Rays starter Chris Archer entered Saturday’s start against the White Sox having put together three dominant starts, going at least seven innings, recording at least 11 strikeouts and issuing exactly zero walks in all three outings. He became the first in the modern era to get double-digit strikeouts with zero walks in three straight starts.
He attempted, but failed, to make it four in a row on Saturday. He gave up three runs on five hits and a walk while striking out five in a no-decision as the Rays topped the Pale Hose 5-4. Nevertheless, Archer remains one of the best pitching performers this season, boasting a 2.00 ERA, a 0.94 WHIP, and a 113/21 K/BB ratio in 90 innings. Among qualified starters in the American League, only Sonny Gray (1.74) and Dallas Keuchel (1.90) have a lower ERA than Archer.
Today the Angels introduced their newest big star, Anthony Rendon, who just signed a seven-year, $245 million contract to play in Orange County.
And it is Orange County, not Los Angeles, Rendon stressed at the press conference. When asked about the Dodgers, who had also been reported to be courting him, Rendon said he preferred the Angels because, “the Hollywood lifestyle . . . didn’t seem like it would be a fit for us as a family.”
What “the Hollywood Lifestyle” means in that context could mean a lot of things I suppose. It could be about the greater media scrutiny Dodgers players are under compared to Angels players. It could mean that he’d simply prefer to live in Newport Beach than, I dunno, wherever Dodgers players live. Pasadena? Pasadena is more convenient to Dodger Stadium than the beach. Who knows. They never did let Yasiel Puig get that helicopter he wanted, so traffic could’ve been a consideration.
But maybe it’s a subtle allusion to political/cultural stuff. Orange County has trended to the left in some recent elections but it is, historically speaking, a conservative stronghold in Southern California. And, based on something else he said in his press conference, Rendon seems to be pretty conscious of geographical/political matters:
A shoutout to the notion of Texas being Trump country and an askance glance at “the Hollywood Lifestyle” of Los Angeles all in the same press conference. That’s a lot of culture war ground covered in one press conference. So much so that I can’t decide if I should warn Rendon that both Texas and Orange County are trending leftward or if I should tell him to stick to sports.