Game 70: Chris Archer, Offense Struggle Again as Rays Drop Wil Myers’ Debut

By Robbie Knopf

The Rays entered Tuesday just 2-7 in their 9 games versus the Boston Red Sox. With Wil Myers making his major league debut, the Rays hoped that was about to change. Instead, it was more of the same, with Chris Archer struggling again and the Rays offense, even with Myers, staying silent as the Red Sox rolled to victory 5-1.

With Archer and Myers playing prominent roles, two of the Rays’ blockbuster trade acquisitions were front and center. Neither lived up to their potential. Archer went 4.2 innings allowing 4 runs, 3 earned, on 5 hits, striking out 5 while walking 5 as well. His stuff remains impressive, but Archer’s lack of control has sabotaged him in his 4 major league starts, with his strikeout-to-walk ratio standing at just 18-14 in 19.2 IP. He needed 109 pitches just to get through those 4.2 innings, and unless he turns it around fast, the Rays may be out of patience when David Price returns.

Myers, meanwhile, flew out in his first two at-bats, struck out in his third, and flew out again in his fourth. He wasn’t overpowered, only striking out once, but he did not hit the ball with much authority, possibly feeling too much pressure and going all-out for power as opposed to just taking what the pitcher gave him. The Rays hope for much better things in the nightcap of this doubleheader and beyond.

The few highlights in the game came from Evan Longoria, Jose Molina, and Cesar Ramos. Longoria didn’t have a great day, going 0 for 3 with a walk and the Rays’ only run scored, but he played third base for the first time in five games and didn’t have any problems. Molina surprisingly was the Rays’ leading hitter, going 2 for 3 with a walk. How he do that and the Rays not win? And Ramos finished the game with 2 shutout innings of relief, allowing just a hit while striking out. The efforts of Josh Lueke (1.1 IP, 1 ER) and Ramos made sure that the Rays’ key relievers are rested for the doubleheader’s second game.

It was a tough loss for the Rays, with Myers’ presence not putting an end to the team’s sluggishness of late, especially against Boston, and the Rays hope for better results in the nightcap of their doubleheader versus Boston. The Rays rely on another rookie, Jake Odorizzi, to take on Felix Doubront.