The Tampa Bay Rays pitcher ranks roll on with number four, and today, it is a fan favorite.
In the fifth spot for the Tampa Bay Rays all-time pitchers list, Sergio Romo came strolling in. A pick that some might find laughable I think was well explained (well, I will admit I am biased). Today, a more conventual pick slots into the number four spot. Chris Archer.
Chris Archer spent seven seasons with the Tampa Bay Rays before being shipped off to the Pittsburgh Pirates at last years trade deadline.
Archer, or Arch as commonly referred to, quickly became a fan favorite. The hotshot young gun from North Carolina brought swagger, confidence, and fire to Tampa Bay. Something that was infectious around the Tampa Bay area.
Chris Archer won 54 games for the Tampa Bay Rays (if for some reason you care about pitcher wins in 2019). Arch turned in a career 3.69 ERA. He logged over one thousand innings for the Tampa Bay Rays and became a face of the Rays franchise during his tenure. While his play never reached Evan Longoria heights, his national relevance was on par with that of Longo.
Now, Archer toes the rubber as a 30 year old with the Pirates after being in Tampa since he was 23 years old. He still has a lot of career left, and who knows if the Rays and Arch will ever cross paths again. But already, he has done enough in a Rays uniform to crack the top five.
Everyone has a favorite Chris Archer moment. Everyone has an Archer moment that just makes your jaw hit the floor.
Leave below in the comments or on Twitter, what are your favorite Chris Archer moments as a Tampa Bay Ray? For me, it was every time he walked off the field screaming, and electrifying the crowd. (cop out answer I know, I know)
Archer has yet to win a CY Young award, but he is a two time MLB All-Star, giving him a top spot on the Rays all-time pitchers list.
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