When the Los Angeles Angel’s ace Garrett Richards went to cover first base after Albert Pujols fielded a ground ball and tried to turn a double play in the 2nd inning of a 8-3 win over the Boston Red Sox’s Wednesday night, Richards feet got caught underneath him and went down awkwardly and had to be carted off the field.
Earlier today, the team confirmed that the MRI showed he tore his left patellar tendon and will be placed on the 60-DL pending the 6-9 month recovery ending his season.
What does this mean for the 75-50 Angels? With their ace bringing his 13-4 record and 2.53 ERA to the DL, what does that me for their playoff hopes?
The logical replacement in the rotation is 30-year old Wade LeBlanc who has a not so impressive 4.56 ERA in 424.1 innings pitched. The mediocre pitching rotation just got worse. They thrived on hitting but that can only get you so far if there is no defense to back it up.
The Angels will now have a lot harder road to the pennate just got a lot harder.