It's hard to draw any conclusions from one start. In fact, I'd say it's impossible to draw any conclusions from one start.
But one start is all we have to go on from Chris Archer so far with the Pirates. I'm not really concerned with the outcome on the stat line from that start. What I'm more focused on is his approach in that start, and what that might tell us to watch going forward.
In the past, the Pirates had their pitchers throwing a lot of fastballs, usually more than 60%, in what has become an out-dated approach. Joe Musgrove came over from the Astros throwing about 50% fastballs, and throwing his off-speed pitches much more often. Soon, Jameson Taillon, Chad Kuhl, and Nick Kingham adopted the same approach in the rotation, while Edgar Santana really benefited from the approac...
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