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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.


Peter Bourjos Goes Deep In Loss To Jays

Atlanta Braves outfielder Peter Bourjos, who has largely been an afterthought in both fantasy and real life since joining the team in the spring, did something noteworthy on Wednesday, connecting for a solo homer for his first round-tripper of the year. He's still hitting below .200, so don't bother devoting any roster space for him.

2 years ago

Ozzie Albies Remains Fairly Cold At Plate In Loss

Atlanta Braves second baseman Ozzie Albies has been fairly cold over the course of his past 30 games, hitting a mere .207 with three homers and 11 RBI. He didn't do much damage on Wednesday, going 1-for-4, and he didn't drive in or score any runs. He's due to get hot at some point, so... Read More

2 years ago

Kurt Suzuki Drives in Two Runs In Loss

Atlanta Braves catcher Kurt Suzuki continued his hot hitting on Wednesday since getting knocked out of Sunday's game by a backswing, hitting a solo homer and then singling in a run later on in the game. It wasn't enough, though, as Toronto won 5-4. If Suzuki keeps this up, he might even become useful in single-catcher... Read More

2 years ago

Anibal Sanchez Has Rough Outing In Loss To Jays

Perhaps it was familiarity. Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez, who pitched in the American League for nearly six seasons, was not sharp in Toronto on Wednesday. He did strike out seven hitters over the course of his five innings, but he also gave up four runs and walked four. Quite uneven to say the... Read More

2 years ago

Ender Inciarte Drives In Three Runs To Help Braves Romp

Atlanta Braves outfielder Ender Inciarte continued to wield a hot bat on Tuesday. He went 3-for-4 and drove in three runs and scored three runs. His owners reaped a lot of benefits if they started him. Inciarte had driven in seven runs over his past 10 games, which is not shabby for someone who is... Read More

2 years ago


Kurt Suzuki Scores Twice In Return From Injury

Atlanta Braves catcher Kurt Suzuki, who left Sunday's action after being clocked in the head by a backswing, was showing no ill effects on Tuesday. He went 2-for-5 and scored two runs as Atlanta won handily, 11-4. Since the game was in Toronto, he was the designated hitter and not behind the plate. Overall as... Read More

2 years ago

Mike Soroka Can't Make It Five Innings Despite Big Lead

As we said earlier, it was a risky move to start Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Mike Soroka in your lineup Tuesday. Maybe it was nerves that ultimately kept Soroka from making it through five innings on Tuesday despite being staked to an early six-run lead. After all, the 20-year-old righty was pitching in his home country... Read More

2 years ago

Johan Camargo Has Career Night As Braves Thump Jays

Atlanta Braves third baseman Johan Camargo continued his hot hitting on Tuesday, going 4-for-5 with five RBI as Atlanta romped over Toronto, 11-4. Four of those RBI came on one swing with a grand slam off Jaime Garcia. He's driven in nine runs over his past four games. Yes, the man is on fire. Start... Read More

2 years ago

Mike Soroka A Possible Risk Against Jays

Yes, Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Mike Soroka has been pitching more like someone who has been in the Majors for a while instead of being shy of his 21st birthday. The righty, who just came back from an injury, sports a 2-1 record with a 2.57 ERA. Still, he's going to be pitching on Tuesday... Read More

2 years ago

Arodys Vizcaino Preserves 1-0 Shutout For Save No, 14

Atlanta Braves closer Arodys Vizcaino pitched a strong ninth inning on Saturday, giving up one hit and striking out two in his inning of work to save a 1-0 shutout for Sean Newcomb. The save was No. 14 and he lowered his ERA to 1.88. Vizcaino is a Top 10 closer and should be in... Read More

2 years ago


Sean Newcomb Hurls Six Dominant Innings In Win Over Pads

Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Sean Newcomb continued his stellar 2018 campaign on Saturday, keeping the San Diego Padres in check during his six innings. He struck out seven and walked one. The end result? An 8-2 record and his ERA is now 2.70. The lefty will face Baltimore at home - start him.

2 years ago

Johan Camargo Drives In Two Runs In Loss

Atlanta Braves third baseman Johan Camargo did what he could to help the Braves win on Friday, slashing a two-run single in the second to briefly tie the game. Sadly, he couldn't also pitch in relief as the bullpen imploded en route to a 9-3 loss. He's now got 23 RBI, which isn't too bad... Read More

2 years ago

Brandon McCarthy Guts Out Nearly Six Innings In Loss

Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Brandon McCarthy, who has a ... let's say... tenuous grasp on his spot in the rotation, began Friday night's game in less than stellar fashion. He gave up two runs, but then kept San Diego off the board until he departed in the sixth, having gone 5 2/3 frames while striking... Read More

2 years ago

Ozzie Albies Drives In Run As Atlanta Beats San Diego

Atlanta Braves second baseman Ozzie Albies is learning that it's a long season with ups and downs. He had a down period earlier, but he's coming back to life again. He didn't homer on Thursday, but he did drive in a run to help the Braves beat the Padres 4-2. He's now got 41 RBI... Read More

2 years ago

Tyson Ross Gives Up Three Runs In Loss To Braves

San Diego Padres starting pitcher Tyson Ross technically did have a quality start on Thursday night. He went six innings and gave up three runs while striking out four and walking one. Ross is having a pretty decent season with a 3.51 ERA after his most recent outing. He's also averaging roughly a strikeout per... Read More

2 years ago


Ender Inciarte Drives In Two Runs As Braves Beat Padres

Atlanta Braves outfielder Ender Inciarte is useful in fantasy baseball for one reason and one reason only: his legs. He's got an MLB-leading 20 steals and we're barely in mid-June. He did add some value on Thursday night, hitting a solo homer and driving in another run as Atlanta beat San Diego. Still, he's your... Read More

2 years ago

Eric Hosmer Drives In Both Runs For Padres In Loss

San Diego Padres first baseman Eric Hosmer has been quite streaky all season. Perhaps part of it has to do with him getting used to a new league and team. While he hasn't been the offensive force that the Padres hoped for by throwing all that money at him, he hasn't been terrible. Lately, he's... Read More

2 years ago

Anibal Sanchez Stymies Padres For Seven Innings In Win

Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez continued his strong season on Thursday night, blanking the San Diego Padres for seven frames. The veteran right-hander struck out six Friars and walked none. Overall, he's now 3-0 and has a sparkling 1.93 ERA. How long can this continue for a pitcher with a 4.06 lifetime ERA? Ride... Read More

2 years ago

Dansby Swanson Scores Run In 2-0 Win Over Mets

Atlanta Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson has had a decent June with three multi-hit games so far and five games with at least a hit. That was the case on Wednesday when he went 1-for-4 and scored a run on Freddie Freeman's RBI single. He won't knock your socks off at shortstop, but he won't kill... Read More

2 years ago

Arodys Vizcaino Preserves Shutout For Save No. 12

Atlanta Braves closer Arodys Vizcaino didn't have a perfect ninth inning on Wednesday. He had to dance around a walk and a hit, but he still wound up shaking Kurt Suzuki's hand after nailing down save No. 12 on the season. As of now, he's in the top 10 for saves, which means he should... Read More

2 years ago


Freddie Freeman Drives In Both Runs As Braves Shut Out Mets

Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman, also known as the Mets killer, had another day of hurting his division rival. Freeman went 2-for-4 with a homer and an RBI single on Wednesday as the Braves won, 2-0. The lefty-hitting slugger is still at a .344 average and is one of the most destructive forces in... Read More

2 years ago

Mike Soroka Muzzles Mets For Nearly Seven Innings In Win

Well, that was a nice way for Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Mike Soroka to come back. The rookie held the New York Mets hitless through six innings on Wednesday and gave up only one hit in 6 1/3 frames - a single to Michael Conforto. Soroka then left the game after striking out Todd Frazier,... Read More

2 years ago

Nick Markakis Has Strong Night At Plate To Help Braves Beat Mets

Atlanta Braves outfielder Nick Markakis continued his strong season, going 3-for-4 on Tuesday night with an RBI. Overall he's hitting .333 with eight homers and 44 RBI. The power numbers aren't eye-popping but everything else is pretty darn good. He's more than deserving of an outfield spot in your lineup, even with a tough draw... Read More

2 years ago

Mike Foltynewicz Masterful In Five Frames Against Mets

Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Mike Foltynewicz briefly had people wondering if he was going to throw a no-hitter against the Mets on Tuesday night. Alas, he wound up giving two hits, but no New York hitter crossed the plate when he was on the mound. Ultimately, he struck out six and walked no one. There... Read More

2 years ago

Freddie Freeman Homers As Braves Thump Mets

If it hasn't already happened, Mets fans will start sweating every time Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman strides to the plate. Freeman has taken Chipper Jones' Mets killer mantle and he did it again Tuesday night, going deep on a night that saw him drive in a run and score another run. The hulking... Read More

2 years ago


Ozzie Albies Crushes Grand Slam To Help Braves Beat Mets

Look out, MLB. Braves second baseman Ozzie Albies is starting to heat up again. After not homering since May 22, he's gone deep two games in a row. After going deep on Sunday, Albies launched a ball into the stands on Tuesday with the bases loaded in the sixth. The grand slam was the big... Read More

2 years ago

Mike Soroka To Be Activated Against Mets

It looks like Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Mike Soroka will be taking the ball for the first time in a month after a stint on the disabled list. He's going to be facing a Mets team that's been pretty kind to opposing pitchers in the past week or so. The 20-year-old Soroka's going to be... Read More

2 years ago

Arodys Vizcaino Gets Save No. 11 As Braves Beat Dodgers

Atlanta Braves closer Arodys Vizcaino looks like he's on track for at least 30 saves this season. He got No. 11 on Saturday night, pitching around one hit in the ninth inning to get the save. Vizcaino is going to be the guy for Atlanta as long as he's healthy, and chances are good that... Read More

2 years ago

Tyler Flowers Drives In Three Runs As Braves Beat Dodgers

It hasn't been the most consistent season for Atlanta Braves catcher Tyler Flowers, who missed time earlier due to injury. He managed to drive in a quarter of his season total of RBI on Sunday night, plating three Braves to help propel them to a 5-3 win. He's now got 12 RBI, though he's only... Read More

2 years ago

Anibal Sanchez Gives Up Two Runs As Braves Beat Dodgers

It wasn't the most quality of starts on Saturday night for Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez - he only went 5 1/3 innings and gave up two runs, both earned, and walked two - but he did enough to get a win. Sanchez struck out five and got some offensive support as Atlanta won,... Read More

2 years ago


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