Richards (1-4) surrendered six runs on nine hits and one walk while striking out two across 3.1 innings Sunday as he took the loss against the Orioles.
Richards had been solid through his past three outings coming into Sunday's start, allowing four runs across 15.2 innings, but Baltimore jumped on him for two runs in the second, two in the third and two more in the fourth, putting his team in a 6-1 hole. The 25-year-old right-hander has made eight starts thus far in 2018, posting a 5.45 ERA and 1.53 WHIP while allowing opposing hitters to bat .272 against him through 38 innings.
Richards (1-3) earned his first career MLB win against the Giants on Tuesday, giving up one run on only two hits over six innings. He struck out two and walked three.
Richards has managed to last longer than five innings only twice this season, and totaled only five strikeouts across 13 innings in said starts. The 17 walks in 34.2 innings this season remain problematic for the 25-year-old, but he's managed to put together some quality outings when keeping his pitch count under control. Richards has a 4.41 ERA and 1.38 WHIP with 30 strikeouts in seven starts, and is lined up for a solid matchup at Baltimore on Sunday.
Richards (0-3) allowed three runs in five innings, striking out four and yielding seven hits in a 4-1 loss to St. Louis on Thursday.
Richards was called up to start for the first time since April but didn't do much to impress. He gave up a two-run homer off the bat of Jose Martinez in the first inning and his team didn't do him any favors on the offensive side. The rookie right-hander owns a 5.02 ERA in 28.2 innings with 14 walks and 28 strikeouts. If he stays on the MLB roster, Richards should take the ball next week against the Giants.
Richards will be recalled from Triple-A New Orleans on Thursday to start against the Cardinals, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports.
Richards will take the rotation spot of Elieser Hernandez, who is expected to shift to the bullpen after allowing five runs on five hits -- including a trio of homers -- in just three innings during his most recent start. The 25-year-old Richards owns a sharp 2.06 ERA and 0.89 WHIP across six starts (39.1 innings) with the Baby Cakes this season. He produced mixed results through five starts with the big club earlier in the season, compiling a 4.94 ERA and 24:14 K:BB across 23.2 innings of work.
Richards was optioned to Triple-A New Orleans on Friday, Andre Fernandez of the Miami Herald reports.
The 24-year-old has been in the Miami rotation for five starts this season, but he's produced mixed results. On one hand, he continues to display strong strikeout numbers as his 24 whiffs in 23.2 innings pitched shows. However, his ERA still sits at a 4.94 mark due in part to a 5.3 BB/9 and a 1.1 HR/9. Richards will head to the minors for a bit more development, though it wouldn't be surprising to see him back in the big leagues if another injury strikes the Marlins' rotation. Martin Prado was activated from the disabled list in a corresponding move.
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