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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.


Dansby Swanson Drives In Two Runs But Braves Fall

Atlanta Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson had a good game on Friday night, going 2-for-3 with two RBI. It wasn't enough as Atlanta fell 5-4. Swanson now has 34 RBI and is hitting .248. His 34 RBI rank him fourth among National League shortstops, but he isn't catching Trevor Story, who has 60 so far. You... Read More

2 years ago

Mike Foltynewicz Has Rough Outing In Loss To Brewers

It was not a good start for Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Mike Foltynewicz on Friday. He went six innings and gave up five runs, all earned. He did rack up seven strikeouts and issued no walks, so that's a bit of a silver lining. Next up will be the Arizona Diamondbacks in Atlanta. The D-backs... Read More

2 years ago

Ronald Acuna Exits Friday's Game With Groin Tightness

Atlanta Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna exited Friday's game against Milwaukee with left groin tightness. He had gone 1-for-3 with an RBI. After the game, manager Brian Snitker said that they were going to be careful with the young prospect, but that there was a chance he might play on Saturday. Stay tuned for lineup news.

2 years ago

Ozzie Albies Drives In Run And Scores One In Loss

Atlanta Braves second baseman Ozzie Albies did something smart on Thursday that won't show up in any box scores. He was on third after hitting an RBI triple to plate Ender Inciarte. Then when Freddie Freeman hit a comebacker to the mound, he pretended to be looked back to third by Jhoulys Chacin, but when... Read More

2 years ago

Max Fried Struggles In Loss To Brewers

Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Max Fried wasn't sharp on Thursday. He gave up four runs over the course of his three innings of work. The team later revealed that part of the problem was that he developed a blister on his middle finger, a recurring problem over the course of his career. The team is... Read More

2 years ago


Johan Camargo Hits Solo Homer In Loss

Atlanta Braves third baseman Johan Camargo has been swinging a hot bat lately, as he's gotten at least one hit in 12 of his past 15 games. On Wednesday, he hit his second homer in three games after going for a bit of a dry spell. Camargo is now hitting .260 with nine homers and... Read More

2 years ago

Julio Teheran Strikes Out Ten In Loss To Yankees

It was a good news/bad news kind of day for Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Julio Teheran on Wednesday. He did strike out 10 Yankees hitters but he also gave up two homers and five runs over five innings as Atlanta fell 6-2. Another problem area? He walked four, and that's usually fatal for pitchers facing... Read More

2 years ago

Ender Inciarte Homers But Braves Fall To Yankees

Atlanta Braves outfielder Ender Inciarte, who is more known for his wheels, does have some pop - he hit 11 homers last year. He's more than halfway to that after going deep in Tuesday's loss to the Bronx Bombers. The speedster also swiped stolen base No. 22 during the game. This was a nice all-around... Read More

2 years ago

Nick Markakis Clubs Two-Run Homer In Defeat

Atlanta Braves outfielder Nick Markakis gave whatever visiting fans were at Yankee Stadium hope on Tuesday when he hit a two-run homer to bring his team within one run of tying the game. It was not to be, as the Bronx Bombers surged ahead to win 8-5. Markakis continued his hot hitting, though. He now... Read More

2 years ago

Ozzie Albies Goes Yard In Loss To Yankees

Atlanta Braves second baseman Ozzie Albies may have seen his hitting streak end on Monday, but he didn't let it bother him during Tuesday's game. He hit a solo homer during a 2-for-5 game, but it wasn't enough as Atlanta fell 8-5. Still, he's now got 18 homers and is well on pace for a... Read More

2 years ago


Sean Newcomb Has Rough Outing Vs. Yankees

It may have been the heat dome on Tuesday, but Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Sean Newcomb did not look effective. When he left the game after 2 2/3 innings, having surrendered five runs on three hits, his uniform was soaked in sweat. Part of that might have been from nerves about his facing the Yankees,... Read More

2 years ago

Freddie Freeman Blasts Homer In Win Over Cards

Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman does not get denied for long. After not going deep since June 15, he started July off on the right foot by smashing a two-run homer on Sunday. The lefty slugger now has 16 and he's well on pace for a 100+ RBI season. Keep starting him.

2 years ago

Mike Foltynewicz Stymies Cards For Five Innings

It was oppressively hot across much of the United States on Sunday, but Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Mike Foltynewicz made it slightly cooler in St. Louis by fanning nine Cardinal hitters in his five innings of work. The righty allowed only a hit and walked three. Folty got the win despite the Braves bullpen turning... Read More

2 years ago

Ozzie Albies Drives In Two To Help Braves Crush Cards

Look out National League... Atlanta Braves second baseman Ozzie Albies is starting to rake again. He went 3-for-5 on Saturday as the Braves crushed the Cardinals, 11-4. Albies drove in two runs and scored two himself. You were probably smart and left him in your lineup figuring that he'd start working stuff out himself. That... Read More

2 years ago

Ronald Acuna Blasts First Homer Since Return From DL

It was a great sight for Atlanta fans on Saturday- seeing Atlanta Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna send a ball screaming into the St. Louis night for his first homer since coming back from a month-long stint on the disabled list. Acuna went 3-for-5 with two RBI and scoring three runs overall. Yes, if you started... Read More

2 years ago


Nick Markakis Drives In Five As Braves Decimate Cards

How good was Atlanta Braves outfielder Nick Markakis' Saturday night? If his team had scored no other runs than his RBI output, they still would have won, 5-4. Markakis hit a grand slam and also drove in another run on a 2-for-3 line score. He's having a great season and it makes him a must-start... Read More

2 years ago

Max Fried Dominates Cards With Ample Run Support

Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Max Fried, who was called up on Saturday, had a much better outing than his previous attempts. He struck out eleven St. Louis hitters over the course of his 6 2/3 innings. He did walk three, but that's small potatoes when one is staked an eight-run lead. The outing dropped his... Read More

2 years ago

Tyler Flowers Exits Game With Hamstring Cramp

Atlanta Braves catcher Tyler Flowers exited Friday night's game with a hamstring cramp. It could have been from the high temperatures in St. Louis. Kurt Suzuki entered the game for him. Hamstrings are tricky, especially for a position that requires a lot of squatting. We'll keep you posted.

2 years ago

Julio Teheran Fires Six Strong Innings In Win

It was a question of what was hotter on Friday night - the temperature in St. Louis or Atlanta Braves starter Julio Teheran. Teheran went six innings, striking out four while giving up two hits and walking two. It was markedly better than his previous outing, where he didn't even go five while giving up... Read More

2 years ago

Johan Camargo Drives In First Run In Nearly A Week

It's not like we could expect Atlanta Braves third baseman Johan Camargo to drive in five runs a game like he did on June 19, but it's not unfair to be disappointed that his RBI in Wednesday's game was the first since June 22. Camargo is still battling inconsistency - he's young at 24, but... Read More

2 years ago


Kurt Suzuki Drives In Run And Scores One In Loss

Atlanta Braves catcher Kurt Suzuki scored a run on Wednesday afternoon with a really cool slide, timing his slap of home plate over the outstretched arm of Reds catcher Curt Casali. He should get some style points, or something. Anyways, he's continuing a trend of production at catcher for the Braves, and if they could... Read More

2 years ago

Sean Newcomb Throws Six Solid Innings Versus Reds

Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Sean Newcomb left the game after six innings with a 5-3 lead on Wednesday. When the game was over, Atlanta had lost to the Reds 6-5, courtesy of another bullpen implosion due to the lack of closer Arodys Vizcaino. Newcomb, who gave up three runs while striking out six and walking two, was... Read More

2 years ago

Ender Inciarte Scores Run Against Reds

Atlanta Braves outfielder Ender Inciarte didn't steal any bases on Tuesday night - that was Charlie Culberson - but he did help Atlanta with his legs by scoring a run. Inciarte is a utility slot player, but he can still give you more steals as the season continues. Just hope that he stays healthy, since... Read More

2 years ago

Ozzie Albies Collects Two Hits And Scores Run As Braves Fall

Don't worry about Atlanta Braves second baseman Ozzie Albies. He's not one to really struggle for too long. While his power has gone down a bit after a hot start, he's raising his average again - he went 2-for-4 on Tuesday and scored a run. There's one more game against the Reds and then he'll... Read More

2 years ago

Tyler Flowers Drives In Run In Defeat

Atlanta Braves catcher Tyler Flowers had a good night on Tuesday, going 2-for-4 and driving in a run. It's too bad the rest of his team couldn't say the same. Flowers, who has been sharing time with Kurt Suzuki, is not a 10-team starter. He could be a two-catcher league starter, though. When you have... Read More

2 years ago


Freddie Freeman Drives In Run In Loss

Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman did what he could to help his team on Tuesday, going 1-for-4 and both driving in and scoring a run. Alas, it wasn't enough as Matt Harvey, while not dominant, kept them off balance for nearly seven innings as the Braves fell to the Reds, 5-3. Freeman has fallen... Read More

2 years ago

Anibal Sanchez Exits Game With Calf Cramping And Gets Loss

It was just not Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez's (calf) night on Tuesday. Not only did he exit the game after 4 2/3 innings due to cramping in his right calf, he also got the loss since he exited with Atlanta trailing 2-1 and they never got the lead or tied it. Maybe he... Read More

2 years ago

Ozzie Albies Collects Four Hits In Loss

Atlanta Braves second baseman Ozzie Albies may point to Saturday as the one where he turned things around, even though his team lost. Albies went 4-for-5 and drove in a run. He'd been experiencing a cold month and this was an encouraging sign. Then again, there have been many times that a player has had... Read More

2 years ago

Julio Teheran Surrenders First-Inning Grand Slam In Loss

Maybe Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Julio Teheran was emulating Hall of Famer Tom Glavine on Saturday. Glavine had a history of being vulnerable in the first inning, and that's when Baltimore got to Teheran first, with Mark Trumbo crushing a grand slam. It didn't get any better for the righty - he gave up seven... Read More

2 years ago

Freddie Freeman Scores Run In Loss To Jays

Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman didn't have a huge day on Wednesday, going 1-for-4 and scoring a run. Despite a slight cold spell that saw him hit .250 over the past week, he still possesses a .332/15/49 line. Keep starting him.

2 years ago


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