Cleveland Indians fans are nearly able to stop worrying about the team's players participating in the World Baseball Classic, as only a few more days remain.
Archer was flawless in four innings during USA's opener against Colombia on March 10. The left side of the Puerto Rican infield has combined for a.382 batting average, as Francisco Lindor has hit.389/.455/.722 with two home runs and four runs batted in, while Carlos Correa has slashed.375/.556/.813 with two home runs and seven runs batted in.
All roads seem to point toward Archer's major league employer, the Tampa Bay Rays.
In Japan for the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks in 2016, he went 7-3 with a 3.84 ERA, while recording a 92/15 K/BB ratio, in 82 innings pitched across 13 starts. He was going to pitch four innings. An injury in the tournament would not only harm his major league career, but also the Rays' plans to regain contention.
Archer threw four innings of hitless baseball in his first game, and he has said he was looking forward to pitching again.
Team USA plans to start Nats pitcher Tanner Roark on Tuesday, and has Marcus Stroman lined up if it gets to the final on Wednesday.
The Netherlands squad has gone 4-2 to this point in the tournament, but Puerto Rico enters as the overwhelming favorite. However, the odds of him making another appearance for Team USA in the championship round are slim. The right-hander returned to the Tampa Bay Rays this past week and pitched Thursday in a minor league game.
Nonetheless, Archer had only praises for his time in the tournament and tweeted his appreciation to compete for the United States.