Bold Take: Boston Red Sox Garrett Richards Will Go More Than Two Innings in Tonight’s Start Against the Orioles

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Garrett Richards first outing didn’t exactly go to plan for the veteran right-hander.  During the Opening Series sweep at the hands of the Orioles, Richards gave up six runs, all earned, seven hits and two walks while striking out two. 

His first start stat line wasn’t something Red Sox fans were expecting from someone Chaim Bloom gave a one-year, $10 million deal.


The small but passionate crowd at Fenway Park reigned down boos towards Richards. 


Photo courtesy of Associated Press


The 32-year-old righty struggled out of the gate last weekend.  The Orioles exposed him for three runs in the first inning and never looked back. 


To be honest, I was throwing a lot of strikes,” Richards said.  “It just kind of seemed like every ball that was put in play just kind of fell.  I got beat on the shift a couple times today.” 


Richards has had a week to review film on his start and see where things went wrong. 


Since his first start, he has been ridiculed by the Boston media for his David Price like comments following his first start. 


Richards was the subject of a skit on Felger and Mazz.  The popular show on 98.5 The Sports Hub recapped Richards start during one of their Fuppets episodes.  The hosts ripped Richards for his first start and his comments. 


With Red Sox Nation holding little to no confidence Richards and the media already thinking his like Price, today would be a perfect day to silence his critics.


        

The Red Sox have won four in a row.  Their offense is scolding hot right now. J.D. Martinez is one of the hottest hitters in the American League.  Alex Verdugo has a three game hit streak and Christian Vazquez is feeling “sexy” at the plate. 


Richards needs to go out, execute his pitches and help the Red Sox make it five in a row.  In only his second start of the season, both Bloom and Richards need this outing to go well.  If not, the fans and the media will continue to rip the player and the signing.  Which is going to be really difficult to defend moving forward. 




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