Chris Archer Can't Wait To Experience Starting Pirates Home Opener

Veteran Pitcher Tabbed To Face The Cardinals April 1

Eric Hagman
February 18, 2019 - 6:39 am

Eric Hagman 93.7 The Fan

Bradenton, FL (93.7 The Fan) - The Pirates home opener is six weeks from today, and it will be Chris Archer on the mound against the Cardinals that afternoon. Manager Clint Hurdle on Saturday named Archer his starting pitcher.  Archer, who started four season openers with Tampa Bay, doesn't take the assignment lightly.

"It's going to be a lot of fun," he said.  "The energy in the city around that time of the year, it's always buzzing.  I've never been a part of it.  I've only heard and I can't wait to experience it."

Archer got a taste of an electric atmosphere at PNC Park in his first Pirates start last August.

"Probably for the first time in my career, I realized home-field advantage is a real thing," Archer said.  "Having those fans in your corner, I've never experienced it on that level.  I loved it, and I want to be a part of it for a long time."

The way Archer sees it, the vibe will be different.  "Probably even a little more hype just because of the newness, the hope.  Everybody has a clean slate, so everybody is in first place at that point."

Even though he has a lengthy history of pitching season openers, Archer has no issue with Hurdle selecting Jameson Taillon to pitch game one in Cincinnati March 28.

"It's well deserved," Archer said.  "Just being drafted in the first round a few years ago and everything he's been through and having the season that he had last year.  He's still just scratching the surface.  Honestly, it's a lot like when I was with Blake Snell last year.  There's going to be even more greatness in him this year.  I can see it."