Analyzing Trevor Richards’ season, and why the Blue Jays mop-up reliver may not be as bad as you think

While Trevor Richards hasn’t been good this season, he also hasn’t been bad.

That may sound like an odd take considering that he’s been pulled from three games of the seven he’s appeared in, but hear me out.
We’ll discuss the two “bad” games he’s had, while expanding on why it may not be the case with added context. We’ll also look at what he has also done well, because there has been quite a lot of good in Richards’ season so far.
Let’s start with the only game he’s allowed an earned run in, a game against the Kansas City Royals.
April 6th against Kansas City:
With the Blue Jays up 6-0 in the bottom of the eighth, manager John Schneider called upon Trevor Richards, who is essentially their mop-up guy at the moment.
You know the story, Bobby Witt Jr hits a homer, MJ Melendez walks, Salvador Pérez hits a single, and Schneider replaces Richards with Tim Mayza, who proceeds to allow two hits before being pulled himself.
After two scoreless innings during his season debut on April 2nd, Richards’ ERA and FIP ballooned to 13.50 and 11.32 respectively after the Kansas game.
However, let’s add some context to this outing, because it’s important. First, let’s look at the home run by Witt Jr.

Bobby Whit JrOpponent- Toronto Blue JaysPitcher- Trevor RichardsDate- 04/06/2023
— KCR Home Runs (@KCRoyals_HR) April 11, 2023

As you can see here, the ball is literally hit off the outside of the foul pole and …

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Author: Brennan Delaney / Blue Jays Nation

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