It’s taken the majority of the regular season, but Garrett Richards is paying dividends for the Red Sox. Since being removed from the rotation, Garrett Richards has embraced his role in the bullpen.
— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) September 3, 2021
“He embraced the opportunity,” manager Alex Cora said. “He didn’t see it as a demotion. We wants to help us win. And he’s been outstanding. A lot more competitive pitches from the bullpen. The slider is playing”
Garrett Richards has shined in his new role for Alex Cora
The 33-year-old has allowed 1 ER in 13 ⅓ IP since being moved to pen. Richards now has two three-inning saves as well. He earned his second save of the season Thursday night. The Red Sox defeated the Rays 4-0 and earned a series split in Tampa. Bobby Dalbec remained hot at the plate for the Red Sox driving in two of the four runs scored.
After Sox starter Eduardo Rodriguez began to struggle in the seventh inning Thursday, Cora summoned Richards. With two runners on and no outs, Richards silenced the Rays bats and ended their potential rally.
The right-hander would work around a base runner in the eight inning. Richards would come out for the ninth and retire Manuel Margot and then Brandon Lowe on a high third strike call. He would then get catcher Mike Zunino to fly out to complete the save.
Richards now owns a 0.68 ERA with 16 strikeout in seven appearances in the bullpen. Boston is now 5-2 when he pitches out of the bullpen.
Garrett Richards continues to pitch in high-leverage situations in the bullpen
The veteran is proving he is a viable weapon for Cora out of the bullpen.
Cora has now utilized Richards in numerous high-leverage situations at the back end of games. With the struggles of Matt Barnes and the recent COVID-19 issues ravaging the team, Richards is a breath of fresh air.
– Chris Henrique (@ChrisHenrique on Twitter)
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