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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.


Braves Acquire Adam Duvall From Reds

The Atlanta Braves made a trade on Monday night, getting outfielder Adam Duvall from the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for pitcher Matt Wisler, outfielder Preston Tucker and pitcher Lucas Sims. Although he has a low batting average, Duvall has some pop, with 15 homers so far and his 61 RBI is not shabby. He'll provide some outfield depth in... Read More

2 years ago

Freddie Freeman Hits Solo Homer As Braves Win

Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman has been a machine this season. He did it again on Monday night, hitting homer No. 18. He went 1-for-4 and though his average has dipped a bit, it's still impressive at .313. Freeman now has 67 RBI. After the Marlins, he's going to face the team he LOVES... Read More

2 years ago

Julio Teheran Goes Five Innings In Win

It wasn't the most efficient of starts for Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Julio Teheran on Monday. He threw 98 pitches in his five innings of work and he gave up three runs, including a two-run homer. Teheran struck out four and walked four. The righty did get the win thanks to getting some run support... Read More

2 years ago

Kurt Suzuki Scores Lone Atlanta Run In Loss

Atlanta Braves catcher Kurt Suzuki continues to do a fine job in tandem with Tyler Flowers. He went 1-for-3 on Friday night and scored the lone run for Atlanta as they lost, 4-1. Suzuki is not playing enough to be a regular in a 10-12 team league, but he's still a good two-catcher league pickup.

2 years ago

Mike Foltynewicz Loses To Dodgers

Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Mike Foltynewicz likely knew that he had no room for error on Friday night, what with facing Clayton Kershaw and the potent Dodger offense. Alas, he was not up to the task, giving up four runs over the course of five innings. He gave up two homers and walked three. One... Read More

2 years ago


Ozzie Albies Hitless In Loss To Dodgers

Atlanta Braves second baseman Ozzie Albies had a quiet return to the lineup on Thursday. He went 0-for-4 after spending time on the disabled list due to a hamstring injury. Albies also struck out three times. Don't panic - it'll take him just a little bit to get back into the swing of things -... Read More

2 years ago

Ronald Acuna Provides Only Offense For Braves In Loss

It was hard for fans to get excited when Atlanta Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna blasted a mammoth two-run homer on Thursday - they were already down 8-0 at the time. Still, Acuna, who went 1-for-4, seems to be taking very nicely to hitting first. Keep starting him. Yes, even though he will be facing Clayton... Read More

2 years ago

Anibal Sanchez Roughed Up In Loss To Dodgers

If Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez was going to start falling back down to Earth, Thursday's game against the Dodgers was a good candidate. They had recently acquired Manny Machado and were looking like a tough team again. Sure enough, Sanchez gave up five runs, four earned, over the course of 6 1/3 innings.... Read More

2 years ago

Charlie Culberson Drives In Two In Losing Effort

Atlanta Braves second baseman Charlie Culberson continues to hit - even Freddie Freeman says that he's the guy who really drives this team. Culberson, who is playing in place of the injured Ozzie Albies, drove in two runs on Tuesday. It doesn't seem to matter where he's put on the field - he finds a... Read More

2 years ago

Julio Teheran Shelled As Braves Lose To Marlins

Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Julio Teheran can't blame his team's three errors for his bad outing on Tuesday afternoon - only two of the nine runs he gave up were unearned. Yes, that is the number nine, that was not a typo. He gave up that amount in a mere 4 1/3 innings while striking... Read More

2 years ago


Ender Inciarte Plates Two Runs To Help Braves Romp

Atlanta Braves outfielder Ender Inciarte is still not known for being a run producer. Still, if you stick him in your lineup for his speed, sometimes you'll get an added bonus if he has a good game. Monday night was one of those occasions, what with him driving in two runs. He now has 36... Read More

2 years ago

Johan Camargo Drives In Two Runs As Braves Win Laugher

Atlanta Braves third baseman Johan Camargo hasn't made his team regret letting Jose Bautista go. Camargo drove in two runs on Monday, giving him 42 so far. He's been one of their most impressive run producers since June 1, getting 27 RBI since that date, a team-high. Camargo could really help you in that category... Read More

2 years ago

Freddie Freeman Hits Two-Run Bomb As Braves Romp

Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman has to love facing bottom-feeding teams like the Miami Marlins. He took advantage of a bad pitch on Monday and sent it deep into the seats for homer No. 17 on the season. It was a two-run blast, so he has 66 RBI. Freeman's an automatic start.

2 years ago

Sean Newcomb Gets Ton of Run Support In Win

Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Sean Newcomb was surely glad to see his team break out their bats on Monday night against the hapless Miami Marlins. Being staked to an early lead surely eased his mind and gave him the confidence to pitch around his four walks and he got out of trouble a couple of... Read More

2 years ago

Dansby Swanson Drives In Both Runs As Braves Lose

Atlanta Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson had a good day on Sunday. He was the only hitter that could plate runners, driving in two runs - the only runs for his team as they lost, 6-2. Plenty of other Braves hitters got hits - they tallied 14 in all - but that's all they could muster.... Read More

2 years ago


Mike Foltynewicz Gives Up Four Runs in Rain-Soaked Loss

It seemed like a couple of things conspired against Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Mike Foltynewicz on Sunday afternoon. The weather kept sending the teams off the field for various rain delays. Also, the Nationals tagged him for four runs in his 5 2/3 innings of work. He struck out five and walked three. His next time... Read More

2 years ago

Johan Camargo Drives In Run In Braves Win

Atlanta Braves third baseman Johan Camargo started off the second half of the season on a good note, going 2-for-4 with an RBI. He's now got 40 on the year, which is not bad considering he missed the first few weeks. Camargo could give you 90 RBI, which is very strong output. He's no Nolan... Read More

2 years ago

A.J. Minter Gets Save No. 5 As Braves Beat Nats

It looks like Atlanta Braves relief pitcher A.J. Minter may get more save opportunities while Arodys Vizcaino is on the disabled list with shoulder inflammation. He got the save on Friday night, his fifth of the year. Who knows if Vizcaino can be reliable for the whole season? Atlanta's front office might want to get... Read More

2 years ago

Nick Markakis Drives In Run In Atlanta's Victory

There may be young, exciting players on the team, but Atlanta Braves outfielder Nick Markakis has been steady and dependable all season long. He drove in a run on Friday night, giving him 62 RBI. Just stick him in your lineup and relax. He'll keep producing for you.

2 years ago

Charlie Culberson Hits Homer To Help Braves Win

Atlanta Braves utility player Charlie Culberson was pressed into service on Friday night after Ozzie Albies left the game with hamstring tightness. Culberson went deep for his fifth homer of the season - and while that might not seem impressive (fantasy fans aren't paying attention, with like 2% owning him), he'd have a LOT more... Read More

2 years ago


Freddie Freeman Drives In Three As Braves Win

Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman seemed unaffected by the so-called Home Run Derby jinx. He went 2-for-5 on Friday in his first action since the All-Star game and drove in three runs. Yes, he still remains a fixture for fantasy lineups. If you have him, you had darn well better be starting him.

2 years ago

Ronald Acuna Feasts Hitting First As Braves Win

It's way premature to dub Atlanta Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna as being the next Rickey Henderson, one of the greatest leadoff hitters of all time, but he had a great showing Friday night. Acuna went 3-for-4 with a homer, two steals and was a triple shy of the cycle. The team did it to jolt... Read More

2 years ago

Anibal Sanchez Goes Six Innings To Get Win Over Nationals

Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez wasn't totally sharp on Friday night, giving up two homers and walking three. He did strike out eight and got enough run support to make the three earned ones he surrendered moot. Sanchez has been a very pleasant pick-up for the Braves and he looks to continue that his... Read More

2 years ago

Anibal Sanchez Could Be Good Pick Against Unfamiliar D-backs

It could go well for Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez on Friday. He's going up against an Arizona Diamondbacks lineup with a lot of hitters who have scant experience facing him. There are two possibly booby traps, though and one is a big one: Paul Goldschmidt. The other is Steven Souza, Jr., who is... Read More

2 years ago

Ender Inciarte Leaves Game After Being Hit By Pitch

Atlanta Braves outfielder Ender Inciarte was hit in the first inning of Wednesday's 9-5 win over Toronto. He was hit in the arm, and left in the game in the top of the fifth. Inciarte went 1-for-2 with an RBI and a run scored. There was speculation that his arm may have tightened up. It... Read More

2 years ago


Mike Foltynewicz Wins Despite Five-Run Seventh

It's a good thing Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Mike Foltynewicz got a lot of run support on Wednesday, since he suddenly lost his touch in the seventh inning. The righty was cruising along with a 7-0 lead and then... poof. Five runs, including a homer from Justin Smoak and one from Devon Travis, and he... Read More

2 years ago

Ozzie Albies Mashes Two Homers In Win Over Jays

Atlanta Braves second baseman Ozzie Albies should have his family visit more often. Albies, who will be going to the All-Star Game, showed why he was selected, going deep twice on Wednesday. Both homers were solo and it was the first time he'd hit two round-trippers in a game. He's now got 20 homers and... Read More

2 years ago

Freddie Freeman Drives In Run In Losing Effort

Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman can at least say he had a good day on Sunday. It's true that his team lost, 10-3, but he went 3-for-4 with an RBI. While he'd probably prefer to be on the winning side, at least his fantasy owners can reap the benefits of his strong numbers. He's... Read More

2 years ago

Sean Newcomb Rocked In Milwaukee On Sunday

This is not how Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Sean Newcomb wanted to be pitching with the All-Star Game a little over a week away. He didn't help his cause on Sunday, lasting only 3 2/3 innings, giving up five runs, all earned, while walking four and striking out three. His ERA is now 3.44 and... Read More

2 years ago

Anibal Sanchez Exits Game After Being Hit On Hip

It was shaping up to be a very good Saturday for Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez. He'd only given up two hits in 6 2/3 innings. Then the seventh inning came - he walked Hernan Perez and then got hit on the hip by a ball off the bat of Brad Miller and left... Read More

2 years ago


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