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.
Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Oakland Athletics owner John Fisher has reversed course and will continue to pay minor leaguers. Fisher tells Slusser, “I concluded I made a mistake.” He said he is also setting up an assistance fund for furloughed employees.
The A’s decided in late May to stop paying paying minor leaguers as of June 1, which was the earliest date on which any club could do so after an MLB-wide agreement to pay minor leaguers through May 31 expired. In the event, the A’s were the only team to stop paying the $400/week stipends to players before the end of June. Some teams, notable the Royals and Twins, promised to keep the payments up through August 31, which is when the minor league season would’ve ended. The Washington Nationals decided to lop off $100 of the stipends last week but, after a day’s worth of blowback from the media and fans, reversed course themselves.