Boston Red Sox: Garrett Richards and a Gatorade Bucket of Ice


The Red Sox are coming off a three game sweep of the New York Yankees this weekend.  The sweep pushed the Red Sox back into first place in the American League East. 

Boston welcomed the Kansas City Royals into town for a four game series.  The Red Sox would trot out Garrett Richards on Monday night in hopes the right-hander could earn his first win since May 19 against the Blue Jays. 

Richards first year in Boston hasn’t exactly been the smoothest.  The 33-year-old pitcher has been part of ebbs and flows this year, including struggling mightily since the MLB crackdown on illegal gripping agents. 

The veteran right-hander struggled out of the gate Monday night, giving up three home runs over the first 1 1/3 innings. 

Richards would end up fighting through his struggles and allowed five runs on 11 hits, no walks and three strikeouts over 5 2/3 innings.

Richards wasn’t sharp, but gutted out his start and his offense helped him out. 

“Sometimes you’re going to have your A-stuff,” Manager Alex Cora said.  “Sometimes you’re going to feel great and sometimes you’re just a regular pitcher with no stuff and you have to find a way to do it and he did.”

During the second inning of last night's game, Richards was shown on NESN doing something unique. 

Photo courtesy of NESN’s Adam Pellerin Twitter 

Richards had his arm shoved into a Gatorade bucket of ice.  Play-by-play commenter Dave O’Brien commented on Richards usual move.  Jerry Remy also commented on how unusual it was as well.  Richards had his arm in the bucket of ice for 30 seconds. 

Typically pitchers will wrap their arms up to come them loose and warm.  The weather at Fenway Park was 92 degrees at first pitch.  Richards commented that he needed to cool down and stop sweating. 

“I need to stop sweating,” he said.  “If I can stop sweating, everything will be fine, but I’m a guy that sweats a whole lot.  Just trying to work around the new rules and things we have right now.  Trying to figure out different ways for me to be successful.  That’s what was asked of us to do and that’s what I’m trying to do.”

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Richards has struggled the last couple of weeks.  The right-hander has been vocal about the MLB crackdown and how he has to learn how to pitch again.  Richards has added a changeup to his repertoire and has been working on his curveball. 

“(It’s) just a pitch I learned literally four days ago,” Richards said.  “Trying to figure out how to pitch again.  Stay in the zone, be competitive and give us a chance to win.  That’s the only thing I care about.”

As Richards learns a new pitch he also needs to focus on getting out of his own head.  The righty has the capability and the Red Sox will need him for their playoff push. 

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Boston Sports Syndicate: Boston Red Sox: Garrett Richards and a Gatorade Bucket of Ice
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