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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%: 97/87 | Average Draft Position: 145.08
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Rays' Chris Archer posts excellent start against Yankees on Friday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/3/2015) Rays right-hander Chris Archer was terrific against the Yankees on Friday. Archer kept the Yankees scoreless over 6 2/3 innings, but he was left with a no-decision as the bullpen blew a 3-0 lead. The Yankees would go on to win 7-5 in extra innings.

Archer, who lowered his ERA to a fine 2.18, allowed three hits and three walks while striking out eight. He threw a career-high 122 pitches on the evening, but was generally in command for the most part.

This was a solid bounceback effort for Archer, who, despite recording 10 strikeouts, allowed five earned runs in his last start. 


Rays SP Chris Archer gets rocked, loses fifth game of season


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(6/28/2015) Rays starting pitcher Chris Archer dropped his first start since May 7 on Sunday against the Red Sox.

Archer got through six innings, but allowed five earned runs on five hits. Though he did manage to strike out 10 batters, he allowed the most runs during a start over his last nine appearances.

Archers ERA ballooned to 2.31 with the sub-par outing. He has 133 strikeouts and 25 walks over 109 innings of work this season.


Rays P Chris Archer goes eight innings in win over Blue Jays


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6/23/2015) Rays pitcher Chris Archer gave up two runs — one earned — in a solid performance in Tuesday night's 4-3 win over the Blue Jays. 

"He continues to go out and impress," manager Kevin Cash said, per MLB.com. "Especially against that lineup, that's an extremely difficult lineup to have that many at-bats against. They just pick up on your mistakes. Doesn't matter how good your stuff is. They're going to get you eventually. Arch just kept pumping fastballs and sliders, and they just couldn't quite time him up."

Archer went eight innings, gave up three hits, one walk and struck out seven batters. Archer was in command for the majority of his time in the game. Over his past eight starts, Archer has posted a 1.66 ERA. 

"He had done his job," Cash said. "He could have gone more, but we've tried to stay fairly consistent. We're going to turn it over to the guys in the bullpen. Arch had done more than enough in that outing."

For the season, Archer is now 9-4 with a 2.10 ERA. 

His next start is projected for Sunday against the Red Sox. 


Rays SP Chris Archer hangs on for eighth win of season


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(6/18/2015) It wasn't the sharpest performance of the season for Rays ace Chris Archer, but he did just enough to pick up his eighth win of the season Thursday in Tampa's triumph over the Nationals. 

Archer lasted just five innings, allowing eight hits and three runs, but got off the hook and earned a win when the Rays rallied in the sixth inning. 

Archer struck out three and walked two over the course of his 89-pitch effort to improve to 8-4 on the season and lower his ERA to 2.18. He has now won five straight decisions and has not lost since May 7. 


Rays SP Chris Archer solid in no-decision on Saturday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/13/2015) Rays right-hander Chris Archer was terrific once again in his start on Saturday. Archer limited the White Sox to two runs on five hits over seven innings. He struck out five and walked his first batter since May 22.

Archer gave up an early RBI single to Jose Abreu in the first inning, and then Melky Cabrera knocked in a run in the fourth, accounting for both runs to come against Archer on Saturday. Archer faced one batter in the eighth, walking Adam Eaton, before getting lifted from the game.

The two runs Archer gave up on Saturday were his most in last five starts, as his ERA actually increased to 2.00.

"The goal every time I step on the mound is to get a team win, and how do I do that? I focus on 60-feet, 6 inches away, and that's it," Archer said, per MLB.com. Anything more than that, any move that they make, I can't control. I just have to focus on, you know, if I don't walk that guy, we're not even having this discussion."

Archer was forced to settle for a no-decision after the bullpen gave away the lead in the eighth inning. He's due to make his next start on Thursday against the Nationals in Washington.


Rays SP Chris Archer fans 11, picks up seventh win of the year


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(6/7/2015) Rays starting pitcher Chris Archer was simply dominant in his team's 3-1 win over the Mariners on Sunday.

Archer, who picked up the win, tossed seven innings strong innings, while striking out 11 batters. Archer became the first pitcher in the modern era with at least 10 strikeouts and no walks in three consecutive starts, according to ESPN Stats & Info.

"I'm just getting more comfortable with my stuff -- understanding myself, understanding the opposing team, again, trusting my defense," Archer said. "We made some great plays today. … We were in sync."

Archer (7-4) has a 1.84 ERA with 108 strikeouts in 83 innings this season.


Rays SP Chris Archer credits fastball command for dominating run


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/3/2015) Rays starting pitcher Chris Archer was pitching just fine to start the regular season, but his last two starts have been in a different atmosphere. He has allowed just one run in his last two starts (16 innings), while striking out 27 in that span, including a 15-strikeout performance Tuesday against the Angels.

"What a performance," Rays manager Kevin Cash said, per MLB.com. "Two really strong performances back to back. I don't know which one was more impressive. But we'll take them both. The electric stuff we talk about all the time -- commanding the fastball, working in some changeups, something he's really done the last two outings."

Archer has also not issued a walk in consecutive starts. Since 1914, he is one of just two pitchers to record 12-plus strikeouts with no walks in back-to-back starts, per Baseball-Reference.com. The other pitcher was Dwight Gooden, who accomplished the feat at 19 years old in 1984.

"It all stems from fastball command," Archer said of his last two starts. "They take bad swings at the slider because you're in the zone with the heater so much. And then, when they're thinking slider, you can go heater. I just felt like the past 10 days the command of the fastball has been significantly better than 10-15 days prior."


Chris Archer Ks 15, matches Rays' strikeout record in win over Angels


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/3/2015) Rays pitcher Chris Archer put together another gem, matching James Shields' single-game franchise strikeout record of 15 in Tuesday's 6-1 victory over the Angels.

Archer (6-4) allowed a solo home run to Albert Pujols in the fourth inning for the only blemish in what was a career night for the 26-year-old right-hander. He yielded one earned run on six hits and no walks while striking out 15. Of his 105 pitches, 80 were strikes.

Archer and Corey Kluber of the Indians are the only pitchers to post a pair of 12-plus strikeout outings this season. Archer and Doc Gooden are the only pitchers since 1914 to record 12-plus strikeouts with no walks in consecutive starts.

Archer received the second-most support this season on Tuesday. He had gotten two runs or fewer in seven of his last 11 starts. He has 27 strikeouts over his last two starts. He will make his next start Sunday at Seattle.


Rays pitcher Chris Archer ties career-high 12 strikeouts in ND


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/27/2015) 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.