Earned his first All-Star selection and set a club record with 252 strikeouts, which ranked 2nd in the AL to CWS Chris Sale (274) and 4th in the majors...the previous record of 239 was held by Scott Kazmir (2007)...made his first career Opening Day start...his 34 starts led the majors and tied the club record (David Price in 2011, Kazmir in 2007)...crossed the 200-inning and 200-strikeout marks for the first time in his career. Became just the seventh pitcher in the modern era (since 1900) to record 250 strikeouts in a season without posting a winning record...four of the previous six pitchers are Hall of Famers (see chart).Finished fifth in the AL Cy Young voting with 29 points in the 7-4-3-2-1 voting system...it was the most points accumulated by a pitcher with a sub-.500 record in either league since CWS Chris Sale in 2013. Also ranked among AL leaders with 212 IP (6th),3.23 ERA (6th), 10.70 SO/9 IP (2nd), 3.82 SO/BB (9th) and 1.14 WHIP (10th)...held opponents to a .220 avg. (4th), .282 OBP (8th) and .331 SLG (3rd)...according to Stats LLC, opposing hitters missed on 29.7 pct. of their swings, 2nd in the AL to Sale (32.6).Of his 34 starts, he allowed 0 ER in 10, a club record and tied for 1st in the AL with HOU Dallas Keuchel and TEX Yovani Gallardo...he allowed 1 ER or fewer in 17 starts, a club record and most in the AL...he allowed 2 ER or fewer in 22 starts, tied with Keuchel for 2nd in the AL behind DET/TOR David Price (23). Recorded 5 starts of at least 7 IP while allowing 2 hits or fewer and no runs, tied for most such starts since data is available (1914)...also NYM Jake deGrom (2015), PIT Francisco Liriano (2013), BOS Pedro Martinez (2002) and PHI Grover Cleveland Alexander (1915)...became the first pitcher in the modern era (since 1900) to do this in 3 of his first 5 starts of a season, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Received the 6th-lowest run support in the AL (3.95 R/9IP)...received no run support 7 times, and 1 run or fewer 13 times...received 2.37 R/9 IP at home-lowest in the majors-compared to 5.65 R/9 IP on the road. Went 9-5 on the road, his 9 wins tying for 2nd in the AL behind DET/TOR David Price (11)...went 6-0 with a 0.89 ERA (40.2-IP, 4-ER) in his first 6 road starts, longest road winning streak in club history to start a season. Had 9 double-digit strikeout games, tying the club record (David Price, 2014) and 2nd in the AL to CWS Chris Sale (13)...had 4 starts of 10-plus SO and 0 BB, tops in the AL and tying Price(2014) for the club record. Threw a career-high 39.2 pct. sliders, highest rate by an AL starter since PITCHf/x data is available (2002)...had a major-league-most 179 SO with the slider (152 swinging), accounting for 71.0 pct. of his total strikeouts...no other pitcher in the majors had as many strikeouts on any other pitch, according to Stats LLC...In Baseball America's annual Best Tools survey of major league managers, Archer was named the AL's No. 3 Best Pitcher and No. 1 Best Slider...Keith Law of ESPN.com rated Archer as the No. 1 Best Slider in the majors, as well as the No. 3 Best Fastball behind CIN Aroldis Chapman and WAS Max Scherzer...his fastball averaged 95.2 mph, 3rd fastest in the AL and 6th in the majors, according to FanGraphs. On April 6 vs. BAL made his first Opening Day start and second Opening Day roster, but lost 6-2 to Chris Tillman...his own throwing error on the very first play of the game led to an unearned run....Received votes for AL April Pitcher of the Month but lost to HOU Dallas Keuchel...led the AL with 37 SO and ranked 3rd with a 0.84 ERA-a club record for April and the 2nd lowest of any month in club history, behind his own mark of 0.73 in July 2013...compiled streaks of 28.2 IP and a club-record 4 starts without allowing an ER, April 11-26. Won a career-high 6 straight decisions May 17-June 23...through June 23 was 9-4 with a 2.01 ERA (103-IP, 23-ER) in 16 starts...after that, went 3-9 with a 4.38 ERA (109-IP, 53-ER) in 18 starts...From May 27-June 2, became the first Ray ever to strike out 12 or more in back-to-back games and the second pitcher in the modern era to record at least 12 SO with no walks in back-to-back starts, joining 19-year-old Mets rookie Dwight Gooden in 1984...six weeks later, LAD Clayton Kershaw became the third...from May 27-June 7, became the first player in the modern era (since 1900) to record 10-plus strikeouts and no walks in 3 consecutive starts, according to the Elias Sports Bureau-and once again, Kershaw joined him six weeks later...in those 3 starts, Archer went 2-0 with a 0.39 ERA (23-IP, 14-H, 2-R, 1-ER, 0-BB, 38-SO)...his 38 SO were the most ever in a three-start stretch without issuing a walk (tied by Kershaw)...named the AL Player of the Week for June 1-7. On May 27 vs. SA facing Felix Hernandez, turned in one of the best starts of his career but earned no decision in the 3-0 loss...exited after 8 IP with a scoreless tie before Brad Boxberger yielded a 3-run homer to Nelson Cruz...only 2 base runners were a 1st-inning double by Seth Smith and 5th-inning single by Logan Morrison...in his 2 career starts vs. Felix, the two pitchers haven't allowed a run in a combined 31.1 IP-both Rays losses at home...Rays lost 5-0 on June 8, 2014. On June 2 at LAA, his 15 SO tied James Shields' club record (Oct 2, 2012 vs. BAL in his final game as a Ray) and set a club mark for strikeouts in a road game...tossed only 105 pitches over 8 IP in a 6-1 victory over C.J. Wilson...only one other pitcher in the 2000s has struck out 15-plus while throwing so few pitches: SEA Felix Hernandez on June 8, 2014 at Tropicana Field (15 SO, 100 pit.)... On July 29 vs. DET, lost a duel with Justin Verlander, 2-1, despite the longest perfect game bid in Rays history...retired his first 19 BF until Jose Iglesias' infield single in the 7th inning...broke Matt Garza's record of retiring his first 18 BF (April 30, 2009 vs. BOS, spoiled by Jacoby Ellsbury's infield single)...Archer and Verlander combined to retire the first 29 batters of the game-a first since July 28, 1991, when MTL Dennis Martinez threw a perfect game at LAD to beat Mike Morgan, 2-0 (source: Elias Sports Bureau)...it was also the fifth game since 1900 in which both starters recorded double-digit strikeouts without issuing a walk. On Aug 20 at HOU, threw his third career shutout, first since July 27, 2013 at NYY, in a 1-0 victory...only allowed 2 base runners, a leadoff walk to Jose Altuve in the 1st inning and a single by Colby Rasmus in the 5th...retired his final 15 BF...struck out 11 and threw only 98 pitches...was the fourth CG shutout allowing one hit or fewer in club history, first since Matt Garza's no-hitter on July 26, 2010 vs. DET...the last CG one-hitter was Garza on June 26, 2008 at FLA...his "Game Score" of 95-a metric devised by Bill James evaluating a starting pitcher's dominance-was the highestin franchise history...he became the first AL pitcher to throw a 1-hit shutout with 10-plus SO and fewer than 100 pitches since NYY David Cone's perfect game on July 18, 1999 vs. MTL (10 SO on 88 pitches)...Has pitched in six 1-0 games since the start of the 2014 season...in those 6 games he is 1-3 with a 0.44 ERA (41.1-IP, 2-ER) as the Rays offense has scored only one run while he was on the mound...Rays are 3-3 in those games. Finished the month of August at 12-10 with a 2.78 ERA...after that, went 0-3 with a 5.81 ERA (31-IP, 20-ER) in his final 6 starts to raise his season ERA to 3.23...his 6.58 ERA in September was the worst monthly mark of his career...issued a career-high-tying 5 BB in consecutive games, Sep 21 at BOS and Sep 26 at TOR. Recorded 50 SO in August, tying Scott Kazmir's club record for the month (2007). On Sep 11 vs. BOS, struck out 7 consecutive batters to tie the club record (Andy Sonnanstine, June 10, 2007 at FLA).On his 27th birthday, Sep 26 at TOR, faced former teammate and close friend David Price for the first time...tied career highs with 9 R and 5 BB allowed en route to a 10-8 loss...became the first pitcher to allow at least 9 runs on his birthday since NYG Freddie Fitzsimmons on July 28, 1932 vs. PIT (9 runs on his 31st birthday)...became the first AL pitcher to do so since CWS Hollis "Sloppy" Thurston on June 2, 1925 at DET (11 runs on his 26th birthday). In a combined 24 career starts against the Yankees and Blue Jays, is 10-5 with a 2.83 ERA (159-IP, 50-ER)...against the Orioles and Red Sox, is a combined 3-10 with a 4.97 ERA (99.2-IP, 55-ER) in 19 apps (18 starts).Averaged 21.6 seconds between pitches, compared to 25.2 seconds in 2014-5th longest in the majors. ALL-STAR GAME: Selected via the Player Ballot to his first career All-Star Game, held in Cincinnati...pitched a scoreless 5th inning before allowing a leadoff homer to Andrew McCutchen in the 6th...his line: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 SO, 1 HR, 20 pitches...was the first run a Rays pitcher ever allowed in an All-Star Game, ending a scoreless streak at 11 innings.
In his first full major league season, led the Rays staff with 32 starts and 194.2 IP...made 16 starts allowing 1 ER or fewer, tying James Shields' club record (2011) and tying SEA Felix Hernandez and KC Danny Duffy for the AL lead...Set a club record and ranked 5th in the AL with a 0.55 HR per 9 IP ratio, with only 12 HR allowed in 194.2 IP...half of those 12 HR came in his final 6 starts, after yielding only 6 HR in his first 26 starts...his .336 opp SLG ranked 6th in the AL and 3rd in club history, behind David Price (.318 in 2012) and Alex Cobb (.325 in 2014)...The Rays went 15-8 when he pitched 6 innings or more, and 2-7 when he failed to do so...since the start of 2013, those marks are 27-9 and 4-15...Was involved in four 1-0 games: April 8 at KC (won, ND), May 23 vs. BOS (won, ND), June 3 at MIA (lost) and Sep. 26 at CLE (lost)...Over the first quarter of his season (8 starts through May 11), had a 5.16 ERA (45.1-IP, 26-ER)...after that, pitched to a 2.77 ERA (149.1-IP, 46-ER) in 24 starts...Recorded a 2.78 ERA (107-IP, 33-ER) on the road, 8th lowest in the AL...finished the season with an active streak of 13 road starts allowing 3 ER or fewer, one shy of the club record held by Jeremy Hellickson (April 19, 2012-April 15, 2013)...has a 1.81 ERA (84.1-IP, 17-ER) during this streak, which began May 16...also went a club-record 10 straight road starts allowing 2 ER or fewer, snapped on Sep 9 at NYY...Allowed 72 walks, 6th most in the AL...21 of those came in the month of May...According to FanGraphs, averaged 94.6 mph on his fastball, 3rd hardest among AL qualifiers behind KC Yordano Ventura (97.0) and LAA Garrett Richards (96.3)...91 of his 173 SO (52.6 pct.) came via the slider, according to PITCHf/x...according to Brooks Baseball, opponents hit .188 (44-for-234) in at-bats ending with the slider...His 1.95 ERA (37-IP, 8-ER) in 6 starts in the month of June ranked 4th in the AL and set a club record (prev. Dewon Brazelton, 2.05 in June 2004)...Righthanders batted .262 (83-for-317) with 7 HR against him...prior to 2014, he'd held them to a .173 (45-for-260) clip...Is 5-0 with a 1.93 ERA (42-IP, 9-ER) in 6 career starts vs. NYY...won his first 4 starts against them, becoming only the second pitcher in the last 30 years to earn the win in his first 4 career games vs. NYY, joining LAA Ervin Santana (2005-06)...in the past century, only two pitchers have won their first 4 games vs. NYY with an ERA lower than Archer's 1.26 mark: BAL Mike Cuellar (4-0, 0.75 in 1969-70) and BAL Jim Palmer (4-0, 1.23 in 1965-66, though 2 games were in relief)...on June 30 at NYY, was in line to become the the first pitcher to win his first 5 games vs. the Yankees since Hall of Famer Walter Johnson for the Washington Senators (1907-08), before Joel Peralta allowed a game-tying, solo HR to Brian Roberts in the 9th inning...On Aug 13 at TEX, recorded a career-high 12 SO in a 10-1 victory...this tied for the most by any Rays pitcher in 2014...On April 2, the Rays announced an eight-year contract extension for Archer - the first six years (2014-19) guaranteed, plus club options for the 2020 and 2021 seasons...the deal is expected to guarantee a total of $25.5 million, with a maximum value of $43.75 million...it is the longest commitment the Rays have made to a pitcher...his new contract was only the fifth contract worth over $20 million given by Stuart Sternberg's ownership group...it is the largest guarantee in major league history for a player with less than one year of service time...there have been only five such deals in major league history, and the Rays have made three of those five.
Saw his first extended action in the major leagues, and finished 3rd in the voting for the 2013 BBWAA AL Rookie of the Year behind teammate Wil Myers and BOS/DET Jose Iglesias…finished with 35 points (with one 1st place vote) in the 5-3-1 point system, the most among AL pitchers... Despite not joining the Rays from Triple-A Durham until June 1 in their 55th game, he led AL rookies (min. 100 IP) in ERA (3.22), opponents' average (.226), complete games (2), shutouts (2) and WHIP (1.13)…was 2nd in innings pitched (128.2) and 3rd in wins (9)... Only two AL rookie starters with 20 or more starts have posted a lower ERA over the last 20 years... Set career highs with 178.2 IP (128.2 with Rays, 50 with Durham) and 33 starts (23 with Rays, 10 with Durham)... Became one of only three AL rookies since 1993 to throw 2 complete-game shutouts and all three are Rays…joined Rolando Arrojo (1998) and Jeff Niemann (2009)…he was also the first AL rookie in 26 years to record 2 walk-less According to FanGraphs, averaged 95.0 mph on his fastball, making him the hardest-throwing starter in the AL (min. 20 starts)…TEX Derek Holland was the next closest at 93.6... In July won both the AL Pitcher of the Month and AL Rookie of the Month awards…only two others have won the rookie award and Player or Pitcher of the Month in the same month…joined teammate Jeremy Hellickson (May 2011) and LAA Mike Trout (July 2012)…for July, went 4-0 with a 0.73 ERA (37-IP, 17-H, 3-ER) over 5 starts…his 0.73 ERA was the best in major league history by a rookie in the month of July and set a club record for lowest ERA in any month…helped the Rays to a 21-5 record... Was the third Rays pitcher to be named AL Rookie of the Month, joining Jeremy Hellickson (May 2011) and Wade Davis (July 2010)... Went 5-2 with a 2.47 ERA (58.1-IP, 16-ER) in 10 starts vs. AL East teams, including 3-0 with a 1.23 ERA (22-IP, 3-ER) in 3 starts vs. NYY…became the first rookie with 3 wins over the Yankees in a season since TEX Kevin Brown (3) in 1989…according to Stats LLC, his 1.23 ERA was the 2nd lowest ever by a rookie vs. the Yankees (min. 20 IP), trailing only CWS Bill Long (1.13 ERA in 1987)... Tossed complete-game shutouts on July 14 at HOU (his first career CG) and July 27 at NYY…prior to July 14, his longest career outing (including minors) was only 7 IP…in his 1-0 win at NYY on July 27 he became the first Ray ever to throw a CG shutout vs. the Yankees…it came in the Rays 268th game vs. New York…his line: 9 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 SO, 97 pitches, 67 strikes…he also became the fourth rookie
pitcher to throw a 1-0 shutout with 2 or fewer hits vs. NYY, third at Yankee Stadium (new or old), according to the Elias Sports Bureau…the first two came five days apart in September 1914 by the Senators' Jim Shaw (at WAS) and Jack Bentley (at NYY), and the last before Archer's was by BAL Don Ferrarese (at NYY) on May 12, 1956... Over his final 19 starts (beginning June 23), went 8-4 with a 2.89 ERA (109-IP, 35-ER)…was 1-3 with a 5.03 ERA over his first 4 starts. After teammate David Price returned from the DL on July 2, Archer went 7-4 with a 2.85 ERA and averaged 15.6 pitches per inning…he went 2-3 with a 4.40 ERA and averaged 18.8 pitches per inning during Price's absence. 97) Right-handed batters hit just .176/.237/.218 (34-for-193) against him…allowed only 4 extra-base hits to righties all season…righties had a .218 SLG against him, lowest in the AL after his
recall on June 1... Held opposing batters to a .206 avg. (20-for- with runners in scoring position, the 9thlowest mark in the AL after June 1. At Durham, went 5-3 with a 3.96 ERA (50-IP, 22-ER), 52 SO, 23 BB and 50 hits allowed in 10 starts... Entered the 2013 season rated by Baseball America as the No. 2 prospect in the Rays organization behind OF Wil Myers…was also rated by the publication as the Best Slider in the Rays system for the second straight season... POSTSEASON: Pitched out of the bullpen and appeared in 2 games…in Game 1 of the ALDS at BOS, worked 1.1 IP (1-H, 0-R, 2-SO) retiring Dustin Pedroia, David Ortiz, Mike Napoli and Jonny Gomes…in Game 4 at home entered in the 9th inning and faced one batter, allowing a sac fly to Pedroia.