Just another heart-breaking Halo loss. Whatever, it is what it is. A crappy team lost in a crappy way. But does it really matter? That ended being the question of the night, literally.
Does anyone out there think it's better for the #Angels if Richards is good, even in a loss, than if he pitched poorly in a win?— Jeff Fletcher (@JeffFletcherOCR) August 13, 2013
That question was worded in a way to suggest that the answer is no, but to me the answer is an emphatic yes. This season is a waste. The wins and losses matter not. What matters is making plans for next season and they got a big hint as to what should be part of those plans in this game. That would be Garrett Richards the starting pitcher.
In four starts, Richards has been great and is only getting better. Sure, the Yankees have a weak lineup, but going eight strong innings on the road is nothing to sneeze at. Garrett wasn't just effective, he was efficient as well, using just 101 pitches to get through eight innings. He walked one batter and made really just one bad pitch, that being the solo homer to Curtis Granderson that unfortunately proved to be the insurance run the Yankees needed.
No matter, Richards gave the Angels the most convincing evidence yet that it is time to stop jerking with his role and roster status and finally place their trust in him in the form of a guaranteed rotation spot next year. With the kind of overhaul their rotation needs, that is a big, big help and they won't even remember in a few weeks whether he won or lost what is the best start of his career so far.no comments