Let's Have Some Patience With Chris Archer

AT&T Sports Net's McKenry says better days are on the horizon

Matt Koll
August 16, 2018 - 11:04 am
Chris Archer

Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan)- Newly acquired pitcher Chris Archer juuuuust wasn't good enough again yesterday for the Pirates as he gave up four runs over just five-plus innings, despite striking out seven with no walks. 

Former MLB catcher now AT&T Sports Net analyst Michael McKenry joined The Fan Morning Show on Thursday and believes we haven't seen the best of Archer yet. We just need to be a little patient. 

"I think he's still pitching like he's in the AL East. I think it's going to take a little time," said McKenry. "There's a reason they got him. They think they can help him get his fastball command under control. His changeup was by far the best I've ever seen it, we threw it 16 times yesterday which is unheard of [for him]. He didn't use his slider as much, so it was more effective in the later innings."

"I think he's trending in the right direction. Now I'm waiting for (Pirates pitching coach) Ray Searage to get ahold of him and show him a sinker. If he can get a complimentary pitch that can come out of that same tunnel [as the 4-seam fastball and slider] it's going to be...I mean...in my opinion...game, set, match. Not to mention, he's trying to start to throw a curveball at 82 mph which gives him a little speed difference."

McKenry says it's all about getting ahead in the count for Archer to eliminate some of his inconsistencies in his starts.

"When he's behind in the count, he has one of the worst batting averages against in baseball for a starting pitcher. When he throws a fastball behind in the count, it's pretty much getting hit. When he gets ahead, he's the best pitcher in baseball," said McKenry. "He didn't get hit hard yesterday. That's really, really encouraging. I think it's going to start to go. I really do, his stuff's way too good, he's got elite caliber stuff, he's just got to piece it all together."

"When AJ Burnett came over here from the Yankees, it took him all Spring Training. So, I'm not thinking Archer is going to take that long. As long as he keeps trending in the right direction, I think we're OK." 

You can listen to the entire interview with Michael McKenry on The Fan Morning Show below, inlcuding his thoughts on the Jose Urena/Ronald Acuna situation from Wednesday and what he's looking out for in this upcoming series against the Cubs.        

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