Richards (2-0) allowed a hit and two walks and struck out one in a scoreless inning to earn the win Saturday over Colorado.
Richards kept Milwaukee within a run despite the shaky eighth inning, and Willy Adames' two-run shot in the ninth put the right-hander in line for the win. Richards has been strong in June with no runs allowed in nine innings. For the year, he has a 3.51 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and 32:8 K:BB across 25.2 innings, mainly in a middle-relief role.
Richards (1-0) allowed a hit and a walk while striking out four over two scoreless innings to earn the win Saturday versus Pittsburgh.
Richards has now logged five scoreless innings across four appearances in June. He got off to a rocky start after he was traded from Tampa Bay to Milwaukee. The right-hander has a 4.15 ERA, 0.97 WHIP and 28:4 K:BB across 21.2 innings this season. He remains an option in the middle innings for Milwaukee.
Richards and Willy Adames were acquired by the Brewers from the Rays on Friday in exchange for J.P. Feyereisen and Drew Rasmussen, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports.
The right-hander has a 4.50 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 16:3 K:BB through 12 innings this season and should join his new team sometime this weekend. Feyereisen and Rasmussen both saw significant work for the Brewers, so Richards should step into a sizable hole in the bullpen.
The Rays recalled Richards from Triple-A Durham on Wednesday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
The right-hander will move up to the big club for the second time this season after posting a 4.91 ERA and 1.09 WHIP over five appearances in his first stint with the Rays. After previously working as a swingman for the Rays in 2020, Richards appears to have transitioned into a full-time relief role. He worked no more than 1.1 innings in any of his five appearances with Durham prior to Wednesday's call-up.
Richards was optioned to Triple-A Durham on Saturday, Neil Solondz of the Rays Radio Network reports.
Richards has made five major-league appearances to begin the season and posted a 4.91 ERA and 1.09 WHIP in 11 innings. However, he'll now be removed from the big-league roster as part of a shuffle to make room for Rich Hill (illness) and Cody Reed (thumb), who were activated from the injured list Saturday.
Richards was credited with his first hold in a win over the Athletics on Tuesday, firing a scoreless eighth inning during which he allowed no hits and one walk.
Richards was highly efficient in his setup role behind Diego Castillo, needing only 13 pitches to get his three outs. The 27-year-old has improved after a pair of uneven appearances to start the season, rebounding from allowing a pair of earned runs apiece in each of his first two trips to the mound to giving up just one earned run over the four innings covering his last pair of outings.
Richards was credited with a save against the Royals on Tuesday, pitching three innings and allowing one run on one hit while striking out four.
Richards entered the high-scoring contest in the seventh inning with Tampa Bay staked to a five-run lead. He gave up a run in that frame but retired the final seven batters he faced to log his first career save. Richards has allowed five earned runs over eight innings so far this season, but he's given up only six hits while posting a 10:1 K:BB.
Richards, recalled by the Rays on Monday, allowed two earned runs on three hits, a walk and a wild pitch over three innings in a loss to the Rangers on Tuesday. He struck out three.
Ryan Yarbrough threw 93 pitches over six difficult frames, and Richards was therefore called upon in his role as swingman to eat up some innings. The right-hander struggled to a career-worst 5.91 ERA and 1.72 WHIP across nine appearances (four starts) in 2020, so Tuesday's uneven outing wasn't exactly the most encouraging start to his new season.
Richards was recalled by the Rays on Monday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Richards was sent to Triple-A Durham prior to Opening Day after he allowed eight runs in 7.1 innings this spring. Richards has experience as a starter and long reliever in the majors, and he could fill in as a member of the rotation after Chris Archer (forearm) was placed on the 10-day injured list Saturday.
Richards was optioned to Triple-A Durham on Sunday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
The 27-year-old surrendered eight runs with an 8:0 K:BB over 7.1 innings during spring training and was unable to earn a spot on the Opening Day roster. Richards could work as a spot starter or multi-inning reliever if promoted by the Rays this season.
Richards, who allowed two earned runs on two hits over two innings but recorded four strikeouts in a Grapefruit League loss to the Red Sox on Friday, projects for multiple roles in 2021, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports. "Richie's done well this spring," Cash said. "[Rays pitching coach] Kyle [Snyder] is very excited [about] where he's at and how he can help us in multiple ways."
The 27-year-old swingman had his share of struggles in 2020, pitching to a bloated 5.91 ERA and 1.72 WHIP across nine appearances (four starts). However, Richards had shown some promise in 2019 in the form of a 1.93 ERA across 23.1 innings after arriving from the Marlins via trade, and despite Richards surrendering a pair of earned runs in each of his first two spring outings, the Rays seem to be high on his versatility.
The Rays optioned Richards to their taxi squad Sunday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
He'll be replaced on the active roster by Josh Fleming, as the Rays evidently wanted another southpaw available out of the bullpen to counter the Astros' left-handed hitters in the ALCS, which begins Sunday. Richards didn't make an appearance during the Rays' recent five-game ALDS matchup with the Yankees.
Richards will be on the Rays' roster for the remainder of the NL Division Series against the Yankees, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Richards replaces Oliver Drake, who landed on the injured list with a flexor strain. He'll presumably fill a lower-leverage role given that he wasn't originally on the roster and struggled to a 5.91 ERA in 32 innings during the regular season.
The Rays optioned Richards to their alternate training site Friday.
Tampa Bay needed to reduce its active roster to 28 men ahead of the weekend, so Richards was sent packing after he served as the 29th man during Thursday's doubleheader with the Orioles. He started the second game of the twin bill, taking a no-decision while working 3.1 innings and giving up four runs on five hits and two walks.
Richards took a no-decision during Thursday's win over the Orioles, allowing four runs on five hits and a pair of walks while striking out four across 3.1 innings.
Richards, who was recalled from the team's alternate training site ahead of Thursday's start, struggled in the second half of Thursday's twin bill. After giving up a pair of home runs and an RBI double, the 27-year-old was lifted after 3.1 innings. The short performance was typical for Richards, who has failed to complete five innings in any of his nine appearances. Overall this season, the right-hander holds a 5.91 ERA and 1.72 WHIP across 32 innings.
Richards is starting Game 2 of Thursday's doubleheader against the Orioles, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Richards was recalled from the team's alternate training site earlier in the day, and as expected, the right-hander will toe the rubber for Game 2. He's appeared in eight games this season and owns a 5.34 ERA and 1.67 WHIP with 23 punchouts over 28.2 innings.
Richards was recalled from the alternate training site for Thursday's doubleheader against the Orioles and is likely to start or serve as the primary pitcher in Game 2, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
The team won't make any plans official until the completion of the matinee, but as of now Richards is expected to see the bulk of the innings during Game 2. The 27-year-old has a 5.34 ERA, 1.67 WHIP and 23:9 K:BB through 28.2 innings this season.
Richards is a strong candidate to be the 29th man and potentially start Game 2 of Thursday's doubleheader against the Orioles, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
He is with the big-league team Wednesday and thus is a safe bet to be called up as the 29th man Thursday. The Rays are listing the Game 2 starter as TBD, so it could be Richards or he could follow an opener. He has a 5.34 ERA, 1.67 WHIP and 23 strikeouts in 28.2 innings this year and has not logged more than 4.2 innings in any of his eight outings.
Richards was optioned to the Rays' alternate site Monday to make room on the active roster for Ryan Yarbrough (groin), Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
Yarbrough will be activated from the 10-day injured list ahead of Tuesday's game in Washington, replacing Richards in the rotation. Though Richards will lose out on his roster and rotation spot, he could rejoin the Rays in a starting role as soon as Sept. 17, when he would likely pitch one half of a doubleheader with the Orioles.
Richards didn't factor into the decision in Tuesday's 5-3 loss to the Yankees, allowing two runs on five hits over 4.2 innings. He struck out five.
A pair of solo shots by DJ LeMahieu accounted for all the damage off the right-hander. It was Richards' longest outing of the season so far, as he threw 64 pitches (46 strikes) before giving way to the bullpen. He now has a 4.05 ERA, 1.50 WHIP and 11:5 K:BB through 13.1 innings in his three starts. He'll look to last long enough to qualify for his first win of the year in his next trip to the mound Monday, on the road against the Nationals.
|Last 7 Games|
|06/21||@ ARI||L 1-5||1.2||1||0||2||3|
|06/19||@ COL||W 6-5||1||1.0||1||0||2||1|
|06/18||@ COL||L 5-6||1.0||0||0||0||1|
|06/16||vs CIN||L 1-2||2.0||1||0||2||2|
|06/12||vs PIT||W 7-4||1||2.0||1||0||1||4|
|06/10||@ CIN||W 7-2||1.0||0||0||0||3|
|06/04||vs ARI||W 5-1||1.0||0||0||0||0|
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|Minor League Pitching Stats|
|2018||AAA-New Orleans Baby Cak||39.1||6||6||0||3||2||0||37||4||31||2.07||0.895|