If Chris Archer is preparing for a lack of support, he’s in midseason form already.
Archer’s spring training record fell to 0-2 Monday after a 5-0 loss to the Atlanta Braves. Archer gave up only two runs, and one of those was unearned, in absorbing the loss.
“The past two games I’ve started a little slow in the first inning,” Archer said. “I think I’ve been a little too passive. I’m not a passive pitcher. I have to be extremely aggressive in the strike zone. After I got out of that first inning, I felt like myself. I didn’t feel like myself in the last game, either. But the second, third and fourth innings I felt like myself.”
The Rays managed only three hits on the day.
Tampa Bay hosts Philadelphia at the Charlotte Sports Park. Drew Smyly will make his third start of the spring.