Padres manager Jayce Tingler suggested Wednesday that Richards will remain in the bullpen regardless of the status of injured starter Mike Clevinger (biceps), Jeff Sanders of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
Clevinger was pulled due to a recurrence of biceps tightness after only one inning Wednesday, putting his postseason availability in doubt and potentially opening up a spot in the rotation. Despite the possible need for a replacement starter, Tingler suggested that the team's plan for Richards to pitch out of the bullpen will remain unchanged. The comment is somewhat surprising given Richards' general effectiveness as a starter this season; he gave up three earned runs or fewer in seven of his 10 starts.
Richards will work out of the bullpen for the final stretch of the regular season, Jeff Sanders of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
The right-hander worked as a reliever during Wednesday's loss to the Dodgers, allowing a solo homer with one strikeout and one walk over one inning. The Padres have three scheduled off days over the final 11 days of the season, so the team won't require a fifth starter until the playoffs. Richards could rejoin the rotation during the final weekend series, depending how the Friars want to structure the rotation entering the playoffs.
Richards allowed a run on two hits and two walks and struck out three over 4.1 innings in Game 2 of Sunday's doubleheader versus the Giants. He did not factor in the decision.
Richards allowed an RBI dounle to Mike Yastrzemski in the second inning, but that was the only damage on his line. Unfortunately, the Padres' offense didn't produce enough to put Richards in position for a win. The 32-year-old lowered his ERA to 4.27 with a 1.29 WHIP and 41 strikeouts in 46.1 innings this season. Richards is expected to face the Mariners on Saturday in his next start.
Richards will start Game 2 of Sunday's doubleheader against the Giants.
The 32-year-old was originally slated to start Friday's contest, but the first two games of the series were postponed after the Giants produced a positive test for COVID-19, which has since been determined to have been a false positive. Mike Clevinger will start the matinee for the Friars.
Richards' start scheduled for Friday was postponed after a player for the Giants tested positive for COVID-19.
Friday's game was called off just before the first pitch due to the positive COVID-19 test. Contact tracing hasn't been done yet, and it's unclear how the postponement will impact the Padres' schedule going forward.
Richards (2-2) allowed three runs on seven hits and struck out nine in seven innings in Sunday's win over the Athletics.
Richards had allowed a combined seven runs over 6.1 innings in his last three starts, but he was able to quiet the Athletics' bats quite well Sunday. Only two of the seven hits he allowed went for extra bases, including Sean Murphy's seventh-inning solo shot. Richards now has a 4.50 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and 38 strikeouts across 42 innings this season. The 32-year-old's next turn on the mound is expected to be Friday versus the Giants.
Richards didn't factor into the decision in Monday's game between the Padres and the Rockies. He tossed 3.2 scoreless innings, allowing one hit and striking out four.
Richards was coming off back-to-back short outings and, while he was able to pitch into the fourth in this one, he left the contest still one out away from completing four innings. This was a bounce-back performance from the veteran, who was coming off a disastrous outing against the Mariners -- six runs in two-thirds of an inning -- his last time out.
Richards will start Monday's game against the Rockies, Jeff Sanders of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
Richards has had back-to-back short starts, with his most recent outing coming Thursday against the Mariners. During that appearance, he gave up six runs on four hits and two walks while striking out zero over two-thirds of an inning as he was charged with the loss. The brevity of Richards' recent appearances will allow him to start Monday at Coors Field on short rest as he attempts to turn things around.
Richards (1-2) took the loss in Game 2 of Thursday's doubleheader against Seattle, pitching two-thirds of an inning and allowing six runs on four hits and two walks.
Richards struggled with both his control and command in the contest, throwing only 17 of 33 pitches for strikes and getting knocked around for a pair of home runs. It was the second short start in row for the right-hander, who lasted only two innings in his previous outing while also struggling to locate pitches in the strike zone. Richards will try to turn things around when he faces the Angels in a road tilt Thursday.
Richards allowed a run on four hits and three walks while striking out four in two innings versus the Astros on Friday. He did not factor in the decision.
Richards needed 64 pitches (36 strikes) to complete just the pair of innings. A Carlos Correa RBI single was the only damage on his line. Richards now has a 3.52 ERA, 1.37 WHIP and 25 strikeouts through 30.2 innings. He'll look to last a bit longer in his next start, currently scheduled for Thursday versus the Mariners.
Richards allowed two runs on six hits and two walks across seven innings Sunday, striking out two in the loss to Arizona. He did not factor in the decision.
Aside from a two-run homer by Kole Calhoun in the third inning, Richards kept the Arizona offense pretty silent. He left the game in line for the victory but unfortunately, the bullpen gave the game away. In his last two starts, Richards has lowered his ERA from 4.60 to 3.45. He'll face the Astros at home Friday.
Richards (1-1) pitched six innings against the Dodgers on Tuesday, allowing one run on six hits and two walks while striking out three to pick up the win.
Richards yielded a run in the second inning but little else as he limited Los Angeles to eight baserunners in his six frames. The right-hander threw 59 of 86 pitches for strikes and got ahead of 16 of the 23 batters he faced. Both the win and the quality start were firsts this season for Richards, who has posted a 3.74 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 19:7 K:BB through his first four starts. Richards is projected to make his next appearance on the road against Arizona on Sunday.
Richards will make his next start Tuesday against the Dodgers, Dennis Lin of The Athletic reports.
Richards was initially lined up to start Monday's series opener on his normal four days' rest, but Padres manager Jayce Tingler opted to give the right-hander an extra day of recovery. Luis Perdomo will move from the bullpen and make Monday's start, but the change won't dramatically alter Richards' fantasy outlook. The 32-year-old will still line up for a two-start week, with his second turn coming Sunday in Arizona.
Richards (0-1) was tagged with the loss Wednesday against the Dodgers. He gave up four runs on five hits and one walk while fanning four across five innings.
Richards has given up four runs in back-to-back starts and is yet to complete six full innings in any of his three outings this season. He will try to accomplish that in his next start, scheduled for Aug. 11 against the Dodgers once again, although that outing will come at Dodger Stadium.
Richards didn't factor into the decision in Friday's contest between the Rockies and the Padres. He allowed four runs on eight hits and one walk while fanning six across 5.2 innings.
Richards has racked up 12 strikeouts in his first two starts but hasn't yet earned a win. Friday's effort against the Rockies was a step back compared to what he did in his season debut, when he tossed five scoreless innings against the Diamondbacks. His next scheduled start is also tough -- he will face the Dodgers at home next Wednesday.
Richards pitched five scoreless innings, allowing just one hit and three walks while striking out six in a no-decision versus the Diamondbacks on Sunday.
Fully healthy for the first time since 2018, Richards had a strong start to the 2020 campaign despite not factoring into the result. The right-hander has battled injuries frequently since 2016, but a career 3.60 ERA indicates Richards can be a productive No. 3 starter for the Padres. His next turn on the mound comes Friday in Colorado.
Richards took the loss in Monday's exhibition game against the Angels, hurling 4.2 innings and allowing one unearned run on five hits and one walk while striking out five.
Richards' own first-inning error led to the only run of the game, but the right-hander was otherwise sharp against his former team. The 32-year-old should pitch without limitations this season and is scheduled to make his first start Sunday at home against Arizona.
Richards is unlikely to have limitations on his workload during the truncated 2020 campaign, Jeff Sanders of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
Richards hurled only 8.2 major-league frames last season after undergoing Tommy John surgery in July 2018. However, the shortening of the regular season to 60 games effectively renders any need for an innings limitation unnecessary. Richards will look to get his career back on track in the middle of the Padres' starting rotation, but durability concerns remain -- the 32-year-old has not surpassed 100 big-league innings since the 2015 campaign.
Richards maintained full health throughout spring training, Bill Center of FriarWire reports.
Richards pitched only three big-league innings last season following a lengthy recovery from Tommy John surgery. However, he is expected to fill a key role in the middle of San Diego's rotation this season as long as his arm holds up. All signs have been positive thus far; Richards' fastball hit the mid-90s in Cactus League play and "the bite was back to his lethal slider," per Center. The right-hander's spring numbers also give the Padres reason to be excited -- he held opponents scoreless over 5.1 innings while posting a 6:1 K:BB.
Richards hurled 3.1 innings in a Cactus League start against the Dodgers on Monday, allowing one unearned run on four hits and one walk while striking out four.
Richards has now hurled 5.1 frames this spring without allowing an earned run. He has also struck out six batters while touching the upper-90s with his fastball. Though he has dealt with numerous injuries during his career, Richards has a solid track record of success in the majors and could challenge for the role of staff ace if he is able to stay healthy.
|Last 7 Games|
|10/08||vs LAD||L 3-12||0.2||0||0||0||2|
|10/06||@ LAD||L 1-5||1||0.2||1||2||2||1|
|10/01||vs STL||W 11-9||0.1||0||0||0||0|
|09/30||vs STL||L 4-7||1.0||0||0||0||1|
|09/26||@ SF||W 6-2||2.0||1||0||0||3|
|09/22||vs LAA||L 2-4||1.0||0||0||0||0|
|09/19||@ SEA||L 1-4||1.0||1||0||0||1|
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|Minor League Pitching Stats|
|2010||AFA-Rancho Cucamonga Qua||34.0||7||7||0||4||1||0||41||9||38||3.97||1.382|
|2010||AFX-Cedar Rapids Kernels||108.0||19||19||2||8||4||0||108||34||92||3.42||1.167|
|2012||AAA-Salt Lake Bees||77.0||14||14||0||7||3||0||65||35||87||4.21||1.584|
|2015||AAA-Salt Lake Bees||5.0||1||1||0||0||1||0||5||4||7||9.00||2.200|
|2017||AAA-Salt Lake Bees||2.0||1||1||0||0||0||0||2||0||5||0.00||2.500|
|2018||AFA-Inland Empire 66ers||3.1||1||1||0||0||1||0||4||0||7||14.52||2.258|
|2019||ROK-AZL Padres 1||2.0||1||1||0||0||0||0||3||0||2||4.50||1.000|
|2019||ROK-AZL Padres 2||0.2||1||1||0||0||0||0||2||3||2||180.00||25.000|
|2019||AFA-Lake Elsinore Storm||6.2||3||3||0||0||1||0||8||8||8||8.71||2.581|