Archer & Moore Go Mainstream | The Process Report

Archer & Moore Go Mainstream

The Rays are the league’s hottest team and the rest of the baseball world is starting the take notice. So much so that our own Jason Collette and Tommy Rancel were called up to the Sweetspot’s main page to pen articles on the recent performances of Chris Archer and Matt Moore.

Rancel on Archer:

The Toronto Blue Jays have been a disappointment this season, but their offense is potent. After feasting on the weaker lineups in the league, Archer would be tested on Sunday. On results alone, he passed. He allowed just one run on five hits in seven innings of work. Following back-to-back starts without allowing a walk, he issued four free passes and struck out just one.

Despite the lackluster peripherals, Archer was at his best when he needed to be against the Blue Jays. Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion have combined to hit 86 extra-base hits this season, including 48 home runs. The duo went 0-8 against Archer and left seven men on base against the Rays’ powerful righty; Archer used upper-90s fastballs to retire the powerful combo in seven of the eight appearances.

Collette on Moore:

While Boston entered the series with the highest team batting average in baseball over the past month at .298, and the second highest team OPS at .805, Moore limited the Red Sox to just three hits while throwing his first career complete-game shutout. Moore was so dominant that the only runner to reach second base did so as a result of a wild pitch in the seventh inning. Moore threw 74 of 109 pitches for strikes, including using 21 changeups according to ESPN Stats & Info. The increased usage of his changeup has been one of the key factors in his recent success.

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