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43 Garrett Richards SP
Height/Weight: 6-3/210 | Birthdate: 5/27/1988 | Birthplace: Riverside, CA | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Los Angeles | College: None | MLB Experience: 5 | Salary: $495,000 | Owned/Started%: 96/67 | Average Draft Position: 100.04
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Angels SP Garrett Richards strikes out nine in no-decision


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(8/29/2015) Angels starter Garrett Richards was impressive during his start against the Indians on Saturday.

Richards allowed just three runs on seven hits in seven innings. He showed crisp command as he struck out nine batters without allowing a walk in the no-decision.

Richards (12-10) now has a 3.80 ERA in 161 innings this season. 


Angels SP Garrett Richards rocked in romp


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(8/23/2015) Not many pitchers have been able to slow the streaking Blue Jays, and count Angels starter Garrett Richards as one who tried and failed, as he was hit hard in a loss Sunday. 

Spotted with a 5-1 lead after the first inning, Richards could not hold it, giving up nine runs on 10 hits, including two home runs, in five-plus innings of work. 

Richards is one of the league's most effective ground ball pitchers, but only got eight in the 29 batters he faced Sunday -- for comparision, he got 18 ground-ball outs against 26 hitters in his last outing on Aug. 18. 


Angels SP Garrett Richards earns 12th win of season Tuesday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(8/19/2015) Angels pitcher Garrett Richards earned a quality start and his 12th win of the season during Tuesday's 5-3 win over the White Sox.

Richards allowed three runs (two earned) on eight hits over seven innings of work. He also struck out four and did not walk a batter during the outing.

Richards is now 12-9 with a 3.50 ERA. He has received a quality start in his last three outings.


Angels' Garrett Richards takes no-decision vs. Royals on Thursday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(8/14/2015) Angels right-hander Garrett Richards posted a quality start on Thursday, but he did not earn a win in his outing against the Royals. Richards allowed three runs on eight hits over six innings. He walked two and struck out four, throwing 70 of his 104 pitches for strikes.

Richards gave up a run in the bottom of the first, and then settled in over the next four frames. But he proceeded to allowed two more runs to score in the sixth. Fortunately for him, the Angels were able to rally late in the game, leaving Richards with a no-decision.

Richards has now given up at least three runs in each of his past five starts. His ERA has gone from 3.25 to 3.55 over that stretch.


Angels SP Garrett Richards receives loss in Saturday's start


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(8/9/2015) Despite producing a quality start during Saturday's contest, Angels pitcher Garrett Richards was on the losing end of the 5-0 loss to the Orioles.

Richards allowed three runs on seven hits over six innings of work. He struck out seven and walked one. His biggest mistake was giving up a solo home run to Manny Machado in the fifth inning. He is now 11-9 with a 3.51 ERA.

Richards has earned a quality start in three of his last five starts and is 1-3 in his last four outings.


Angels SP Garrett Richards fans 11 in Monday's win


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(8/4/2015) Angels pitcher Garrett Richards struck out a season-high 11 batters during Monday's 5-4 win over the Indians.

Richards allowed four runs on four hits over 7 1/3 innings. He also walked three. His biggest mistake was giving up a two-run home to Yan Gomes in the first inning.

He received his 11th win of the season for his effort to break his two-game losing streak. Richards has earned a quality start in two of his last four outings.


Angels SP Garrett Richards labors through loss


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(7/29/2015) Angels starter Garrett Richards started strong but had the wheels fall off in the middle innings of a 6-3 loss to the Astros on Wednesday. 

Richards appeared in control through the first four innings, not allowing a hit, but in the fifth, the Astros broke through and Richards began to falter. He would finish the night allowing four runs on seven hits, including two home runs. 

Richards (10-8) has now lost three of his last four starts. 


Angels set rotation for series in Houston


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(7/26/2015) The Angels will turn to pitcher C.J. Wilson to start Tuesday's series opener at Houston, reports MLB.com.

With the team given the day off Monday, pitcher Matt Shoemaker will have his scheduled start skipped in order to start Garrett Richards on Wednesday and Hector Santiago on Thursday.


Angels SP Garrett Richards pitches well Thursday, but takes loss


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(7/23/2015) Despite producing a quality start during Thursday's game against the Twins, Angels pitcher Garrett Richards was on the losing end of the 3-0 contest.

Richards allowed three runs on four hits over eight innings of work. He also struck out five and walked three. His lone mistake was giving up a three-run home run to Trevor Plouffe in the fourth inning.

"It’s one of those days," said Richards, per The Orange County Register. "I feel good about where my delivery is right now, the way I’m throwing the ball. We have a good club in here, and I know it’s not going to be like that every day."

Richards is now 10-7 with a 3.25 ERA. He has earned a quality start in seven of his last eight outings.


Angels SP Garrett Richards tosses two-hit shutout on Saturday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/18/2015) Angels starter Garrett Richards fired a complete-game shutout, beating the Red Sox 3-0 on Saturday. Richards allowed two hits and one walk while striking out six in his masterpiece.

Richards was excellent in this one, retiring the last 15 batters he faced. He did not allow a runner to get to third base, and kept the Red Sox lineup completely off balance.

Richards (10-6) lowered his ERA to 3.24 with the dominant outing. It was the second shutout of his career, and his first this season. 


Angels set post-break rotation; decisions still need to be made


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/16/2015) Angels manager Mike Scioscia has partially laid out his rotation plans for the start of the second half. Lefty C.J. Wilson will get the first start out of the All-Star break, as he'll open up the weekend series against the Red Sox on Friday.

Garrett Richards and 2015 All-Star Hector Santiago will go on Saturday and Sunday respectively. 

Meanwhile, the futures for Andrew Heaney, Matt Shoemaker and Jered Weaver are rather unclear. Scioscia said Heaney will get another start. Weaver is on the disabled list with a hip injury, and he threw a simulated game on Thursday but will need at least one more before he's ready to return, according to the Orange County Register


Angels SP Garrett Richards struggles to get outs in loss


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(7/10/2015) Angels starting pitcher Garrett Richards wasn't impressive during his outing on Thursday against the Mariners.

Richards was pulled after 5 1/3 innings, but not before he gave up four runs on 12 hits. He allowed runs in the first and second inning and never quite got into a groove throughout the game.

With the loss, Richards drops to 9-6 on the season and his ERA spiked to 3.53.


Angels SP Garrett Richards quiets Rangers' bats in 8-2 victory


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/3/2015) Angels right-hander Garrett Richards was solid in his start against the Rangers on Friday. Richards allowed one run on six hits over 7 2/3 innings. He walked one and struck out six in the 8-2 victory.

The only run Richards allowed in the game came on an RBI single by Adrian Beltre in the sixth inning. But Richards was otherwise stellar, retiring 13 batters in a row at one point. 

"That lineup is going to let you know if you miss spots," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said, per MLB.com. "They've got some guys that really drive the ball, and Garrett really was on top of it. Pitched ahead a lot. Kept the ball down. Elevated what he wanted to. Had his good breaking stuff going."

Richards (9-5) has allowed a total of eight earned runs over his five starts, as his ERA sits at 3.35.


Angels SP Garrett Richards has strong performance vs. M's


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/27/2015) Angels starter Garrett Richards was excellent against the Mariners on Saturday. Richards went 7 2/3 innings, allowing two runs on seven hits. He walked one and struck out six, improving his record to 8-5 in the 4-2 victory.

Richards cruised through the first five innings of this one, tossing shutout ball along the way. But he gave up a run in the sixth on a wild pitch, and then served up a solo home run to Mike Zunino in the eighth.

Still, the performance lowered his ERA to 3.54, and he has given up more than three earned runs just once in his last seven starts.


Angels' Shoemaker, Richards to start first two games of M's series


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/24/2015) Prior to Wednesday's game against the Astros, the Angels made the surprise move of promoting starting pitcher prospect Andrew Heaney to start against Houston.

Heaney's promotion meant Matt Shoemaker was pushed back to Friday against the Mariners. Garrett Richards is slated to start Saturday's game against Seattle.


Angels SP Garrett Richards allows three runs in loss on Sunday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/21/2015) Angels right-hander Garrett Richards had a quality start on Sunday against the A's. He pitched six innings, allowing three runs on eight hits. He walked two and struck out three, but was left with his fifth loss of the season, as the Angels were defeated 3-2.

Richards (7-5) gave up his first run in the third inning, and then allowed back-to-back run-scoring singles in the sixth to account for all the damage against him. 

Aside from a disaster outing on June 6, Richards has gone at least six innings in each of his outings since April 24. He'll take his 3.66 ERA into his next start, scheduled for Saturday against the Mariners at home.


Angels' Garrett Richards wins second straight


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/17/2015) Angels starter Garrett Richards won his second straight start, Tuesday over Arizona. Richards has won three of the last four and is 7-4 on the year. 

Richards gave up one unearned run in seven innings. It was his first start without allowing an earned run since a complete game shutout last August 4.

Richards allowed four hits and walked three, while striking out four. His next start is Sunday at Oakland. 


Changes to delivery leads to bounce-back win for Angels' Richards


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/12/2015) Following a disastrous outing Saturday against the Yankees, Angels starting pitcher Garrett Richards bounced back with a strong effort in a win Thursday against the Rays.

Richards credits the quick turnaround to making some mechanical tweaks to his delivery. After not lasting an inning against the Yankees, Richards worked with pitching coach Mike Butcher on getting his landing foot to plant directly toward the plate to improve his efficiency in throwing strikes, per The Orange County Register.

“I’ve been searching for it a little bit this year, maybe trying to do too much at times,” he said. “I am starting to get back to a good, clean delivery that gives me a chance to throw strikes around the zone. I like the direction it’s going.”

Richards had a minor lapse in the second inning Thursday. He walked Logan Forsythe before Steven Souza parked a 0-2 cutter for a home run. It was the first time in Richards' career he allowed a home run on a 0-2 pitch. However, he quickly rebounded to retire 19 of the final 21 batters he faced.

“As he went out in the third inning you just saw him better putting pitches together, a better presence,” manager Mike Scioscia said. “He was getting ahead. He threw some really impressive breaking balls tonight. That’s a great outing from Garrett.”


Angels SP Garrett Richards fans seven, wins sixth game of year


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(6/11/2015) Orioles pitcher Garrett Richards made very few mistakes in his team's 6-2 win over the Rays on Thursday.

Richards, who picked up his sixth win of the year, threw seven innings and allowed just four hits while striking out seven batters. Richards' only mistake came in the form of a Steven Souza two-run home run in the second inning.

Richards (6-4) has a 3.97 ERA with 55 strikeouts and 27 walks in 65 2/3 innings this season.


Angels SP Garrett Richards can't get out of the first inning Saturday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/6/2015) The Yankees knocked around an Angels starter for the second consecutive game on Saturday. This time it was Garrett Richards that got bombed by the Bronx Bombers. Richards was unable to get out of the first inning, recording just two outs while allowing six runs on five hits. 

Richards just wasn't able to get into a groove in this one, as he let the first three batters to reach before Mark Teixeira brought in a run with a sacrifice fly. The next batter, Brian McCann took Richards deep for a two-run home run. Richards gave up his final run, an RBI single to Brett Gardner, before being pulled.

Overall, Richards faced 10 batters and only got two of them out. The rough outing raised his ERA from 3.26 to 4.14. He has now allowed 17 earned runs over his last four starts.

"I’m going through a rough patch," Richards said, per the Orange County Register. "It is what it is. I’m not going to sit here and make excuses. It’s baseball. This is the big leagues."

He'll look for a rebound effort in his next start, scheduled for Friday against the A's at home.


Angels SP Garrett Richards: 'I've got to be better overall'


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/2/2015) Angels starting pitcher Garrett Richards picked up his fifth win of the season Monday against the Rays. However, despite the victory, Richards highlighted a bunch of areas where he feels he needs to improve.

"I need to do a better job of getting ahead of guys -- I feel like I was behind in the count a lot tonight," Richards said, per MLB.com. "I've got to do a better job of not being fine too early.

"I've got to do a better job mixing my curveball in with my fastball and my slider. I felt like I got a little bit repetitive and a little bit predictable. I've got to do a better job putting guys away. I've noticed [all the two-out runs].

"I've got to be better overall."

For the most part, Richards is having a pretty good season. He is 5-3 with a 3.26 ERA and 1.21 WHIP in nine starts. Although, his ERA has been on the rise in his last three starts, as he has a 5.30 ERA in that span.

"I think it's just a function of being a little bit erratic and maybe not having your best stuff," manager Mike Scioscia said. "You try to get outs, you get two outs, you try to get the next guy out, and you're not quite there.

"You will see, at times, some pitchers just get into a little cyclical thing where they have trouble finishing innings. And I think that's where Garrett is right now. He's finished some innings, but for the most part, there's no doubt.

"He'll be better."


Angels SP Garrett Richards earns fifth win of season Monday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6/2/2015) Angels pitcher Garrett Richards allowed three runs on six hits during Monday's 7-3 win over the Rays.

Richards struck out four batters and walked three to earn his fifth win of the season. His biggest mistake was giving up a two-run home run to Nick Franklin in the fourth inning.

Richards has pitched at least six innings in eight-consecutive starts and he has won two out of his last three outings. His next expected start is scheduled for Sunday at the New York Yankees.


Angels' Garrett Richards allows five runs in loss vs. Padres


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/28/2015) Angels pitcher Garrett Richards took the loss on Wednesday, giving up five runs (three earned) on eight hits and two walks in 6 2/3 innings while striking out six in his team's 5-4 defeat against the Padres.

Richards (4-3) gave up an RBI double in the second and a two-run homer in the fourth, both to Will Middlebrooks, but the game was tied after six innings. He then surrendered two unearned runs in the seventh after committing an error himself earlier in the frame.

Richards owns a 3.12 ERA and 43:21 K:BB ratio in 52 innings. He's slated to face the Rays on Monday.


Anges P Garrett Richards gives up 5 runs but gets win


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/23/2015) Angels pitcher Garrett Richards allowed five earned runs during Friday night's 12-5 win over the Red Sox. 

Richards didn't have the best game on the mound but was a beneficiary of a ton of run support from the Angels' offense. The Angels scored nine of their 12 runs in the fifth inning. Richards went six innings and struck out one batter while walking two. 

The five runs are the most Richards has allowed in a game this year. However, the win puts him at 4-2 for the season. He now holds a 2.98 ERA. 

Richards' next start is projected for May 27 against the Padres. 


Angels' Garrett Richards strikes out seven in loss Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/17/2015) Angels pitcher Garrett Richards took a loss on Sunday, allowing two earned runs on five hits and one walk in 7 2/3 innings in his team's 3-0 defeat against the Orioles.

Richards (3-2) gave up just one run through seven innings, which came on a wild pitch in the fourth with a runner on third. He was then removed after giving up a two-out single in the eighth inning, and the runner would eventually score on a two-run double.

"Garrett's breaking ball is so late and sharp and when it's down it really kicks in a number of directions," manager Mike Scisocia said to the Orange County Register. "You have to battle. He's not an easy guy to catch. Carlos (Perez) did a good job on just about every one. Just one got away."

Richards owns a 2.29 ERA and 36:17 K:BB ratio in 39 1/3 innings. He's slated to face the Red Sox Friday.