What to make of Garrett Richards’ recent struggles

Since Major League Baseball has been cracking down on the use of sticky substances used by pitchers, we’ve seen spin rates drop drastically across the league.

The Red Sox have been no exception to seeing struggles due to this crackdown, as guys notorious for good breaking stuff have seen a change in performance — Matt Barnes, Adam Ottavino, Nick Pivetta and Garrett Richards.

ST PETERSBURG, FLORIDA — JUNE 23: Garrett Richards #43 of the Boston Red Sox is relieved by Manager Alex Cora in the second inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field on June 23, 2021 in St Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)