Chris Archer had a genuine breakout season, as he appeared to have solved his prior issues with wildness and inconsistency. Through the end of August, Archer had a 2.78 ERA with 223 strikeouts and 46 walks over 181 innings. He slipped in September, posting a 5.81 ERA for the month with 20 walks in 31 innings. Though Archer was a shadow of his previous self late in the season, even so, he rarely turned in a total clunker. There is little risk in drafting Archer as a top 20 starting pitcher, and with even greater consistency, he could produce like a top 10 starter.
Rays starter Chris Archer got hammered by the Blue Jays on Saturday, coughing up nine runs on 10 hits and five walks over 3 2/3 innings while striking out three. The Jays launched two homers off him en route to a five-run first inning, setting the tone for a wild 10-8 win for Toronto. Archer will get a shot at revenge next Saturday when the Rays host the Jays in the final game of the regular season.
Rays starter Chris Archer allowed a run on three hits and five walks in five innings in a no decision Monday against Boston. He struck out three. Archer couldn't get the Red Sox to whiff, as he induced just six swinging strikes and issued a season high five walks despite throwing first-pitch strikes to 16 of the 22 batters he faced. Archer needed 99 pitches to get through the five innings and didn't look his sharpest, but his ERA is still pretty at 2.92.
Rays starting pitcher Chris Archer (12-12) gave up two runs on four hits in six innings against the Yankees on Wednesday, but took the loss. He struck out seven and walked four. Archer was outdueled by Yankees rookie Luis Severino, who allowed just a single run in his 5 2/3 innings. He wasn't quite as sharp as the quality start would suggest, though, with the four walks plus a wild pitch. Archer looked like a stud in the first half (2.74 ERA, 1.02 WHIP), but has been markedly less dominant in the second half, with a 3.29 ERA and 1.15 WHIP. It's still quality work, but not top-line-starter material, and an uptick in his walk date has been the biggest culprit.
Rays starter Chris Archer endured a second straight subpar outing--at least by his standards. Archer allowed three runs on five hits over five-plus innings. He walked two and struck out eight, and was left with a no-decision in the 8-4 win over the Red Sox. Archer, who was coming off of a five-run performance his last time out, allowed a run in the first inning but was bailed out when the Rays scored three in the bottom half. Archer started the sixth inning by allowing the first two men to reach. He was lifted from the game, only to watch the bullpen let the Red Sox take the lead later in the inning. But the Rays' offense bailed him out again as they scored five times in the eighth, en route to the win. Despite the two rough outings, Archer still owns a very respectable 2.95 ERA this season.
Rays ace Chris Archer fired six scoreless innings, improving to 12-10 on the year with the 6-3 win over the Orioles on Monday. The young right-hander allowed four hits and three walks while striking out six, lowering his ERA to 2.78. Archer struggled (by his standards) in his last outing, allowing four runs in six innings. But overall, he finishes August 3-2 with a 3.66 ERA in six starts.