Twice this season, Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Chris Archer has struck out 12 batters in a single game—first on Opening Day, and more recently on Monday night, when the Rays beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-4. The All-Star pitcher now leads the American League in strikeouts with 88, and while his record on the season is 4-7, the Rays are hot right now and are carrying a 4-game win streak.
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Archer says a big part of his success is the pitch he’s mastered: the slider. Last year, Major League managers rated Archer’s slider best in the AL, according to Baseball America.
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In the video above, Archer gives advice to pitchers on how to master their own pitch. Check out Archer’s 12 strikeouts against the Diamondbacks in the video below. You can hear the broadcasters heap praise on his slider.