Column: No surprise Richards finds success in bullpen

The Boston Red Sox have been going nowhere fast for a few weeks now, 7–15 since July 28.

But it hasn’t been all bad for every member of the ballclub, as 33-year-old right-hander Garrett Richards has been able to string together a series of competitive outings. Over his last six appearances, the veteran has allowed an alarming seven home runs over 25.2 innings — ballooning his ERA over that stretch to 4.91. However, he has been staked to a respectable 4.16 SIERA and a strikeout rate of 20.9 percent.