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Garrett Richards | Starting Pitcher

Team: Los Angeles Angels
Age / DOB:  (27) / 5/27/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 210
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Garrett Richards lasted 6 2/3 innings and allowed five runs -- three earned -- on eight hits in a loss Wednesday to the Padres.
He whiffed six and issued two free passes. Richards (3.12 ERA) still doesn't look like the pitcher he was prior to tearing the patellar tendon in his left knee last August, but he's given us encouraging signs. Perhaps the biggest was the quick return of his high-octane velocity. Richards has struggled with his command. He's walked fewer than two batters in just one of eight starts. May 28 - 1:06 AM

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Garrett Richards allowed a season-high five runs over six-plus innings in Friday's 12-5 win over the Red Sox.

Back in the place where he tore the patellar tendon in his left knee last August, Richards wasn't particularly sharp, as he gave up nine hits and two walks while hitting a batter. He was pulled with the bases loaded in the seventh inning. Fortunately for him, he got plenty of run support. Oddly, Richards struck out just one of the 29 batters he faced Friday. He hasn't exactly looked like the ace he was prior to his knee surgery, but he still owns a quality 2.98 ERA through his first seven starts this season.
May 23 - 12:16 AM

Garrett Richards took a tough-luck loss on Sunday, yielding two runs over 7 2/3 innings to the Orioles.

Richards allowed only one run through six innings, which came about on a wild pitch in the fourth inning. He started the eighth inning and got two quick outs before serving up a single to Manny Machado, forcing his exit. Mike Morin came in and allowed his inherited runner to score on a two-run Adam Jones double. Richards gave up five hits and a walk while striking out seven. Richards seems to get stronger and stronger with every start, now carrying a 2.29 ERA with a 1.02 WHIP, and a 36/17 K/BB ratio in 39 1/3 innings. He'll match up against the Red Sox in Boston his next time out.
May 17 - 4:05 PM

Garrett Richards fanned 10 and allowed just one run on one hit over 6 2/3 innings in Sunday's 3-1 win over the Astros.

Richards carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning before Jason Castro managed a single. His stuff was moving all over the place, as he walked four in addition to the 10 strikeouts. To that point, the only run the Astros scored came when Richards plunked Preston Tucker with the bases loaded in that same seventh. Over 31 2/3 innings (Richards didn't make his first start until April 19), the pitcher holds a 29/16 K/BB ratio and has pitched to a 2.27 ERA and 1.07 WHIP. A road start against the Orioles is up next for the 25-year-old right-hander.
May 10 - 6:30 PM

Garrett Richards pitched well, giving up only one run in seven innings, but took a no-decision in Tuesday's loss to the Mariners.

Richards left the game in line for the win, but the bullpen could not secure it for him. The right-hander allowed five hits and two walks while striking out five. The Mariners plated their only run against him in the second inning when Mike Zunino hit a single to center field. Richards now has a 2.52 ERA, a 1.16 WHIP, and a 19/12 K/BB ratio in 25 innings. He has gotten better and better since making his 2015 debut on April 19. He'll look to keep it going in Sunday's home start against the first-place Astros.
May 6 - 1:03 AM

Garrett Richards picked up his second victory of the season on Thursday, allowing just one run on four hits over six-plus strong innings against the Athletics.

Richards racked up five strikeouts on the afternoon, though he did issue three free passes. The only run charged to him on the day rode home on a Mark Canha two-run homer after Richards departed in the seventh inning. He's been good through his first three starts, posting a 3.00 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 14/10 K/BB ratio across 18 innings. He'll look to carry over this strong effort when he takes on the Mariners at home on Tuesday.
Apr 30 - 7:21 PM

Garrett Richards pitched seven innings of two-run ball Friday in defeating the Rangers.

Richards allowed just three hits, though that's pretty much what the Rangers average a game anyway. Still, his comeback from last year's knee injury is off to a nice start, and he remains a fine choice in mixed leagues with the A's next on the schedule.
Apr 25 - 1:23 AM

Garrett Richards lasted five innings and allowed four runs (three earned) on five hits in his first start of the season.

Richards tore the patella tendon in his left knee last August. He did not pitch in spring training. The time off showed, particularly in terms of control. Of his 100 pitches, only 60 went for strikes. This led to four walks. He also uncorked a run-scoring wild pitch in the fifth inning. Prior to the injury last season, Richards was throwing up a career year with a 2.61 ERA and 1.038 WHIP over 168 2/3 innings. It might take him a few starts to shake off the long layoff. He'll next take the mound against the Rangers.
Apr 19 - 6:47 PM

Angels activated RHP Garrett Richards from the 15-day disabled list.

Richards will make his season debut on Sunday in Houston after successfully rehabbing a torn patella tendon in his left knee. The right-hander wasn't great in his lone official rehab start, allowing five runs on seven hits and four walks while striking out five over five innings. Still, he's facing an Astros squad that swings and misses a lot, so we wouldn't blame fantasy owners for throwing him out there right away.
Apr 19 - 9:15 AM

As expected, Garrett Richards (knee) will start Sunday afternoon against the Astros.

Richards tore his left patellar tendon last August. It's a welcome return, as the Angels' rotation entered Saturday with the fifth-highest ERA in the American League. Richards enjoyed a breakout season last year, compiling a 13-4 record, 2.61 ERA, and 1.04 WHIP over 26 starts. Expect more of the same in 2015.
Apr 18 - 5:13 PM

Garrett Richards (knee) is expected to make his season debut on Sunday against the Astros.

That's assuming he feels fine after his rehab start Tuesday at Triple-A Salt Lake when he gave up five runs on seven hits and four walks while striking out five over five innings. The Angels want to keep Richards on his normal four days of rest routine, which means Matt Shoemaker would be pushed back to Monday. Richards threw 91 pitches Tuesday, so he doesn't figure to be too limited from a pitch count perspective Sunday.
Apr 15 - 10:57 AM

Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Monday that Garrett Richards (knee) could "possibly" rejoin the rotation after his rehab start Tuesday.

Scioscia doesn't want to commit to it yet just in case something happens to Richards Tuesday, but all signs point to him rejoining the rotation early next week. Richards struck out 12 batters over seven innings in a simulated game last Thursday.
Apr 13 - 6:36 PM

Angels manager Mike Scioscia confirmed Friday that Garrett Richards would make at least one more minor league rehab start before rejoining the Angels rotation.

Richards struck out 12 batters over seven innings in a simulated game on Thursday and appears to be making quick work in his recovery from knee surgery. He'll start for Triple-A Salt Lake on Tuesday, and if all goes well could be cleared to rejoin the Halos shortly after.
Apr 10 - 7:43 PM

Garrett Richards (knee) allowed two runs over seven innings Thursday in a minor league intrasquad game.

Richards, who is making his way back from knee surgery, gave up four hits and three walks while striking out 12 batters. He throw a total of 96 pitches. The expectation is that he will begin a minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Salt Lake on Tuesday. He should rejoin the Angels' rotation later this month.
Apr 9 - 5:08 PM

Angels placed RHP Garrett Richards on the 15-day disabled list with a left knee injury.

Richards has thrown well in two minor league games and is on track to join the Angels' rotation sometime in late April. The 26-year-old right-hander posted a terrific 2.61 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, and 164/51 K/BB ratio in 168 2/3 innings last season before tearing the patellar tendon in his left knee in an August start at Fenway Park.
Apr 5 - 11:38 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Chris Iannetta
2Carlos Perez
1B1Albert Pujols
2B1Johnny Giavotella
2Taylor Featherston
SS1Erick Aybar
3B1David Freese
LF1Matt Joyce
2Kirk Nieuwenhuis
CF1Mike Trout
RF1Kole Calhoun
2Collin Cowgill
DH1Grant Green
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Jered Weaver
2C.J. Wilson
3Hector Santiago
4Matt Shoemaker
5Garrett Richards
6Tyler Skaggs
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Huston Street
2Joe Smith
3Mike Morin
4Fernando Salas
5Cory Rasmus
6Cesar Ramos
7Vinnie Pestano
8Cam Bedrosian