Jun 23, 2015; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Chris Archer (22) smiles in the dugout during the ninth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Tropicana Field. Tampa Bay Rays defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Chris Archer, Tampa Bay Rays
Despite losing their ace, David Price, and their manager, Joe Maddon, the Rays are somehow in first place. The biggest reason is Chris Archer.
Archer is 9-4 with a 2.01 ERA, 0.95 WHIP and 123 strikeouts, which is tied with Max Scherzer for third-most in the league. Archer went four straight starts in April without allowing a run and then he went three consecutive outings at the end of May and beginning of June with at least 11 strikeouts.
And this success is coming at a cheaper price in daily fantasy leagues than most dominant pitcher. That shouldn’t last much longer.