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22 Chris Archer SP
Height/Weight: 6-3/190 | Birthdate: 9/26/1988 | Birthplace: Clayton, NC | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Tampa Bay | College: None | MLB Experience: 4 | Owned/Started%: 97/90 | Average Draft Position: 145.69
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Rays P Chris Archer strikes out 11 in win over Blue Jays


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2015) Rays pitcher Chris Archer struck out 11 batters during Thursday's 4-2 victory over the Blue Jays. 

Archer went seven innings and only allowed two hits and two walks. He did not give up a run, lowering his ERA to just 1.37 for the season. Credited with the win, Archer is now 2-1 this season. 

Archer threw 109 pitches in Thursday's game. 


Chris Archer a road warrior for the Rays


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2015) Rays starting pitcher Chris Archer heads into Thursday's start against the Blue Jays having allowed three earned runs or less in 14 consecutive road starts dating back to May 16. In fact, he's allowed more than two earned runs just once in that span.

Archer went 4-4 with a 3.48 ERA in 11 road starts in 2013 and 5-4 with a 2.78 ERA in 17 road starts last season. In his first road start this season, he allowed one hit and one walk in seven scoreless innings.

Archer is 2-1 with a 3.38 ERA in nine career starts against Toronto, including a 1-0 record and 1.84 ERA in five career starts at the Rogers Centre.


Rays' Chris Archer yet to top 85 pitches in first two starts


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2015) Rays pitcher Chris Archer has thrown 85 and 84 pitches, respectively in his first two starts of the year, and he said Wednesday that his usage has been "surprising," the Tampa Tribune reports.

"It’s been surprising, for sure," Archer said. "But, hopefully, in September that leash is the longest and that’s how I’m taking it. Let’s conserve a little bit now beyond a quality outing by my standards and then whenever it’s time to really help out the team down the stretch, I’ll be slightly fresher than I would be if I threw 115 this early."

Archer is set to take the mound for the third time Thursday against the Blue Jays.

"Believe me, we want Arch to go a long way, too," Cash said. "Because if he’s throwing 100 pitches, he’s pitching really well."

Archer came out after 5 2/3 innings on Opening Day, something that Cash attributed mostly to him pitching just two innings in his final spring start. He then tossed seven scoreless innings in his second start, but Cash said he wanted the warmed Kevin Jepsen to get in the game. Archer said he understood the extenuating circumstances.

"But I’m ready to go 120 pitches every single night," he said. "I know they may not allow that. The game dictates that. But I’m ready for it. I mentally and physically prepare myself. I have almost two years in the big leagues. I’m ready for the workload, especially in this time where we’re relying on this bullpen heavily. If they know one or two of us can go 110, 115, 120, maybe that’s in six or seven innings, maybe it’s eight or nine, if they know they can do that with us, it relieves the relievers a little bit."


Rays pitcher Chris Archer strikes out five in win Saturday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/11/2015) Rays pitcher Chris Archer went seven shutout innings in Saturday's 2-0 win over the Marlins. Archer, who earned his first win of the season, allowed just one hit with five strikeouts and one walk in the contest. 

"Everything felt great, and whenever you are locating your fastball, it makes your secondary stuff twice as good," Archer said to MLB.com.

The two baserunners he allowed did not get past second base. He also lowered his ERA to 2.13 on the year.

"Can't say enough about Arch," Rays manager Kevin Cash said. "The way he threw the ball. And what was probably the most impressive about his outing, he did have a little 8-10 pitch glitch there where he lost it. And he was able to regain it and control himself. Really picked us up big time today."

He will look to keep rolling Thursday against the Blue Jays.


Rays set rotation for four-game series in Toronto


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/11/2015) Rays manager Kevin Cash told reporters he's set with Jake Odorizzi to open a four-game series in Toronto on Monday. Chris Archer will close out the series on Thursday with Matt Andriese likely to pitch on Tuesday, and Erasmo Ramirez on Wednesday, per the Tampa Bay Times.

Rays will start Chris Archer on Saturday, Nathan Karns on Sunday


by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(4/9/2015) The Rays will start pitcher Chris Archer on Saturday and Nathan Karns on Sunday, reports the Tampa Tribune. This moves up each player's scheduled start one day.

Archer had a rough outing on Opening Day, giving up two home runs in a 6-2 loss to the Orioles. On the day, he allowed four runs, three of which were earned, in 5 2/3 innings.

Karns allowed six runs on five hits with four walks in 5 2/3 innings pitched in his season debut on Tuesday in a 6-5 loss to the Orioles. Four of the runs given up were in the first inning of that game on four consecutive hits.


Rays' Chris Archer gives up two homers in Opening Day loss


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/6/2015) Rays pitcher Chris Archer gave up a pair of home runs in the Rays' 6-2 Opening Day loss to the Orioles, Monday. 

Archer allowed four runs, three earned, in five and two thirds innings. The unearned run came courtesy of his own error, in the first inning. He allowed six hits, walked one, and 40 of his 85 pitches were thrown with runners on base. He threw 59 strikes in the game.

Archer allowed a two-run homer to Alejandro De Aza in the fifth and a solo shot to Steve Pearce to start the sixth.

"I thought Arch threw a really good ballgame," Rays manager Kevin Cash said, per MLB.com. "Just left a couple of pitches up that we wished we had back. ... Kept his composure really well, bounced back and gave us some good innings."

Archer is next scheduled to pitch Sunday, at Miami, against Henderson Alvarez.


Rays' Archer tosses two scoreless innings in final spring start


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/2/2015) Rays pitcher Chris Archer surrendered one hit in two scoreless innings while striking out two and walking none in his final spring tuneup Thursday against the Phillies.

"Body feels good, I was happy to get out there and hit my pitch count right on the head, execute some pitches, work with runners on base, just kind of recap everything I've been working on," Archer said after the outing, per MLB.com. "Everything felt good. I'm healthy. Now I'm ready for April 6.

Archer didn't give up an earned run in any of his final three spring appearances and finishes the spring with a 1.69 ERA and 13:8 K:BB ratio in 16 innings. His next trip to the mound will come against the Orioles Monday on Opening Day.


Chris Archer replaces Alex Cobb as Rays' Opening Day starter


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2015) Rays manager Kevin Cash named Chris Archer his Opening Day starter on April 6 against the Orioles at Tropicana Field, per Tampa Tribune.

Archer will be replacing the injured Alex Cobb, who is not expected to be ready for the start of the season due to forearm tendinitis. Cash revealed that he's not ready to publicly announce the next two starters in his rotation.

Archer, 26, went 10-9 with a 3.33 ERA, a 1.28 WHIP and 173:72 K:BB ratio over 32 starts (194 2/3 innings). This will be his first career Opening Day start in the majors. Archer, who has made an Opening Day start at Triple-A in 2013, has downplayed his assigned role, per MLB.com.

"Maybe that's why I wouldn't treat it differently. Because it's just a baseball game. it's the first one of the year, but the first one's no more or less important than the last one," Archer said.


Rays SP Chris Archer walks four vs. Pirates Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/23/2015) Rays starting pitcher Chris Archer allowed two unearned runs on three hits and four walks in 4 2/3 innings while striking out four in Monday's 7-6 loss to the Pirates.

The Pirates managed to score four runs in the fifth inning, but none were charged to the starter. Archer has allowed just three earned runs in 14 innings over four spring outings while striking out 11 and walking eight.


Rays lining up rotation with Archer, Odorizzi and Karns to pitch Saturday


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(3/22/2015) Rays manager Kevin Cash announced that starters Chris Archer, Jake Odorizzi and Nathan Karns all will pitch in the team's game Saturday, a sign that they are lining up their starting rotation for Opening Day, per MLB.com.

The team's Nos. 1 and 3 starters - Alex Cobb and Drew Smyly - will start the season on the disabled list, leaving Archer as the potential Opening Day starter. 

"Everything goes into lining up the rotation now," Cash said. "We're all trying to accommodate them as much as possible, because a lot of moving parts and stuff like that. I don't think anything is set in stone."


Chris Archer not worried about Rays' Opening Day status


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/18/2015) Rays starting pitcher Chris Archer told reporters he's not changing his mentality because of Alex Cobb's injury, per the Associated Press. Archer is a likely candidate to be Tampa Bay's Opening Day starter. On Wednesday, he allowed one hit and three walks while striking out three over four scoreless frames to lead his club to a 9-3 victory.

"My mentality is the same," Archer said. "Our pitch count is roughly 100. I'm trying to make the most of that. I've pitched nine innings before, so I know that it's possible. So that's my goal every single time I go out whether I'm pitching April 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th. It doesn't matter to me because I know what I'm capable of."


Rays' Archer impressed with Rene Rivera's presence behind the plate


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/9/2015) Rays starting pitcher Chris Archer said he was impressed with the way catcher Rene Rivera performed behind the plate during Sunday's spring game against the Phillies, per The Tampa Tribune.

Archer added he likes the way Rivera holds his mitt for a moment after catching a pitch, which allows the pitcher to see how much he is missing his spot.

“Pitches that you just miss on, instead of just taking them out of the zone and tossing it back to you, he shows you, and that gives you confidence as a pitcher,” Archer said. “He’s back there like, ‘Let’s go, baby, let’s go,’ communicating to you while you’re right here about to throw a pitch, and for me, that’s nice. He’s in front of you, but at the same time, he’s behind you 100 percent.”


Chris Archer makes spring debut for Rays


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/8/2015) Chris Archer made his spring debut for the Rays, Sunday, giving up one run in two innings. 

Archer gave up three hits, walked one and struck out one. He threw 27 strikes in 37 pitches. 

"Honestly, I gave up a run, but I'm happy overall," Archer told MLB.com's Bill Chastain. "For outing number one, I threw too many pitches , but I'm not going to beat myself up over a few extra pitches when there were so many executed. Even if they were balls. Quality pitches down in the zone."


Rays manager Kevin Cash tabs Alex Cobb as opening day starter


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/4/2015) Rays manager Kevin Cash announced Wednesday starting pitcher Alex Cobb will start the season opener on April 6 against Baltimore.

"There's a lot of things on your short list of career highlights that you can say you've done," Cobb said, per the Tampa Bay Times. "Obvioiusly, with being in the World Series and winning the World Series being at the top. Being an opening day starter falls somewhat shorter than that, but it's right up on that list."

Cash also announced Cobb will be followed in the rotation by Chris Archer, Drew Smyly and Jake Odorizzi. The team will choose a fifth starter this spring.

"He was extremely excited," Cash said of Cobb. "I kind of expected him to say, 'Yeah, OK, whatever,' but he was pumped. And you look back and you're like, 'Man, he's had some good pitchers here that maybe he's had to wait in turn for (James) Shields and (David) Price and those guys. I think he looks at it as being an honor, because there have been some good ones here in the past that have done it."


Rays' Archer aims to refine changeup during spring training


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/2/2015) Rays starting pitcher Chris Archer is working this spring to refine his changeup and improve against the running game, per MLB.com.

"Last year at the end of spring training, I felt completely comfortable throwing my changeup," Archer said. "But when there are runners on base and it was a changeup situation, I didn't feel comfortable going to that because my other two pitches are my bread and butter.

"Hopefully I can get to the point where I can have my three pitches. Throw my slider less and my changeup more. That makes my slider better because they see it less frequently."

Rays manager Kevin Cash is all for Archer working on his changeup.

"It can be another weapon," Cash said. "He's got such a great feel with the other two, I don't think him working on a changeup or focusing on it a little bit more during spring training is going to hurt anything."


Rays' Archer changes offseason program, already seeing benefits


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/27/2015) Rays starting pitcher Chris Archer has spent the early days of spring training picking the brain of manager Kevin Cash about how Indians starting pitcher Corey Kluber transformed into the 2014 AL Cy Young winner, according to The Tampa Tribune. Before taking the job with the Rays, Cash was the Indians bullpen coach (2013-14).

“Kluber has always had stuff, he just hasn’t had the success on that level,” Archer said. “And I’m trying to apply those things, because he saw it firsthand.”

Thus far, Cash has raved about Archer's bullpen sessions and said Archer appears to be game-ready. Archer believes the change in his offseason program is contributing to his promising start to spring training.

“In September, I had success but the body was tired, so I paced myself better in the offseason and I feel really good now,” Archer said. “I would just cycle it a little better to pace myself, because I’m thinking those (less intense) weeks in the offseason are going to help me feel better on the back end (of this season).

“I got to pump the brakes a little bit, because I don’t want to overdo it right now. Because what good is February and March? I’m trying to be good April through October.”


Chris Archer loses despite strong start


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/26/2014) Rays pitcher Chris Archer dropped one Friday against Cleveland.

Archer allowed one run on three hits over 7 2/3 innings. He struck out six and walked two during the outing. Archer allowed his only run of the game in the first inning. After a Michael Bourn groundout to open the game, Archer allowed Jose Ramirez to belt a solo home run. Archer would settle in at that point, tossing nearly eight more scoreless innings before leaving the game. 

The Rays did not give Archer any run support during the contest. With the loss, Archer dropped to 10-9. 


Chris Archer wins No. 10


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/20/2014) Rays pitcher Chris Archer was able to pitch around his control issues Saturday.

Archer allowed two hits over 6 1/3 scoreless innings. He struck out three and walked four during the outing. Archer was mostly unhittable during the appearance. He gave up a first inning single to Jose Abreu, but kept the White Sox from doing much else over the next two innings. Avisail Garcia added the other hit in the fourth inning, but that was it for Chicago. Walks became an issue late for Archer. After putting two men on via the free pass to start the seventh inning, Archer was pulled. 

With the win, Archer improved to 10-8. He’ll take on the Indians in his next start. 


Chris Archer tosses best game in awhile


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(9/14/2014) After allowing a combined 16 runs over his last three starts spanning 16 1/3 innings, Chris Archer stymied the Blue Jays on Sunday, holding them to a single run over seven frames. Though the Rays' bullpen coughed up the four-run lead he handed them, they still emerged with a 6-5 win in 10 innings.

Archer struck out nine batters, and aside from three walks, all he gave up were two singles and an Edwin Encarnacion home run. While his record remains at 9-8, Archer lowered his ERA to 3.54. Next up for him are the White Sox, whom he will face at home next Sunday.


Chris Archer surrenders three runs in win vs. Yankees


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/9/2014) Rays pitcher Chris Archer earned a win Tuesday, allowing three earned runs on seven hits in 6 1/3 innings while striking out three in his team's 4-3 victory over the Yankees.

Archer (9-8) was handed a 4-0 lead after three-and-a-half innings and almost gave it back, allowing a solo home run in the fourth and a two-run bases-loaded single in the fifth. He managed to hang on for his first win since Aug. 13. Archer owns a 3.63 ERA and 155:63 K:BB ratio in 173 2/3 innings. He's scheduled to face the Blue Jays Sunday.


Chris Archer knocked around by Toronto


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/3/2014) Rays pitcher Chris Archer got knocked around Wednesday against the Blue Jays.

Archer allowed six runs on 10 hits over six innings. He struck out two and walked one during the outing. Home runs proved to be problematic for Archer. He gave up a two-run shot in the second inning, starting the scoring for Toronto. A sac fly brought in a run in the fourth inning, and ran into more trouble in the fifth. A leadoff single would up coming around to score on a sac fly. With two outs, Archer gave up a single to Jose Bautista and a two-run homer to Edwin Encarnacion. 

With the loss, Archer dropped to 8-8. He’ll take on the Yankees in his next start. 


Chris Archer gets knocked around in loss to Boston


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/29/2014) Rays pitcher Chris Archer was knocked around Friday night against the Red Sox, dropping to 8-7 on the year. The right-hander permitted eight runs -- seven earned -- on nine hits and two walks while striking out three over four innings of work.

Archer has allowed five-plus runs in a start for the first time since July 11. His ERA ballooned from 3.09 to 3.40 on the year. He will make his next start Wednesday at home against Toronto.

Chris Archer tosses seven one-run innings vs. Blue Jays


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/24/2014) Rays pitcher Chris Archer wasn't a factor in Sunday's decision, allowing one earned run on six hits and one walk in seven innings while striking out six in his team's 2-1 victory over the Blue Jays.

Archer was spotted a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning and held the Blue Jays scoreless until a sacrifice fly tied the game in the bottom of the seventh. It was his fourth straight start with one earned run allowed. Archer owns a 3.09 ERA and 147:60 K:BB ratio in 157 1/3 innings. He's scheduled to face the Red Sox Friday.


Chris Archer sunk by errors, control issues


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2014) Rays pitcher Chris Archer struggled with his control Tuesday against the Tigers.

Archer allowed four runs, one earned, on five hits over 5 2/3 innings. He struck out six and walked five during the outing. The fifth inning was a problem for Archer. Archer put two men on base before inducing a ground ball to first base. James Loney made a throwing error, which loaded the bases. Archer then fell apart. A walk brought in the first run of the game. A groundout brought in the next run, and a Miguel Cabrera single drove in a third run. Archer was done in by walks the following inning. After putting two men on via the free pass, Archer gave up a run-scoring single. He was pulled at that point.

Archer received the no-decision for his effort. He’ll take on the Blue Jays in his next start.