Chris Archer will start on Opening Day for the Rays, March 29 at home against the Red Sox, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. This will be Archer’s fourth consecutive Opening Day start for the Rays, setting a club record for total Opening Day starters. He had been tied with James Shields and David Price, who had three each.
They haven’t added Archer yet, but @CespedesBBQ on Twitter made a graphic of which teams have announced their Opening Day starters:
Archer, 29, finished the 2017 season with a 4.07 ERA and a 249/60 K/BB ratio in 201 innings. The right-hander is under contract through 2019 with two additional club options, so despite lukewarm results over the past two seasons, the Rays have had and will continue to generate trade interest for Archer.
Topkin notes that Archer will be followed in the rotation by Blake Snell, a “bullpen day,” and Nathan Eovaldi.
MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo reports that Mets starter Noah Syndergaard will be placed on the 10-day disabled list because he contracted hand, foot, and mouth disease. The ailment is more common in children than adults and is caused by Coxsackievirus A16 or Enterovirus 71. According to James Wagner of the New York Times, it is believed that Syndergaard picked up hand, foot, and mouth disease working at a youth camp during the All-Star break.
Syndergaard, 25, started on Friday. He pitched well but lasted only five innings, throwing 84 pitches, because he had diminished velocity and felt tired. He yielded a run on eight hits with no walks and four strikeouts. It was his second start since returning from a DL stint (strained ligament in right index finger) that kept him out between May 26 and July 12.
The Mets expect Syndergaard to need only the minimum 10 days to recover. Corey Oswalt will temporarily take Syndergaard’s spot in the rotation.
In 13 starts this season, Syndergaard owns a 2.89 ERA with 83 strikeouts and 15 walks in 74 2/3 innings.