Richards was charged with three runs on four hits with three walks and three strikeouts over 3.2 innings Wednesday. He didn't factor into the decision in an extra-inning loss to the White Sox. Richards breezed through the first three innings, but he failed to escape the fourth after allowing five batters to reach base and three to cross home plate before getting an early hook. It was a sour end to the 29-year-old's season after he posted a 1.69 ERA over his previous three starts since returning from the 60-day DL. Richards bypassed Tommy John surgery following a UCL tear that limited him to six starts in 2016, opting to go with an unorthodox treatment using stem cells. While he made the same number of appearances this year, his lengthy absence was due to a biceps injury, ruling out what would have been another disastrous elbow issue. Richards should be considered an injury risk at this point of his career, but if he can return at full strength following an offseason of rest, the hard-throwing righty would regain fantasy appeal thanks to his previous success on the mound.
Richards pitched six scoreless innings with just a single hit and walk allowed while striking out six batters during Friday's loss to Houston. He didn't factor in the decision. Richards has now allowed just four runs over 19.1 innings through four starts since returning from a five-month stint on the disabled list, and he now sports a 1.50 ERA, 0.75 WHIP and 9.0 K/9 for the season. A road date with the White Sox projects to be Richards' final start of the regular season, which is a nice matchup to post another strong fantasy showing.
Richards (0-2) took the loss Sunday, allowing two earned runs on two hits across five innings to the Rangers, who won 4-2. He also walked one and struck out seven. Richards remains winless this season -- although he's only made four starts thanks to long-term injury issues. He's only allowed four earned runs and two walks across his three September outings (while also striking out 14), so he might be worth plugging into your lineup for one of his last few starts of 2017.
Richards (0-1) suffered a loss Tuesday against the Astros despite allowing just a single run on four hits over five innings. He struck out four without a walk. Thanks to Richards' persistent injury issues, this marks his first decision of any sort since he beat the Royals back on April 25, 2016. The loss is unfortunate, but Richards notably lasted much longer in this game than he did in his first start off the DL (3.1 innings), and he's looked effective both times out. As long as his arm holds up, Richards could offer fantasy owners a few more effective starts down the stretch.
Richards (biceps) didn't factor into the decision in his return from the 60-day disabled list Tuesday, holding Oakland to one run on four hits with one walk and three strikeouts in 3.1 innings. Richards was limited to 52 pitches for precautionary reasons following an extended layoff. A 15-game winner in 2015, the righty could have some late-season value once he works his way back up to a full workload. He should take another step in that direction next Tuesday against the Astros.
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