Is 'Bust' Too Strong For Chris Archer?

Another disappointing start has fans upset

Matt Koll
August 27, 2018 - 11:03 am
Chris Archer

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PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan)- Anyone who reads Chris Archer's line in the box score from Sunday knows it's not good enough.

4.0 innings pitched, 6 earned runs on 7 hits, 2 homeruns, 2 walks, 5 strikeouts.

That's not good enough neither for a rookie starter nor a seasoned veteran. 

The Fan Morning Show with Colin Dunlap and Jim Colony took some emotional calls Monday morning on Archer's short tenure in Pittsburgh and the consensus was clear: He's been a disappointment. Two calls in a row even used the term "bust" when describing the trade that sent Glasnow, Meadows and Baz to Tampa Bay for Archer. 

Colin Dunlap admitted that Archer has been really bad since coming over to Pittsburgh. But he also says it has only been five starts. People are ripping him and giving up on him in a Pirate uniform before his career in Pittsburgh has really gotten started. This trade was never about just this season, it was about the ability to have him under control for years to come. This isn't going to be the only season he contributes. 

Colin said, "There are a lot of people who are already done with this guy, it's a bad trade or I imagining the excitement when he came to town? Am I imagining the, 'the Pirates finally went for it!' I think Archer is a good pitcher who's just going through a rough spell. That doesn't give him any excuse, he's gotta get a lot better. If I don't see it to start the season next year then I'm going to be disappointed. I'm still giving him kind of a re-calibration period, but I have to see it right as 2019 starts." 

Jim Colony pointed that there was a segment of the fan base that was against the Archer deal and said, "In five starts, it is too soon to completely bury the guy, but my goodness does this constitute a trend. Even more than a trend. I figured some of the numbers that you saw from him were a product of pitching in the American League East. But, he's actually been worse pitching against the National League Central." 

Colin also said that this may be a test study by the Pirates front office in making trades in which a package of prospects goes for an established major leaguer.

So far, it's not going so well. 

You can hear The Fan Morning Show's discussion about this below. 



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