Garrett Richards lost some appeal on Draft Day 2015, as his date of return from knee surgery was uncertain. He was back in the Angels' rotation by the second weekend of the season, and he wound up giving his team and Fantasy owners 207 1/3 innings. The quality of those innings weren't as good as the ones he provided in 2014, as Richards got fewer strikeouts and allowed more home runs, leading to a 3.65 ERA and 1.24 WHIP. Richards may or may not revert back to being a strikeout pitcher, but owners can be confident that he can limit hard contact. That alone makes Richards a top 40 starting pitcher.
Richards and the Angels have agreed to a one-year, $6.425 million contract Thursday, avoiding arbitration, Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com reports. Richards didn't compete for the AL Cy Young Award like he did in 2014, but his performance warranted a nice pay day nonetheless. Richards finished the season with a 15-12 record, a 3.65 ERA, and a 1.24 WHIP and will be a front-line starter for the Angels once again in 2016.
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.