Richards (6-6) allowed four runs on eight hits and one walk while striking out two over four-plus innings, taking the loss to the Blue Jays in the first game of Wednesday's doubleheader.
Richards surrendered two home runs and was unable to get an out in the fifth before departing. The Blue Jays have been rough on the right-hander, who has a 6.15 ERA in five starts against them. Richards has a 7.43 ERA over his last eight starts. There's no question which current member of Boston's rotation is in danger of losing their spot when Chris Sale (elbow) is ready to return in August. Richard's next turn is scheduled for Tuesday at Detroit.
Richards won't start as scheduled Tuesday against the Blue Jays since the game was postponed due to inclement weather, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca reports.
The contest will be made up via a doubleheader Wednesday, with Richards starting Game 1 while Tanner Houck starts the nightcap, per Chris Cotillo of The Springfield Republican. Richards has a 5.17 ERA, 1.34 WHIP and 11:5 K:BB through three starts (15.2 innings) in July.
Richards (6-5) earned the win over Toronto on Wednesday, pitching 5.2 innings and allowing four runs on four hits and one walk while striking out five.
The right-hander cruised through five innings, allowing only one run on a Vladimir Guerrero Jr. solo shot. He retired the first two batters he faced in the sixth before running into trouble, as a walk followed by back-to-back homers by George Springer and Teoscar Hernandez resulted in his departure from the contest. Nonetheless, Richards pitched well enough to pick up the win, inducing 15 swinging strikes and allowing only four hits (though three left the yard). He lines up to face the Blue Jays again -- this time at home -- early next week.
Richards won't start as scheduled Tuesday against the Blue Jays since the game was postponed due to inclement weather.
Richards was slated to make his first start of the season's second half, but it will be pushed back due to the postponement. According to Julian McWilliams of The Boston Globe, the 33-year-old will take the mound for Wednesday's series finale with the Blue Jays
Richards (5-5) earned the win versus Philadelphia on Friday. He allowed three runs on seven hits and a walk while striking out four in five innings.
Richards hasn't completed six innings since June 1, a span of seven straight starts. He was able to pick up his first win since May 19 with plenty of run support Friday. The right-hander has an uninspiring 4.91 ERA, 1.68 WHIP and 73:43 K:BB through 91.2 innings this season, but his spot in the rotation will likely remain safe at least until early August, which is the earliest expected timeline for Chris Sale (elbow) to return.
Richards did not factor in the decision against Oakland on Saturday, completing five innings and allowing two runs on five hits and three walks while striking out two.
The right-hander didn't overwhelm the A's in the contest -- he induced only six swinging strikes and allowed nine baserunners -- but the start marked the first time since June 1 that Richards allowed fewer than three earned runs in a game. He exited with a one-run lead and a chance to earn a win for the first time since mid-May, but Oakland ultimately came back to pull out the win. Richards has mostly struggled this season, posting a 4.88 ERA and 1.68 WHIP across 17 starts. He's tentatively slated to make his next appearance Friday at home versus Philadelphia.
Richards allowed five runs on 11 hits over 5.2 innings in Monday's win over the Royals. He struck out three and did not factor in the decision.
All five runs against Richards came in the first two innings and they all came on homers, including a three-run shot by Carlos Santana in the first. Over his last four starts, the 33-year-old righty has been slammed with 20 runs (17 earned) over 16.2 innings, bringing his ERA to 4.96. Richards is projected to face the Athletics in Oakland this weekend.
Richards (4-5) allowed five runs (four earned) on three hits, four walks and a hit batsman over 1.2 innings, taking the loss to Tampa Bay on Wednesday.
Richards had little control in his first start since MLB announced it would be cracking down on the use of foreign substances by pitchers. That seemed to be a factor for the right-hander, who voiced his concerns to Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com after the announcement last week. Following Wednesday's loss, he told Cotillo the crackdown "has changed pretty much everything for me. I feel like I need to be a different pitcher than I have been the last nine-and-a-half years." Richards is undergoing a transition in light of the crackdown and must do so on the fly. It's unclear if the adjustment will cost Richards his starting job, but he's next scheduled to pitch Monday at home against Kansas City.
Richards tossed four innings against Atlanta on Wednesday, giving up six runs (four earned) on seven hits and one walk while striking out three. He did not factor in the decision.
Richards surrendered four earned runs for the second straight outing, but he was rescued from a loss in both instances by Boston's offense. Wednesday's start was his poorest since a six-run, two-inning effort in his first appearance of the campaign, as it marked the second time this season he has failed to pitch at least 4.2 frames. Richards has been mostly consistent this season, pitching five or more innings and giving up three or fewer earned runs in nine of his 14 starts. He'll try to rebound from this mediocre performance in his next start, which is expected to come on the road against Tampa Bay next week.
Richards allowed four runs on 11 hits and two walks while striking out three over 5.1 innings in a no-decision Friday against Toronto.
The Blue Jays hit 12 balls at greater than 100 mph exit velocity off Richards, who allowed a season-high 13 baserunners in the contest. The right-hander has not won a game since May 19, a four-start span in which he's given up 29 hits and 12 walks over 22 innings. His next start is scheduled for Wednesday on the road in Atlanta.
Richards didn't factor into the decision during Sunday's 6-5 win over the Yankees, pitching five innings and allowing three runs on eight hits and two walks with six strikeouts.
Richards settled down after an eventful first inning that saw him surrender four hits and two runs to only allow one more run over the next four innings. He departed down 3-1 but Boston mounted a comeback and the game eventually went to extra innings. Richards has now allowed three earned runs or less in five consecutive starts and owns a 3.88 ERA.
Richards (4-4) was tagged with the loss against Houston on Tuesday despite allowing only two runs on four hits and four walks over six innings. He struck out five.
Richards notched his fourth quality start of the campaign in the contest, but Boston's quiet offense saddled the veteran right-hander with the loss. He did issue four walks for the third straight game, but none of those issued free passes came around to score. It's rarely helpful to walk batters, but Richards has managed a reasonable 3.44 ERA over the three-game stretch despite an unattractive 14:12 K:BB. His next start is currently slated to come against the rival Yankees this weekend.
Richards (4-3) was beaten by Atlanta on Tuesday, giving up three runs on six hits and four walks while striking out four over 5.2 innings.
Richards didn't have his best stuff -- 59 strikes among 97 pitches -- but he battled to keep the Red Sox in the game. The issue wasn't Richards; it was Boston's offense. The team had Charlie Morton on the ropes early but failed to take advantage. After Xander Bogaerts' two-out single in the third, the veteran right-hander mowed down the last 13 batters faced and 17-of-18 overall, sticking Boston and Richards with the loss. Richards' next spin through the rotation comes due Monday on the road against Houston.
Richards (4-2) allowed two runs on seven hits and four walks with five strikeouts in 6.2 innings to earn the win Wednesday versus Toronto.
The right-hander gave up an RBI double to Vladimir Guerrero in the first inning and was charged with one of the runs on a two-run blast by Marcus Semien in the seventh. Richards has collected wins in four of his last five starts, and he's given up just eight runs in his last 31.2 innings. For the year, he's posted a 3.72 ERA, 1.47 WHIP and 43:22 K:BB in 48.1 innings. He's still giving up too many baserunners to be considered dominant. The 32-year-old's next start is expected to come next week versus Atlanta.
Richards (3-2) was the winner Thursday, allowing five hits and three walks while striking out four over six scoreless innings in an 8-1 victory over the Athletics.
Boston's bats finally came out to play in the series, staking Richards to a 7-0 lead after three innings. He won his third straight decision and has been quietly dominant over his last four outings. The right-hander sports a 2.16 ERA and 1.16 WHIP with a 26:5 K:BB over that stretch (25 innings). He's in line to start next Wednesday on the road in Dunedin against the Blue Jays.
Richards (2-2) picked up the win Saturday, giving up four runs on eight hits and a walk over seven innings in an 11-6 victory over the Orioles. He struck out five.
The right-hander wasn't at his sharpest, but he got more than enough run support while tossing 64 of 98 pitches for strikes. Richards has lasted seven innings in two of his last three starts, and he'll carry a 4.54 ERA and 34:15 K:BB through 35.2 innings into his next outing.
Richards didn't factor into the decision Sunday against the Rangers. He pitched five innings of one-run ball, allowing four hits and a walk while striking out seven.
Richards endured a slow start to the season but seems to be turning things around, as he has given up one or fewer runs in three of his last four outings and also owns a 23:9 K:BB during that four-game span (21.2 innings). He's slated to take the ball next on the road against the Orioles.
Richards (1-2) picked up the win in Tuesday's 2-1 victory over the Mets, allowing one run on seven hits over seven innings. He struck out 10 without walking a batter.
Aside from a solo shot by Jeff McNeil in the second inning, Richards pummelled the Mets' bats into submission, firing 70 of 93 pitches for strikes in his first quality start of the season. In fact, it was the first time in five trips to the mound he issued fewer than two free passes or struck out more than four batters. The right-hander will carry a 4.94 ERA and 22:13 K:BB through 23.2 innings into his next outing Sunday on the road against the Rangers.
Richards (0-2) took the loss against Toronto on Wednesday, pitching 4.2 innings and allowing four runs on four hits and six walks while striking out two.
Richards gave up only one extra-base hit in the outing, but he was brought down by his own wildness. The right-hander walked six, hit a batter, uncorked a wild pitch and threw only 48 of 92 pitches for strikes. The end result was four earned runs and Richards' second loss. The veteran now has an unappealing 6.48 ERA and 12:13 K:BB over 16.2 innings this season. He'll look to turn things around Sunday at Texas in his next scheduled start, although the Red Sox have an off-day coming up and could skip Richards.
Richards did not factor into the decision during Thursday's loss to the Red Sox after surrendering two (unearned) runs on four hits and a pair of walks while striking out four across five innings.
The only damage of the day came from a two-run single by Luis Arraez in the second inning, but the runs were unearned due to a throwing error by Bobby Dalbec. Otherwise, Richards turned in a decent outing, throwing 56 of his 89 pitches for strikes. The veteran will carry a 6.00 ERA and 1.71 WHIP into his next start Wednesday at home against Toronto.
|Last 7 Games|
|07/28||vs TOR||L 1-4||1||4.0||8||4||1||2|
|07/21||@ TOR||W 7-4||1||5.2||4||4||1||5|
|07/09||vs PHI||W 11-5||1||5.0||7||3||1||4|
|07/03||@ OAK||L 6-7||5.0||5||2||3||2|
|06/28||vs KC||W 6-5||5.2||11||5||0||3|
|06/23||@ TB||L 2-8||1||1.2||3||4||4||0|
|06/16||@ ATL||W 10-8||4.0||7||4||1||3|
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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|