Texas Rangers: Chris Archer

Rapid Reaction: Rays 10, Rangers 1

August, 13, 2014

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Wednesday night started off badly with the news that Texas Rangers staff ace Yu Darvish was moved to the 15-day disabled list with right-elbow inflammation.

It continued when young right-hander Miles Mikolas took the mound and gave up three home runs in the first two innings against the Tampa Bay Rays.

The Rangers' bumpy season took another bad step as the Rays picked up an easy 10-1 victory at Globe Life Park.

Rays starter Chris Archer struck out a career-high 12 while earning his 15th quality start of the season. It was a masterful performance by Archer -- and that’s not to say the Rangers weren’t trying, because they were. You just have to credit him.

Archer didn’t allow a hit until Leonys Martin’s leadoff double in the fifth, and the right-hander struck out six consecutive batters in the early innings.

It was just too easy and painful to watch.

Things were so bad that Rangers manager Ron Washington took reliever Nate Adcock out after three of the five hitters he faced reached base for Alex Claudio, who was called up when Darvish was placed on the DL, in the eighth inning.

The first two pitches of Claudio's major league career were for strikes. And he eventually struck out Kevin Kiermaier on a bender on the outside part of the plate for his first big league strikeout. When he finished the inning, having allowed no runs, he got a nice ovation from the crowd.

It was the only positive thing on the evening for the home team.

How it happened: Quickly. To make this simple, Matt Joyce homered for a 1-0 lead in the first; in the second, Mikolas gave up two more home runs as the Rays took a commanding 5-0 edge. The Rangers did get a run on Jim Adduci's sacrifice fly that scored Martin in the fifth.

Archer kept the Rangers guessing most of the night and they didn’t offer a serious threat outside of the sixth inning, when a pair of one-out singles from Elvis Andrus and Mike Carp got the crowd alive.

Archer struck out Adrian Beltre and Alex Rios to end the threat.

Leadoff hitter blues: Shin-Soo Choo is the Rangers' leadoff hitter, but doesn’t look like one at the plate. He struck out twice Wednesday and leads the majors with 124 strikeouts from the leadoff position. Miami’s Christian Yelich is second with 99. Choo has struck out in his past 11 games, the longest stretch of the season.

Saving the bullpen: Washington elected to use first baseman J.P. Arencibia in the ninth inning over a reliever in mop-up duty. It was Arencibia’s first appearance as a pitcher and the third time this season the Rangers used a position player on the mound. Arencibia allowed just an infield hit in his one inning of work.

What’s next? Left-hander Robbie Ross (2-4, 5.61 ERA) takes on right-hander Jake Odorizzi (8-9, 3.89) on Thursday night.

Matchup: Derek Holland vs. Chris Archer

September, 18, 2013

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Rangers go for a second straight win against Tampa Bay with left-hander Derek Holland facing Rays right-hander Chris Archer on Tuesday night at 6:10 p.m. CT on ESPN, Fox Sports Southwest, ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM and Deportes 1540 AM.

Ron Washington joins Ian Fitzsimmons and Tim MacMahon to discuss the Rangers' dismal September, who's to blame for their September struggles and his status as the team's manager.

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Holland (9-9, 3.49 ERA): Holland looks to break out of a September slump. He is 0-3 with a 10.13 ERA in three starts, raising his ERA from 3.00 to 3.49. He has allowed 22 hits, seven walks and five home runs this month. ... Holland is winless in his last seven starts, the longest drought of his career. ... He has failed to complete six innings in each of his last three starts after going at least six innings in 14 straight starts and 23 of 27 to begin the season. ... Holland flopped against Oakland on Friday, allowing six earned runs in a season-low three innings. He allowed a three-run home run to Yoenis Cespedes in the first inning. ... Holland has a career-high 174 strikeouts this season but only seven in his last three starts. ... He is 4-3 with a 4.92 ERA in nine starts against the Rays, including a tough 2-0 loss to Matt Moore on April 10. ... He is 1-1 with a 5.11 ERA in four starts at Tropicana Field.

Archer (9-7, 3.03): Archer is another in a long line of rising young star pitchers for the Rays. He was a fifth-round pick by Cleveland in 2006. ... Archer is 6-3 with a 2.84 ERA at Tropicana Field. ... He went six scoreless innings in his start Friday at Minnesota, racking up seven strikeouts while allowing three hits and walking none. ... The Rays are 11-1 in starts when Archer goes six or more innings and 1-7 when he doesn't make it through six. ... Archer has thrown a career-high 116 innings. ... He doesn't have a walk in six of his last 13 starts. ... Archer has faced the Rangers once, striking out 11 batters last September in a game Texas eventually won 4-2 in 10 innings.

Hitters: Evan Longoria (9-for-24, 3 HRs, 8 RBIs) and Delmon Young (6-for-15, 2 HRs, 2 RBIs) have had success against Holland. The current Rangers are batting .211 against Archer over 19 at-bats.

Matchup: Yu Darvish vs. Chris Archer

September, 8, 2012
The second game of this three-game set between the Texas Rangers and Tampa Bay Rays features RHP Yu Darvish against RHP Chris Archer. The game is at 6:10 p.m. on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM and FSSW. A look at the matchup:

Archer (0-2, 3.86 ERA): The right-hander, who takes the place of David Price and his sore shoulder, has spent most of 2012 at Triple-A Durham in 2012 going 7-9 with a 3.66 ERA in 25 starts. ... He did make his big league debut in June, making two starts before going back down to the minors. ... He allowed one earned run on three hits in six innings against Stephen Strasburg and the Washington Nationals on June 20, but got the loss. ... He gave up four runs on five hits in 5 2/3 innings in a loss to the Royals six days later. ... He's pitched 128 innings in the minors this season. ... Opponents in Triple-A batted .218 against him and he had 139 strikeouts and 62 walks this season. ... He turns 24 in a few weeks and his last start came on Sept. 2. He went six innings and gave up one run on two hits with five strikeouts and one walk in a no-decision.

Darvish (14-9, 4.29 ERA): He's one of just six rookies in the last seven seasons with at least 14 wins (Justin Verlander leads the way with 17 in 2006), and the 14 wins are a Rangers rookie record. ... Darvish earned that latest win on Monday in Kansas City, allowing three runs on three hits with one walk and six strikeouts in seven innings. ... Darvish had a perfect game through 5 2/3 innings before allowing a walk and three straight hits in the sixth. ... He has a quality start in each of his last four starts. ... Darvish's 188 strikeouts are the second-most by a Rangers rookie, behind the 189 Edwin Correa had in 1986. ... Darvish faced the Rays on Aug. 28 and outdueled James Shields, allowing no runs in seven innings with 10 strikeouts and two walks.

Hitters: Archer has never faced the Rangers. ... The current Rays are just 6-for-25 off Darvish. ... The top hitter is Sam Fuld, who is 2-for-2. ... Evan Longoria is 0-for-3. Carlos Pena is 0-for-3 and all three outs are on strikeouts.

Up next:

Sun at Tampa Bay: RHP Roy Oswalt (4-2, 5.85) vs. RHP James Shields (13-8, 3.88), 12:40 p.m., ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM/1540 AM/FSSW



Colby Lewis
10 5.18 133 170
BAA. Beltre .324
HRA. Beltre 19
RBIA. Beltre 77
RA. Beltre 79
OPSA. Beltre .879
ERAC. Lewis 5.18
SOY. Darvish 182