Sitting on a dugout bench during Friday’s middle innings at Angel Stadium, Alex Meyer engaged Garrett Richards in an extended conversation about pitching. Richards has missed almost all of this season because of a strength-sapping irritated nerve in his biceps, but he has retained his plain perspective about how to retire major league hitters.
He instructed Meyer to concern himself less with where he was throwing his fastball and more about throwing it with conviction.
“Throw it 0-0,” Richards told him in his typically terse fashion. “Throw it over the middle. Let them try and hit it.”
Meyer did as advised and pitched the Angels to a 9-0 thrashing of Kansas City on...