Archer won't start Thursday's game at Houston, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports. Archer lined up to pitch on regular rest Thursday, but Joe Musgrove will instead take the mound after an extra day of rest. Archer figures to have his start bumped one day to Friday at Milwaukee, though Pittsburgh has yet to announce its extended rotation plans.
Archer allowed one run on two hits and three walks over five innings during Saturday's win over the Padres. He struck out five but did not factor in the decision. Archer served up a 432-foot solo homer to Manny Machado in the fourth inning but otherwise kept the Friars off the board. It was a good rebound performance for the 30-year-old, who gave up 11 runs in his previous two outings. Archer has a 5.56 ERA, 1.48 WHIP and 74:36 K:BB through 69.2 innings and lines up to start Thursday at Houston.
Archer allowed four runs on seven hits with eight strikeouts and three walks across five innings during a no-decision against the Marlins on Sunday. The right-hander continues to be a bit of a mystery. Archer continues to be a quality contributor in the strikeouts department with 29 punchouts in his last 25 frames. But when hitters do connect against him, the ball usually goes a long way. In his last nine starts, Archer has allowed 15 home runs. Overall, he is 3-6 with a 5.85 ERA, 1.52 WHIP, .261 batting average against and 69 strikeouts in 64.2 innings. Archer will again try to keep the ball in the park during his next start at home against the Padres next Sunday.
Archer (3-6) allowed seven runs on eight hits with eight strikeouts and two walks across six innings while taking a loss during a rain-shortened defeat against the Braves on Tuesday. The right-hander yielded four homers in the second inning, but fortunately for him, they were all of the solo variety. That gave the hot Pirates offense a chance to come back, and it did, tying the game in the fifth. But during the sixth, Archer again yielded a long ball -- this time a three-run shot. All seven runs he allowed Tuesday came via the homer. Coming into this start, Archer already owned a career-high HR/9, and it ballooned to 2.4 after this outing. Overall, he is 3-6 with a 5.73 ERA, 1.47 WHIP and 61 strikeouts in 59.2 innings. Archer will pitch next at Miami on Sunday.
Archer (3-5) allowed one run on six hits with six strikeouts and two walks across six innings to earn a victory against the Braves on Thursday. The right-hander yielded a home run to Freddie Freeman in the first inning, and then the Braves had first and third with one out in the second. That made it seem like it was going to be another long afternoon for Archer. Instead, he worked out of the second-inning jam, and then he yielded just two hits over the next four frames. Archer still has more work to do in order to bring his numbers back down to normal, but he's won two straight, and this was his best start since April 13. Archer is 3-5 with a 5.20 ERA, 1.45 WHIP and 53 strikeouts in 53.2 innings this season. He will face the Braves again on the road in his next start Tuesday.