The Minnesota Twins decided to sign Chris Archer to a one-year deal right before the season started. Archer made his way into the starting rotation for the Twins looking to get back to his All-Star form.
This season Archer has made nine starts and has yet to pick up a win. One thing to note is that in his nine starts, he has yet to pitch five innings.
In his last start on May 28 against the Kansas City Royals, Archer picked up the loss going four innings, giving up five runs, with three of the five being earned. Before his recent start against the Royals, he had two productive outings against the Detroit Tigers and Oakland Athletics. In both of those starts he went four innings giving up one earned run.
Archer’s other loss came on May 5 against the Baltimore Orioles. He threw four innings and allowed two earned runs on two solo home runs.
You have to have a strong mental approach playing this game because there will be times where things don’t go the way you envision, but you have to be strong minded and keep pushing.
After his outing against Kansas City, Archer talked about how he and fellow MLBbro Byron Buxton have been dealing with the recent struggles.
“It’s baseball. Sometimes the ball doesn’t bounce your way,” Archer said in an article from the Star Tribune. “It’s frustrating, but one thing that Buck and I have been talking about is being process-oriented. If you keep hitting the baseball hard, they’re going to fall. And if you keep making pitches, that soft contact is typically going to be an out.”
“I was hoping to make better pitches all around, especially to Merrifield. I was really focused on picking up my teammate in that spot,” Archer said. “So yeah, it’s frustrating. I wanted to do better.”
It’s good to see that Archer has this mindset and knows that he can still provide value to a team that has playoff implications.
This could be a turning point for Archer this season. He knows what success looks like and he will do whatever it takes to put his team in positions to win games.
And this season he has done that a few times. He just has to be more consistent with his starts and also get the run support from his team.
Archer is in his 10th season and has dealt with his fair share of injuries. Despite all he’s been through, he’s still committed to going out on that mound and giving his best out there.
New Twins righthander Chris Archer says ex-teammate Jake Odorizzi had nothing but good things to say about the Twins when he was deciding where to sign. pic.twitter.com/L95AqEDwxV
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While he’s bounced around the league the past few years, there’s a reason teams are still giving him an opportunity because they know the potential he has and have seen what he has done in the past.
Archer’s veteran leadership can help the Twins on the field and off, especially during this time as it’s one of the top teams in the American League.