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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: 3 | Owned/Started%: 88/58 | Average Draft Position: 146.62
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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. 


Chris Archer dominates against Rangers


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/13/2014) Rays pitcher Chris Archer turned in a dominant outing against the Rangers Wednesday.

Archer allowed one run on four hits over seven innings. He struck out 12 and walked two. Archer threw 108 pitches during the start. Archer had some control issues early on, issuing both his walks in the first inning. He escaped the inning unscathed, and didn't run into any control issues the rest of the start. Archer didn't allow his first hit until the fifth inning. That base runner would eventually come around to score the only run against Archer. He tossed two more scoreless innings before his day was done.

With the win, Archer improved to 8-6. His next start will come against the Tigers.


Chris Archer strikes out six in no-decision vs. Cubs


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/8/2014) Rays pitcher Chris Archer didn't factor into Friday's decision after giving up two runs (one earned) on five hits and one walk in six innings and striking out six in his team's 4-3, 10-inning win over the Cubs.

Archer fell behind 1-0 in the first inning and 2-1 in the fourth but managed to avoid a loss. He's delivered four straight quality starts to open the second half. Archer owns a 3.33 ERA and 123:52 K:BB ratio in 137 2/3 innings. He's scheduled to face the Rangers Wednesday.


Chris Archer jumps back over .500 in win over Halos


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/2/2014) Rays starter Chris Archer turned in another quality start Saturday night, scattering three runs on six hits and two walks in six innings while striking out nine in his team's 10-3 win over the Angels. Of his 109 pitches, 70 were strikes. With the win, he improved to 7-6 on the year.

Over his last three starts covering 18 1/3 innings, Archer has allowed seven earned runs. He owns a 3.42 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP over 22 starts (131 2/3 innings). He will make his next start Friday against the Cubs in Chicago.

Chris Archer earns praise for standing up to David Ortiz


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/29/2014) Rays starter Chris Archer has earned the respect of his teammates for his reaction to the showmanship of Red Sox slugger David Ortiz in flipping his bat and taking his time rounding the bases after blasting a home run against the right-hander.

Archer claimed Ortiz feels he's bigger than the game. Ortiz said Archer had no business reacting that way as a player with "two days" in the game. Archer countered by noting that classy Hank Aaron never flipped his bat.

"My initial thought was you're never too youthful to tell the truth and say things how you see them," Archer told the Tampa Tribune.

Archer standing up to Ortiz prompted praise from David Price, who has his own feud going with the Red Sox stud.

"Not only did he earn respect here, but in all of baseball," Price said about Archer. "He said what he needed to say. He said it well. I wish I would've said it as well."


Chris Archer can't win one Sunday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2014) Rays pitcher Chris Archer turned in a quality start, but couldn't pick up a win Sunday.

Archer gave up three runs on six hits over six innings of work. He struck out three and walked two during the outing. Archer only had one troublesome inning. After giving up a walk and a single in the third, Archer gave up a three-run shot to David Ortiz. It was the only blemish on Archer's resume the entire game. 

With the loss, Archer dropped to 6-6 on the year. His next start will come against the Angels. 


Chris Archer to pitch Sunday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/23/2014) Rays pitcher Chris Archer is set to start Sunday against the Red Sox.

The team will push back Archer one day in order to bring Jeremy Hellickson back. Hellickson was sent down in order to remain on normal rest, and will return to the lineup Saturday. Archer has a 3.31 ERA over 119 2/3 innings of work.


Chris Archer gets back on track Sunday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/20/2014) Rays pitcher Chris Archer bounced back with a quality start Sunday afternoon against the Twins in Minnesota, improving to 6-5 on the year. The right-hander yielded three runs -- one earned -- on six hits and two walks while striking out four over 6 1/3 innings of a 5-3 victory.

Archer gave up one earned run or fewer for the first time since June 19. He owns 3.31 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP over 20 start (119 2/3 innings). He will look to improve to two games over .500 on Saturday at home against Boston.

Rays reveal rotation plans


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/13/2014) The Rays announced their pitching rotation for the first series after the All-Star break. According to the Tampa Bay Times, Alex Cobb, David Price and Chris Archer will face the Twins.