pull this off.
Jul 21 - 2:10 PM

Chris Archer was marvelous in Wednesday's 11-3 win over the Rockies, striking out 11 batters while allowing two runs over six innings.

Archer scattered four hits over his six innings of work. Both runs on his line scored in the bottom of the second inning. With this strong outing in the books, he will carry a 4.60 ERA and 1.39 WHIP into a home date with the Dodgers next time out. Archer is a prime candidate for a second-half rebound, though whether that comes with the Rays or another club is a whole other story.
Jul 20 - 7:37 PM

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C1Luke Maile
2Bobby Wilson
3Curt Casali
1B1Brad Miller
2B1Logan Forsythe
SS1Matt Duffy
2Alexei Ramirez
3Juniel Querecuto
3B1Evan Longoria
2Richie Shaffer
LF1Corey Dickerson
2Nick Franklin
3Jaff Decker
CF1Kevin Kiermaier
2Mikie Mahtook
RF1Steven Souza
DH1Logan Morrison
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S1Chris Archer
2Jake Odorizzi
3Drew Smyly
4Blake Snell
5Matt Andriese
6Alex Cobb
Relief Pitcher
R1Alex Colome
2Brad Boxberger
3Xavier Cedeno
4Enny Romero
5Erasmo Ramirez
6Kevin Jepsen
7Danny Farquhar
8Ryan Garton
9Eddie Gamboa
10Steve Geltz
11Justin Marks
12Chase Whitley