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Apr 27, 2021; New York City, New York, USA; Boston Red Sox pitcher Garrett Richards (43) pitches during the first inning against the New York Mets at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

By Tony Massarotti, 98.5 The Sports Hub

So the plan, entering last night, was to point out how absolutely brutal Garrett Richards’ pitching mechanics have been. Then Richards went out and backboned the Red Sox to a 2-1 win over the New York Mets that offered at least some hope that he can actually help the 2021 Red Sox.

Can he sustain it? Heaven knows. But it was a good first step – and we mean that quite literally.

Jerry Remy and Dennis Eckersley spent a good amount of time talking about it on the NESN broadcast last night, so here are the visuals. Late last week, I pulled the following image of Richards throwing to home plate against the Blue Jays because I intended to point out how absolutely awful his delivery was. Just before his left foot is about to land, Richard looks he’s pitching to the batter in the on-deck circle by the third-base dugout. If you didn’t know any better, you’d swear he was Nuke Laloosh trying to fire one off the head of the mascot.

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