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Rays 6, Angels 1: Chris Archer Is Amazing

Archer fans 15 and walks none in the Rays victory.

Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Since the Rays are on the west coast and I'm an old man who falls asleep before midnight, this recap is going to be abbreviated. There's little to say, though, if you watched the game. We all know what the story is: Chris Archer.

The young right-hander struck out a career-high and team-record tying fifteen batters and walked none in his eight innings. The only real blemish on his outing was a fourth inning home run from the red-hot Albert Pujols. Yesterday David Price tweeted that Archer had the best slider in baseball. Harold Reynolds and Billy Ripken, the boobs on MLB Tonight, disagreed. It's tough to empirically decided who has the best so and so, but, for at least last night, no pitch in baseball was better than the slider of Chris Archer.

Eleven of his fifteen strikeouts came via the slider, and it generated a whiff percentage of thirty-four. Contrast that with the fifteen percent whiff rate on his excellent fastball. Despite what the Rays' broadcast radar gun tells you, the slider doesn't sit in the low 90s, but it does call 87-89 home, which is getting into Randy Johnson territory. Archer is now tied for second in fWAR among pitchers at 2.4, just a hair behind Max Scherzer's 2.7. He has the highest K% (32.7) in baseball and the seventh-lowest ERA (2.01). I know Dallas Keuchel and Sonny Gray have lower ERA's, but not by much. It's time to start thinking about Archer possibly starting the All-Star game. The Matt Garza trade looks like the steal of the century so far.

As for the offense, all the runs they would need came off the bat of Logan Forsythe in the first inning. With a runner on and two outs, Forsythe juuuuuust put one inside the foul pole a few rows back. They'd pick up insurance runs in the sixth on singles from Jake Elmore and Asdrubal Cabrera, and Rene Rivera added a run scoring single in the ninth.

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3 Rays1118 pitchers starting to fear frosty. getting the barry bonds treatment
2 thedudeofdudes Got nothing on Erasmo's 7 innnings and no runs.
2 thedudeofdudes Was hoping for a quick inning here so we could maybe see our first complete game this year,
2 Rays1118 9 Ks with 60 pitches. pretty impressive
2 Rays1118 well if we dont score any more runs then yea.
1 MrWizzle21 Well I just don't think he's going to want to drop from $5m to $1m
1 Brian Andersbot Lost at softball but got to drill a guy i hate in the back pretty hard
1 Rays1118 well atleast Assdribble is consistent
1 Landlord This team will never get a complete game
1 MrWizzle21 Oh he comes around every once and a while when he's not at the winery
1 youcancallmeRayRay Yeah, put on a uniform, ya dipstick!
1 Brian Andersbot ELWOOD
1 Rays1118 in b4 souza 2 run double
1 Rays1118 some players just think theyre bigger than the game. this guy needs to be taught a lesson.
1 Rays1118 sup buddy
1 Brian Andersbot Kotch makes that play
1 Rays1118 FROSTY!!!!
1 turntwo21 No Franklin tonight?
1 turntwo21 I was being sarcastic mostly
1 Rays1118 man that sure was deep
1 JRTW612 Loney makes that play.