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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%: 98/88 | Average Draft Position: 145.32
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Rays pitcher Chris Archer ties career-high 12 strikeouts in ND


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3:33 pm ET) Rays pitcher Chris Archer tossed eight shutout innings on Wednesday, but did not factor into a decision in Tampa Bay's 3-0 loss to the Mariners.

Archer allowed just two hits with 12 strikeouts and no walks in his start, throwing 95 pitches. Archer tied a career high with 12 strikeouts, but was let down by his bullpen in the ninth inning, leading to a no-decision.

"This was an ideal outing for me," Archer said, per MLB.com. "I just felt really good. This is going to be a game that I re-watch and say 'Alright, what was my demeanor, what was I doing,' because that is ultimately what I should strive to do every single night."

Archer remains 5-4 and moved his ERA to 2.12 in 68 innings of work this season. He will look to get back in the win column on Tuesday against the Angels.


Rays P Chris Archer strikes out 8 in win


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/23/2015) Rays pitcher Chris Archer gave up only one earned run during Friday night's 5-2 win over the Athletics. 

Archer gave up his lone run in the fourth inning to Stephen Vogt on a solo home run. The Athletics were able to get six hits on Archer. Archer struck out eight batters while walking four. Archer now has an ERA of 2.40 this season. 

His next start is projected for May 27 against the Mariners. 


Rays pitcher Chris Archer allows one run in win on Sunday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/17/2015) Rays pitcher Chris Archer allowed one run on four hits in six innings of work in Tampa Bay's 11-3 win over the Twins on Sunday.

Archer's only blemish came in the first inning when he allowed a lead off walk to Brian Dozier. After advancing to second, Dozier scored on an RBI single from Joe Mauer. Archer calmed down and added four strikeouts to his totals without allowing another walk.

Archer, now 4-4, moved his ERA to 2.47 in 54 2/3 innings of work. He will look to keep rolling Saturday against the Athletics.


Rays P Chris Archer gives up 2 earned runs against Yankees


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/12/2015) Rays pitcher Chris Archer struck out eight batters during Tuesday night's 4-2 win over the Yankees. 

Archer allowed seven hits, walked one batter and gave up two earned runs. He was credited with a no-decision in the game. Kevin Jepsen was credited with the win after relieving Archer in the eighth inning. 

It was a good outing for Archer, who had given up a total of nine earned runs in his past two starts. 

Archer now has a 2.59 ERA. 

His next projected start is on Sunday against the Twins. 


Rays P Chris Archer has disastrous second inning in loss


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/7/2015) Rays pitcher Chris Archer allowed five earned runs during Thursday night's 5-4 loss to the Rangers. 

Archer had a particularly rough second inning. He gave up four runs on three hits and walked one batter. He surrendered his fifth run in the fourth inning before he was taken out. He went a total of 3 1/3 innings. 

"I couldn't make pitches when I needed to," Archer said, per MLB.com. "I wasn't in the zone enough. If you're not in the zone, it doesn't matter how good your stuff is. They'll lay off, run your pitch count up and that's what happened.

"I felt like my stuff was tremendous -- swing and miss -- but I'd rather have a little bit less stuff and be in the zone more because at least that would give me a chance to go deep in the game."

Archer's loss drops him to 3-4 for the season. He now holds a 2.59 ERA. 

Archer's next start is projected for May 12 against the Yankees. 


Rays pitcher Chris Archer tagged for four runs in losing effort


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/3/2015) Rays pitcher Chris Archer allowed four runs on six hits in six innings of work in Tampa Bay's 4-0 loss to the Orioles Saturday.

Archer ran into issues in the third inning when two runners reached base safely before Chris Davis drove in a run. Then, Steve Pearce brought home two more with a double to right field in the inning.

"It was just one of those nights where I didn't have my best stuff, and even when I don't have my best stuff, I want to do a little bit better than I did tonight," said Archer.

Archer then surrendered a Caleb Joseph home run to left center in the sixth before getting the hook after the inning was over.

"Well, Arch looked human tonight," said Rays manager Kevin Cash. "He was battling his command a little bit, left some fastballs up in the zone, didn't quite have the 'miss' on the slider that we had seen."

Archer, now 3-3, moved his ERA to 1.64 in 38 1/3 innings of work. He will look to bounce back Thursday against the Rangers.


Chris Archer wins third game of year for Rays despite illness


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/26/2015) Chris Archer moved to 3-2 on the year with a win Sunday for the Rays over Toronto. Archer threw seven shutout innings, allowing two hits and one walk, while striking out seven.

"Tonight might have been his most impressive outing simply with what he was dealing with the way his body felt," said Cash noting that he had received a text from Archer on Sunday morning that said he felt better, adding that Archer then felt worse once he took the mound.

Archer threw 64 strikes in 93 pitches and lowered his ERA to 0.84.

"I feel like if I'm 75, 80 percent, I have an obligation to the team," Archer said. "...The biggest thing is, I didn't want to compromise the team, put them in a bad situation and not be able to compete. But I was able to go home early yesterday, get a good night's sleep, get a couple of good meals in me. It felt like I could compete today and things went really well."

Archer's next start is scheduled for Friday, at Baltimore.  


Rays pitcher Chris Archer strikes out nine in losing effort Tuesday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/21/2015) Rays pitcher Chris Archer allowed just one unearned run on seven hits in 5 2/3 innings of work in Tampa Bay's 1-0 loss to the Red Sox Tuesday.

Archer's only blemish came in the third inning when he put two men out for Dustin Pedroia. Archer allowed Pedroia to reach safely on a fielder's choice, but the run scored on a throwing error by Ryan Brett.

Archer added nine strikeouts and just one walk in his 106 pitches, 72 going for strikes, keeping his ERA at a lowly 1.07 in four starts. He will look to get back in the win column Sunday against the Blue Jays.


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.”