The “electric” stuff of 24-year-old Garrett Richards has won the confidence of Angels Manager Mike Scioscia, who Saturday gave Richards Tuesday’s home start against the Kansas City Royals over slumping veteran Jerome Williams.
“I definitely get more confidence as I get more chances,” Richards said in the Angels Stadium tunnel between the clubhouse and dugout.
“I feel good about what I’m doing. I’m repeating my delivery, trusting my stuff.”
The Angels have won in five of Richards’ six starts. The 2009 first-round draft pick from Oklahoma pitched seven shutout innings Tuesday in Detroit, and Richards (3-1, 3.53 earned-run average) delivered eight shutout innings June 17 against Arizona.
“Garrett’s not a finished product,” Scioscia said, a nod to Richards giving up 12 combined earned runs in back-to-back starts against Toronto and Baltimore within the last month. “But he has an electric arm.”