Archer eager to be pitching tonight, hitting not so much
RHP Chris Archer doesn't have many memories from his only previous start at Arizon's Chase Field in August 2013, leaving in the second inning with arm tightness that was later diagnosed as a cramp.
"Not to much to remember,'' Archer said.
He will be back on the mound tonight, hoping to have more of am impact by continuing with an aggressive mindset that had led to improved performance since his 0-4, 7.32 start.
"The aggressive mentality serves me well,'' Archer said. "And ever since I've not been so passive I've gotten better results. Not alwasy the best, but better.''
Archer is 3-3, 3.66 in the eight starts since, though has lost his last three, allowing six, four and five runs, although only 11 were earned.
Pitching on the road has also been an issue, given his 2-4, 7.13 overall mark there compared to 1-3, 2.03 at the Trop.
Archer will get to hit tonight, but that's not something he is looking forward to.
"Not really, honestly,'' Archer said. "It's something we don't really practice. Hopefully there's a way I can affect the game.''
Archer has practiced bunting against a high-velocity pitching machine, but has only taken actual batting practice once. That D'backs starter Robby Ray is one of the harder throwers in the league doesn't help. Archer is 0-for-13 in his career as a hitter.
"Hitting is not really a priority of mine,'' he said. "I'm focusing on going out there and helping my team as much as I can on the mound.''