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About Michael Griffin - RotoBaller

I'm a writer living in New York with my wife, son and two crazy cats. I went to my first baseball game at the age of four and have been a fan since.

Michael Griffin - RotoBaller has written 1143 articles so far, you can find them below.


Brandon McCarthy Looks To Make Next Start On Tuesday

When you hear the words partially dislocated shoulder, you tend to think of time missed. Fortunately for Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Brandon McCarthy, it was his non-throwing shoulder. McCarthy did his usual workout routine Friday and hopes to make his scheduled start on Tuesday. That would be at home against the Phillies. McCarthy is more... Read More

2 years ago

Aaron Blair Will See Dr. James Andrews

Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Aaron Blair, who was pitching in Triple-A Gwinnett, was put on the disabled list there due to a shoulder injury. He's going to see Dr. James Andrews on Monday. That usually tends to not bode well for a fast recovery, and the words "Tommy John" are often bandied around. We'll have... Read More

2 years ago

Week 2 Waiver Wire - Catchers

It's ugly out there on the catcher landscape. The drop-off of player ownership goes from Jonathan Lucroy at 70%... which is still well above the 50% Yahoo! ownership cutoff that we use for these waiver wire columns... to Austin Barnes at 38%. That is one heck of a drop-off. It's like going into a neighborhood... Read More

2 years ago

Brian Elliott Gets Yanked During Blowout Game 1 Loss

We warned you that picking Philadelphia Flyers goalie Brian Elliott, who had played all of two games before Wednesday's playoff opener against Pittsburgh, was a bad idea. True enough, he got lit up, with the Penguins peppering him with 19 shots. He allowed five goals in 29 minutes before getting yanked during the second. Yes,... Read More

2 years ago

Claude Giroux A Strong Pick For Wednesday's Game

Saying that Philadelphia Flyers left winger Claude Giroux is a good pick for Wednesday's game against Pittsburgh seems like a no-brainer. He did finish second in points (102), after all. Yes, this is a time when defenses can clamp down on superstars and lesser players may be the hero, but Giroux could wind up being... Read More

2 years ago


Trusting Brian Elliott Versus Penguins May Be Risky

Philadelphia Flyers goalie Brian Elliott did look good during his past two starts, including a blanking of the New York Rangers, but they were his first two times in front of the net since early February. Elliott was 23-11-7 with a 2.66 goals-against average. Not terrible but not totally impressive. Now he's going to be... Read More

2 years ago

Brandon McCarthy Exits Game With Injury To Non-Throwing Shoulder

Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Brandon McCarthy (shoulder) has had some bad luck in his career, including a ball hitting him in the head. On Tuesday, he seemed to partially dislocate his left shoulder after covering first on a ground ball to first baseman Freddie Freeman. McCarthy is day-to-day, but be ready to put him on the... Read More

2 years ago

Mike Foltynewicz Sees Team Flail In Loss to Nats

Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Mike Foltynewicz surely knew that he had a terrible starting matchup in Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg. Still, he did not concede a thing, going five innings and giving up three runs, two of them earned. The problem was trying to get those runs back from Strasburg was like trying to climb up... Read More

2 years ago

Andrew Cashner Gets No-Decision As O's Fall

Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Andrew Cashner has shown during his last two starts that he's not hearing the footsteps of Alex Cobb, as he's set to make his team debut next week. Cashner went seven innings on Tuesday, giving up no runs while striking out six. His control wasn't entirely there, as he walked three.... Read More

2 years ago

Johan Camargo Struggling During Minors Rehab

Atlanta Braves third baseman Johan Camargo isn't swinging a hot bat during his rehab from an oblique injury. He's only collected a couple of hits in 15 at-bats at Triple-A, although one was a homer. Yes, he could turn it on once he comes back up to the majors, but the club would like to... Read More

2 years ago


Colby Rasmus Has MRI On Hip

Baltimore Orioles outfielder Colby Rasmus had an MRI on his hip on Tuesday. He'll likely miss five to eight days. He's hoping to be able to stay in baseball, but his early-season stats of .095 in 21 at-bats is not encouraging. Maybe he'll warm up when this eternal East coast winter ends, but Orioles fans... Read More

2 years ago

Alex Cobb Will Make O's Debut In Boston

After going six innings in a minor league tune-up on Monday, Baltimore Orioles starter Alex Cobb will take the mound in Fenway Park on Saturday. It's been a whirlwind since he first signed late in spring training. Drawing the Red Sox is tough, since they seem determined to become the first team in Major League... Read More

2 years ago

Hunter Harvey Gets Called Up To The Majors

If Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Hunter Harvey looks a little familiar to long-time baseball fans, it's because his dad was former Major League closer Bryan Harvey. Hunter Harvey is going to be used in the bullpen for now, but he's not going to be the one ending games like his father. See how he does... Read More

2 years ago

Manny Machado Supplies Only Offense as O's Fall To Jays

Baltimore Orioles shortstop Manny Machado is doing what he set out to do -- go out and wreak havoc on the league as he aims to make bank this upcoming offseason. He crushed his third homer of the year during Monday's game. It was a no-doubter off J.A. Happ. It was the only run as... Read More

2 years ago

Dylan Bundy Has Fantastic Start But Sees Bats Become Happ-Less Versus Jays

Baltimore Orioles starter Dylan Bundy wound up with the loss on Monday night, but it wasn't his fault. He pitched a strong seven innings, striking out seven and giving up two runs on a two-run homer by Steve Pearce. It was later in the game when Josh Donaldson's crushing grand slam homer -- when Bundy... Read More

2 years ago


Luiz Gohara Will Throw Side Session

Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Luiz Gohara (ankle) is making strides in his recovery. He'll throw a side session, and the team expects him to be back in late April or early May. His role with the team will be determined on how Anibal Sanchez keeps faring as the No. 5 starter. Keep your eyes peeled... Read More

2 years ago

Julio Teheran The Hard-Luck Loser As Braves Get Blanked

Atlanta Braves starter Julio Teheran didn't have that bad of a game on Monday night, even with his four walks. The righty went six innings and struck out seven. He did give up two runs on one bad pitch to Howie Kendrick, who ripped a double that scored the only runs that Max Scherzer would... Read More

2 years ago

Trey Mancini Moved To Leadoff Spot On Thursday

Baltimore Orioles outfielder Trey Mancini is hitting first for Thursday's game against the Yankees. It looks like the Chris Davis experiment is over. Davis is now batting fifth to break up the righty tandem of Adam Jones and Tim Beckham. It may also be an effort to snap the first baseman out of his early-season... Read More

2 years ago

Dylan Bundy Gets No-Decision As Orioles Fall To Astros

Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Dylan Bundy had a pretty good outing against Houston on Wednesday, going six innings and striking out eight. The righty gave up two runs, but only one was earned. Baltimore's bats couldn't back him as they lost, 3-2. Bundy is proving to be the best O's starter so far - his... Read More

2 years ago

Alex Cobb Goes Five Innings In Simulated Game

Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Alex Cobb threw a five-inning simulated game against Orioles minor leaguers and one big bat in Mark Trumbo, who is coming back from a quadriceps injury. Cobb gave up a run on three hits, striking out four and walking two. He threw 74 pitches. It's up to manager Buck Showalter and... Read More

2 years ago


Anibal Sanchez May Pitch In Relief On Friday Or Start Saturday

Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez will likely make a start on Saturday in Colorado, but that depends on whether the Rockies start launching balls into the stands on Friday, necessitating a relief appearance. He's not the greatest option either way, especially with the thin air of Coors, but he's the last resort if you... Read More

2 years ago

Johan Camargo To Start Rehab Assignment On Thursday

Atlanta Braves third baseman Johan Camargo (oblique) will probably go to Class A and if he shows the team he can play an entire game with no problem, they may activate him over the weekend, though they were coy about whether he'd play more than one game in the minors. Ryan Flaherty played on Wednesday... Read More

2 years ago

Kurt Suzuki Will Likely Return To Lineup On Friday

Atlanta Braves catcher Kurt Suzuki (hand) was held out of Wednesday's game against the Nationals, with Carlos Perez donning the equipment. Thursday is an off day, so Suzuki will have another day of rest. The team also selected the contract of reliever Luke Jackson and designated catcher Chris Stewart for assignment. Stewart went from being the third... Read More

2 years ago

Preston Tucker Continues Hot Tear With Three RBI Against Nats

Atlanta Braves outfielder Preston Tucker wasn't intimidated by Max Scherzer or his two different colored eyes on Wednesday. He slugged a three-run homer in his first at-bat of the game. That must have made Max really mad. It was Tucker's only hit of the day, but it was his sixth RBI in two games. April... Read More

2 years ago

Mike Foltynewicz Gets Plenty Of Run Support In Beating Nats

Usually, you'd think that upon seeing that Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Mike Foltynewicz was matched up against Max Scherzer, you'd go with the Nats. However, Atlanta jumped on Mad Max for three runs in the first inning and Folty never looked back. He went 5 1/3 innings and struck out eight while giving up a... Read More

2 years ago


Alex Cobb May Join Orioles After Minors Game on Wednesday

Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Alex Cobb, who is being stretched out in the minors, may join the club by April 9 if he does well on Wednesday. Given how badly some of the Baltimore starters have done recently, the team may want him to come with them as soon as possible. See how he does... Read More

2 years ago

Adam Jones Blasts Second Homer Of Season In Losing Effort

Baltimore Orioles outfielder Adam Jones is off to a fairly decent start this 2018 season. He went deep for homer No. 2 - a two-run shot off Justin Verlander. It remains to be seen where he'll be, stat-wise, at the end of the season, but it'd be nice to see a 30-homer year from the... Read More

2 years ago

Jonathan Schoop Goes Deep In Loss To Astros

Baltimore Orioles second baseman Jonathan Schoop hopefully can point to Tuesday's game as the one where he really started going. He went 3-for-5, hit a solo homer and scored three runs overall. It wasn't enough, though, as Baltimore fell 10-6. He's still batting .227, but it's still quite early in the season. Schoop will still... Read More

2 years ago

Ozhaino Albies Helps Propel Braves To Easy Win Over Nats

How do you know you're having a slow start to the season? Well, Atlanta Braves second baseman Ozhaino Albies went 3-for-5 on Tuesday and only saw his average go up to .200. Fortunately, he scored three runs and drove in one himself. It's still early and it's cold throughout much of the country. Chances are... Read More

2 years ago

Freddie Freeman Has Monster Night At Plate In Rout Over Nats

Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman knows he's not going to get that many pitches to hit over the course of the season. That means he has to jump on whatever ones that are near the strike zone and he did that on Tuesday, clubbing a three-run homer and driving in another run to give... Read More

2 years ago


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