Angels pitcher Garrett Richards will start Sunday against the Rangers, MLB.com's Phil Rogers reports. The Angels made a miraculous comeback Saturday, so Sunday's game will decide whether the two teams will need to play a 163rd game to decide the division. Cole Hamels will start for the Rangers.
Angels starter Garrett Richards (14-11) surrendered five hits, two earned runs and four walks in 8 2/3 innings in a 5-2 victory over the Twins. He struck out seven. Richards turned in a gutsy performance in a key game for the AL wild-card-chasing Angels, throwing a season-high 122 pitches in his second longest outing of the season. It was also the 27-year-old's fourth quality start in his last five appearances. Richards still struggles with his control, as his 3.2 BB/9 rate demonstrates, but is undoubtedly one of the most important components of an Angels pitching staff spearheading the team's postseason push.
Angels starter Garrett Richards helped his team avoid a sweep Wednesday, striking out 11 batters in a no-decision against the Dodgers. It's the second time this season that Richards has struck out 11 batters, the other coming on Aug. 3. Richards went 7 2/3 innings, allowing two runs on four hits. Richards has allowed seven runs over his last three starts, in which he has one win and two no-decisions.
Angels starter Garrett Richards was impressive during his start against the Indians on Saturday. Richards allowed just three runs on seven hits in seven innings. He showed crisp command as he struck out nine batters without allowing a walk in the no-decision. Richards (12-10) now has a 3.80 ERA in 161 innings this season.
Not many pitchers have been able to slow the streaking Blue Jays, and count Angels starter Garrett Richards as one who tried and failed, as he was hit hard in a loss Sunday. Spotted with a 5-1 lead after the first inning, Richards could not hold it, giving up nine runs on 10 hits, including two home runs, in five-plus innings of work. Richards is one of the league's most effective ground ball pitchers, but only got eight in the 29 batters he faced Sunday -- for comparision, he got 18 ground-ball outs against 26 hitters in his last outing on Aug. 18.