Chris Archer agreed that the results the Rays starters are getting need to improve, particularly if the team is to escape its current funk.
Archer will get the chance to lead the way Wednesday when he starts the finale of the Rays' three-game series with the Indians at Progressive Field. He'll be opposed by Trevor Bauer.
Rays starters have shown glimpses of the ability that observers forecast for them this season, which should have translated to better results at this juncture of the season. Archer appreciates the fact that the starting pitching could be the catalyst that rights the Rays' ship, and he thinks the unit's fortunes are due to change based on what he's seen from the group lately.
"I truly believe that it's going to turn around for us, and we're going to get the results that go along with the intention with how we're actually throwing the ball," said Archer, who admitted that the group's results, given its talent level, have been frustrating.
"Some teams, hitters don't hit," Archer said, "and our pitchers, we weren't very consistent early. ... I think we're throwing the ball really well [now]. ... I'm encouraged about our starters, for sure."
Bauer will be making his 11th start since moving into the starting rotation. He began the season in the bullpen after losing a Spring Training battle to Josh Tomlin for the fifth spot in the rotation. He moved into the rotation after Carlos Carrasco suffered a hamstring injury on April 24 at Detroit.
Bauer pitched a scoreless inning of relief against the Rays on April 14 when he allowed two hits but struck out three.
Three things to know
• Archer is 7-16 with a 4.24 ERA in his last 30 starts, dating back to his work after last season's All-Star break. Prior to the break, he went 9-6 with a 2.74 ERA in 19 starts.
• Opposing hitters are hitting .308 against Archer on the road as opposed to .204 when he's on the mound at Tropicana Field.
• In four June starts, Bauer is 1-0 with a 2.12 ERA, which shows improvement from May, when he went 2-2 with a 3.86 ERA in five starts.