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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.


Mookie Betts Homers But Also Leaves Game Early With Injury

Mookie Betts homered in the first inning for Boston's only run in their 2-1 loss to Minnesota. That was the only good news for him since he left the game in the fifth inning with right knee soreness. This is bad timing since he has been very hot of late - his average is now... Read More

4 years ago

Week 16 Waiver Wire: Catchers

The All-Star break is over and it's been hard to get back into the swing of things. Well, many of the catchers have been able to use that excuse for a large portion of the season. We're back looking for gold in all this patch of dirt. Anyway, we're in the second half of the season and... Read More

4 years ago

Jackie Bradley Jr. Drives in Three Runs in Laugher Over Twins

It almost seemed that Red Sox hitters were forming a conga line around the bases like in an old Bugs Bunny cartoon during Thursday's game against Minnesota. Jackie Bradley Jr. got into the act, hitting a solo homer and driving in two others in Boston's 13-2 blowout win over the Twins. He's now hitting .297... Read More

4 years ago

David Ortiz Blasts Another Homer in Win

No, this isn't a repeat. David Ortiz, who hit a memorable batting practice homer that got stuck in the famous Pesky Pole before Thursday's game, hit one over the bullpen when the runs actually counted. Granted, it was a two-run shot in the eighth when the score was already 11-2, but he still got to... Read More

4 years ago

Steven Wright Cruises To Win Over Twins

Steven Wright got nine runs worth of support from Red Sox hitters in his eight-inning outing. The truth was, he really only needed three of them as he gave up two runs, one of them earned. Boston scored four more runs off Twins pitching after he exited to make the final score 13-2. Wright continues... Read More

4 years ago


Drew Pomeranz Falters in First Boston Start

Drew Pomeranz is lucky the Red Sox batters brought their A-Game on Wednesday. First, they staked him to an eight-run lead. He nearly coughed all that up in the fourth inning, giving up five runs and not even recording an out before he was mercifully removed. Boston went on to win the game, 11-7, but... Read More

4 years ago

Sandy Leon Triples and Homers in Victory

Sandy Leon continues to impress this season. He hit his first triple of the year courtesy of a generous carom off the Green Monster that got past Denard Span and also crushed another homer, his third. That's impressive given that he's had less than half the at-bats of many other catchers. His average is a... Read More

4 years ago

Mookie Betts Has Big Night in Win

Mookie Betts also feasted on Matt Cain and other San Francisco pitchers on Wednesday night. He went 3-for-5 and drove in a run in the Red Sox's 11-7 win. After a season-long push, he's kept his average up above .300 since the All-Star break. It's currently .302. Keep starting him in the outfield or at... Read More

4 years ago

Hanley Ramirez Smashes Three Homers in Win

Hanley Ramirez had quite the night, hitting three homers in Boston's 11-7 win over San Francisco. He'd started the second half of the season in a bit of a slump but he looks like he righted himself. While he didn't join the likes of Josh Hamilton in the 4-homer club, his 3-for-4 night raised his... Read More

4 years ago

David Ortiz Blasts Yet Another Homer in Victory

David Ortiz gave Rick Porcello all the breathing room he needed when he blasted a three-run homer to right field in the fourth inning. It was a monster shot, his longest of the season. The shot was homer No. 23. Big Papi continues to crank the homers. He's the best DH in the game and... Read More

4 years ago


Rick Porcello Has Solid Outing in Win Over Giants

Rick Porcello didn't dazzle during Tuesday's victory over San Francisco. He went 6 1/3 innings while striking out three and walking two. It was more than enough for him to get his record up to 12-2. His ERA is now 3.47, which is very impressive for a pitcher who looked like a dumpster fire during... Read More

4 years ago

Koji Uehara Departs Game With Injury

Hope you didn't pick up Koji Uehara to tide your team over until Craig Kimbrel returned from his surgery. Uehara was pitching to Buster Posey and grabbed his right shoulder after throwing a ball to the Giants catcher. He then left the game with the trainer. There's no news as to what the injury is,... Read More

4 years ago

David Price Can't Pitch Boston to Sweep of Yankees

David Price had a prime chance to pitch himself to at least co-ace status with Steven Wright. Instead, he had a mediocre outing, going 5 2/3 innings and gave up three runs while throwing 109 pitches. Even worse, Boston lost the chance to sweep the Yankees in their three-game series. He didn't give up any... Read More

4 years ago

Dustin Pedroia Provides Only Offense for Red Sox on Quiet Night

Dustin Pedroia gave Boston its only run that it would score on Sunday night. He clubbed a solo homer and that was all the Red Sox could muster off Masahiro Tanaka and the three-headed Yankee bullpen that's known as No Run DMC. After his 1-for-4 effort, he's now squarely at .300. Relax. He will likely... Read More

4 years ago

Sandy Leon Helps Ruin CC Sabathia's Day in Red Sox Victory

OK. I'm beginning to like Sandy Leon more and more. Yeah, he's hit .431 over his last 30 games and he is getting a lot of playing time now, starting all but three of Boston's games so far in July. He hit a backbreaking three-run homer off CC Sabathia in Saturday's victory over the Yankees.... Read More

4 years ago


Jackie Bradley Jr. Has Stellar Day in Win

You'd think that Jackie Bradley Jr. would have struggled against CC Sabathia on Saturday given the lefty-lefty matchup. Not so. He went 3-for-4 and scored two runs in Boston's 5-2 win over the Yankees. His efforts helped hasten Sabathia's exit. The outfielder is now thisclose to getting his average back up above .300. Keep him... Read More

4 years ago

Eduardo Rodriguez Stymies Bombers For Seven Innings in Return

Eduardo Rodriguez was sent down to the Minor Leagues to try to get himself back together again. An ERA that's north of 7.00 will make management do that. The lefty looked like the promising hurler that we saw last year on Saturday against the Yankees. He went seven innings and really only made one mistake... Read More

4 years ago

Travis Shaw Drives in Two Runs in Boston Win

Travis Shaw, who grabbed the third-base job from Pablo Sandoval and never looked back, has had an up-and-down season. Overall he's done a fairly good job at his position. He started the second half by hitting a crucial two-run homer off Michael Pineda in the fifth inning. His average is .269 and he's got double-digit... Read More

4 years ago

Xander Bogaerts Starts Off Second Half With a Bang

Xander Bogaerts showed that the All-Star break didn't disrupt his timing. He hit a two-run shot, which was the difference-maker in Boston's 5-3 win over the Yankees. Overall, he went 1-for-5 and while his average has dipped a bit to .327, he's still a must-start at shortstop even though he has struggled against Saturday's pitcher,... Read More

4 years ago

Steven Wright Gets Help From Bullpen in Win

Steven Wright was cruising for much of his first start of the second half. He'd been staked to a five-run lead. This was Boston-New York, though and he left after six innings and three runs surrendered, all earned. His ERA remains a very solid 2.78. That's always the nature of Red Sox-Yankees games: No lead... Read More

4 years ago


Mookie Betts Ends First Half By Breaking .300 Mark

Mookie Betts, who has been chasing .300 for the past couple of weeks, finally did it on Sunday. The outfielder went 3-for-4 in Boston's 4-0 win over Tampa Bay to end the half with a .304 average. With his 18 homers, he's helped form a "Killer B" trio with Xander Bogaerts and Jackie Bradley Jr..... Read More

4 years ago

David Ortiz Hits Yet Another Homer To Stay Hot Before All-Star Game

David Ortiz probably wishes that there was no All-Star break since he's been so hot. He hit homer No. 22 on Sunday, a two-run shot that provided all that David Price needed to shut down the Tampa Bay Rays. Big Papi went 1-for-3 on the day with two walks. He ends the first half with... Read More

4 years ago

David Price Closes Out First Half With Gem Over Former Team

Players, especially pitchers, like to go into the All-Star break on a good note. David Price did that on Sunday, confounding his old team for eight shutout innings while striking out 10. He only walked one and he earned his ninth win of the season. While a 9-6 record with a 4.34 ERA might not... Read More

4 years ago

Jackie Bradley Jr. Collects Two Hits in Win

Jackie Bradley Jr. got two hits in Saturday's win over Tampa Bay. The outfielder, who many thought was another bad season away from being completely out of the Red Sox organization, has really blossomed this season. His average has fallen off some, but he's inching it back up towards .300 again. Keep starting him.

4 years ago

Xander Bogaerts Helps Power Boston to Win Over Rays

Xander Bogaerts showed everyone again on Saturday why he's an All-Star. He cranked a two-run homer in the fourth inning of Boston's 4-1 win over Tampa Bay. It was his 10th jack of the season and it shows why he's considered an all-around threat this season. Look for more of same during the second half... Read More

4 years ago


Rick Porcello Pitches Well in Final Start Before All-Star Break

Rick Porcello recovered nicely from giving up a first-inning homer to Brad Miller to record win No. 11 of the season. Too bad that wasn't enough for him to join Steven Wright on the American League All-Star team roster. He went seven innings and struck out five while walking none. After his poor spring training... Read More

4 years ago

Craig Kimbrel to Have Knee Surgery

Craig Kimbrel injured his left knee prior to Friday night's game against Tampa Bay. He was placed on the 15-day DL for a medial meniscus tear in that knee. Surgery will be next and he's expected to miss three to six weeks. Boston traded for Brad Ziegler, who will be the closer in his absence.... Read More

4 years ago

Dustin Pedroia Keeps Solid Season Going in Win

Dustin Pedroia missed out on being a Final Vote choice for the All-Star Game, but he's been more than worthy to play with his peers. Pedey went 1-for-4 and scored a run in Boston's 6-5 win over Tampa Bay on Friday. His intense style of play may mean he goes into mini-slumps over the course... Read More

4 years ago

Hanley Ramirez Scores Run in Victory

Hanley Ramirez continued his solid first half of the season on Friday. He went 1-for-3 and scored a run. He's been quite hot of late, hitting .529 in July. That effort has brought his average up to .288. While he's not mashing homers, he's still on target to have 16 or slightly more for the... Read More

4 years ago

Aaron Hill Has Strong Red Sox Debut in Win

Aaron Hill was traded to the Red Sox to give them infield depth. He started at third base on Friday night and went 2-for-4 and drove in two very important runs in Boston's 6-5 win over Tampa Bay. The Red Sox got him at the right time - he's been hot, getting a hit in... Read More

4 years ago


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