Garrett Richards has to stay healthy
This may not be one that Garrett Richards can do much about, but we really just need the right-hander to stay healthy this year.
I have very little doubt that if he can stay healthy and on the mound, he’ll be a top of the rotation pitcher for the Padres in 2020.
Over his career, he has a 3.60 ERA in 753.1 innings with 656 strikeouts.
Even if he can just put up those types of numbers over 170 innings for the Padres in 2020, it will be a huge boost.
The 31-year-old hasn’t pitched over 100 innings in a season since 2015, so asking him to give us over 150 in 2020 is a big ask, but it’s certainly what I expect from him.
And when San Diego signed him to a two-year, $15.5 million deal, they were certainly expecting a big 2020 season from Richards.
I’m sure Tingler and the coaching staff will do a good job of limiting his innings early and making sure he stays as healthy as possible.
But getting 150-170 innings out of Richards this season will be huge in helping the team contend for a spot in the postseason.
Here’s to hoping Richards has a healthy and successful season. Sending him all the good vibes and well wishes.