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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.


Johan Camargo Goes Deep In Loss To Dodgers

Atlanta Braves third baseman Johan Camargo continues to show his team why they like him at the hot corner. He went deep on Friday night for his fourth homer since May 29. His bat is heating up with the temperature and if he keeps this up, he's going to be an excellent play at the... Read More

2 years ago

Freddie Freeman Drives In Run In Loss To Dodgers

Not even Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman could help his team solve their road woes. He went 1-for-4 and drove in a run in Friday night's 7-3 loss. Even though the team has played .500 ball over the past 10 games, he's still hitting .336 and is on pace to have well over 100... Read More

2 years ago

Brandon McCarthy Gives Up Three Homers Versus Dodgers

Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Brandon McCarthy, who spent three seasons as a member of the Dodgers, wasn't fooling any of his former teammates on Friday night. He gave up three homers in an outing that saw him only go 4 2/3 innings. Two of those long balls were to Yasmani Grandal, his former battery mate,... Read More

2 years ago

Luiz Gohara Rocked In Relief Outing Against Pads

Atlanta Braves relief pitcher Luiz Gohara probably wishes he had stayed away for a day or two more. He did not look sharp when he came in for Julio Teheran on Monday night. Gohara went only two-thirds of an inning and gave up six runs. It was that bad. Gohara gave up six runs, and... Read More

2 years ago

Julio Teheran Gives Up Four Runs In Four-Plus Innings Against Pads

One might think that Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Julio Teheran would have been a good start on Monday night against the Padres, who are in last place in their division. That wasn't the case, as Teheran was rocked for three homers in his four-plus innings, though he was fortunate that they were all of the... Read More

2 years ago


Johan Camargo Clubs Three-Run Homer In Extra-Inning Loss

Atlanta Braves third baseman Johan Camargo has been pretty hot lately. That trend continued on Saturday, with his three-run homer being the only offense his team could muster. Camargo has three homers in his past five games. If he’s locked in and has shaken off his early season rust from missing time from being in... Read More

2 years ago

Brandon McCarthy Has Strong Outing In Extra-Inning Braves Loss

Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Brandon McCarthy was long gone by the time his team lost in the 14th inning on Saturday. He pitched pretty well against a potent Nats lineup, going six innings and giving up two runs while striking out seven. Best of all? He walked none. He’s slated to face his former team,... Read More

2 years ago

Dansby Swanson Hits Three-Run Bomb In Win Over Nats

Atlanta Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson picked a good time to collect his only hit of Friday night's game. He hit a three-run shot in the seventh inning off Stephen Strasburg. The homer was part of a four-run frame that backed starter Mike Foltynewicz. Swanson, who has struggled since coming back from injury, now has four... Read More

2 years ago

Mike Foltynewicz Hurls Gem To Outduel Stephen Strasburg

Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Mike Foltynewicz had a tough matchup on Friday night: Stephen Strasburg. He more than stepped up to the challenge by going the distance and striking out 11 Nationals as the Braves won, 4-0. Folty gave up two hits and walked one. His owners couldn't have asked for a better outing. Thanks... Read More

2 years ago

Ender Inciarte Scores Run As Braves Beat Nats

Atlanta Braves outfielder Ender Inciarte ended May, which was a rough month, on a good note. He went 2-for-4 with a run on Thursday night. It wasn't totally positive, though, as the speedster was caught stealing for the sixth time this year. He's got 18 steals, though, which is a positive for his owners. If... Read More

2 years ago


Ozzie Albies Drives In Run To Help Braves Beat Nats

Atlanta Braves shortstop Ozzie Albies didn't go deep on Thursday night. Still, he helped his team win, going 2-for-3 with an RBI. He also scored a run himself, so he certainly was beneficial for his owners' stat lines. Right now, he looks like he could definitely crack the 30-homer, 30-steal mark by the end of... Read More

2 years ago

Sean Newcomb Throws Seven Strong Innings As Braves Beat Nats

Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Sean Newcomb, who has been a really pleasant surprise for the team this season, rebounded quite nicely from his three-inning disaster against Boston on May 26. His Thursday night outing saw him go seven innings, and while he didn't post any gaudy strikeout numbers - he had all of two -... Read More

2 years ago

Johan Camargo Homers For Sole Atlanta Run In Loss

Atlanta Braves third baseman Johan Camargo hit another homer on Wednesday. This time, though, he merely circled the bases and ran into the dugout instead of greeting a mob of frenzied teammates at home plate. Camargo's homer was his fourth, and while it might be an indicator that he's heating up, he's still a ways... Read More

2 years ago

Julio Teheran Has Tough Luck As Braves Fall To Mets

It's not like Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Julio Teheran was completely dominant on Wednesday night against the Mets. He struck out only three and walked three. He did hold New York to five hits in his seven innings of work and he gave up two runs. That was ultimately one run too many as Atlanta... Read More

2 years ago

Dylan Bundy Takes Hard-Luck Loss Against Nats

It's not as if Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Dylan Bundy had a terrible game on Tuesday night. He did get some outs, but the bar was set quite low after his putrid outing earlier this season. Bundy wound up going six innings and giving up three runs while striking out six and walking none. The... Read More

2 years ago


John Hicks (C/1B, DET) - Week 9 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 44% of leagues ANALYSIS: Detroit Tigers catcher/first baseman John Hicks has been a fantasy sweetheart for the past few days, with people lining up to grab him. It might not be a product of actual play at catcher; they love that they can start him there... Read More

2 years ago

Kurt Suzuki (C, ATL) - Week 9 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 39% of leagues ANALYSIS: The return of Tyler Flowers saw a drop in the ownership of Atlanta Braves catcher Kurt Suzuki, as he is been playing every other game. He is still among the league leaders in home runs at catcher and other categories, so it... Read More

2 years ago

Sean Newcomb Not Effective As Braves Lose To Boston

Atlanta Braves pitcher Sean Newcomb, a native of Brockton, Mass., didn’t have a good homecoming. He lasted only three innings, throwing 88 pitches in that span. He struck out four and walked four while giving up three runs. He’ll next face the Mets, who have been scuffling, so he’s a good start.

2 years ago

Dansby Swanson Has Good Day In Loss To Boston

Atlanta Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson is getting back into the groove after missing time with an injury. He went 2-for-4 on Saturday with a two-run homer off Drew Pomeranz. Alas, it was not enough as the Braves fell, 8-6. He’s worth a start at either short or utility.

2 years ago

Chris Davis Goes Deep In Loss To Rays

The only thing that Baltimore Orioles first baseman Chris Davis, who was the DH, can hope is that his solo homer on Saturday, the lone run in Baltimore’s 5-1 loss to Tampa Bay, is that it might ignite him. Given his woes, you’re better off waiting for some more consistency before putting him in your... Read More

2 years ago


Andrew Cashner Struggles Badly In Loss To Rays

Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Andrew Cashner found himself in a very deep hole very quickly on Saturday. After two innings, he’d given up five runs, all earned. Ultimately, he went five-plus, striking out four and walking four. He’s sitting on a 5.07 ERA and his negatives outweigh his positives right now. He’s going to start... Read More

2 years ago

Jonathan Schoop Goes Deep As Orioles Beat Rays

Baltimore Orioles second baseman Jonathan Schoop has been making up for lost time. He blasted his fifth homer of the season, a solo shot that would have been sufficient had Danny Valencia not driven in another run in Baltimore's 2-0 win over Tampa Bay. David Hess was the beneficiary of Schoop's homer. Hess and Valencia... Read More

2 years ago

Nick Markakis Drives In Only Braves Runs In Loss To Boston

Atlanta Braves outfielder Nick Markakis didn't let switching outfield positions with Ronald Acuna faze him on Friday night. He drove in two runs to make it 34 RBI on the season. The two people he plated were the only runs Atlanta could muster as they lost, 6-2. Markakis has been hitting out of his mind... Read More

2 years ago

Julio Teheran Gives Up Two Homers In Loss To Boston

Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Julio Teheran didn't have TOO terrible a start Friday night. He went six innings and gave up three runs. Problem was, he gave up two homers and also walked three. The Atlanta bats could only muster two runs, so Teheran was saddled with the loss. He's now got a 4.20 ERA... Read More

2 years ago

Week 8 Waiver Wire - Catchers

The recent 80-game suspension of Chicago White Sox catcher Welington Castillo for violating the Joint Drug Agreement caused a seismic shift in terms of add/drops at the position. Seriously, I looked at "Transaction Trends" on Yahoo! and enough people had dropped him recently to fill up a basketball arena. OK, maybe to two-thirds capacity. Still,... Read More

2 years ago


Ronald Acuna Drives In Run To Help Braves Beat Phillies

Atlanta Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna isn't the young sensation of the moment. That's now Juan Soto. Still, Acuna is showing that he belongs in the majors, going 2-for-5 on Tuesday night while hitting a crucial RBI single to drive in Ozzie Albies. Acuna may struggle some as the league adjusts to him, but he's got... Read More

2 years ago

Ozzie Albies Homers In Win Over Phillies

Atlanta Braves second baseman Ozzie Albies continues to be a big source of power this season. He went deep again on Tuesday night to give him 14 long balls and a brief tie atop the National League leaders in long balls. Bryce Harper then hit homer No. 15 and Albies is second again. Not that... Read More

2 years ago

Andrew Cashner Scuffles Late But Gets Win Over White Sox

Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Andrew Cashner was cruising for much of the early to middle parts of Monday night's game against Chicago, thanks to solo homers from Manny Machado, Adam Jones and Mark Trumbo. Then he began faltering, giving up a run in the fifth and sixth innings. Fortunately, manager Buck Showalter got him out... Read More

2 years ago

Darren O'Day May Need Rehab Games Before Returning

Baltimore Orioles reliever Darren O'Day, who hyperextended his right elbow, is back throwing and will likely need a couple of rehab games in the minors to shake the rust off. Given how wobbly Brad Brach was on Monday, loading the bases before striking out Trayce Thompson to end the game, O'Day may be summoned to... Read More

2 years ago

Zach Britton Slated To Begin Rehab Assignment On May 30

Baltimore Orioles closer Zach Britton sees light at the end of the tunnel with his rehab from his Achilles injury. The lefty reliever will be going to Triple-A Norfolk on May 30 and the team will likely monitor him for a bit before activating him for the rest of the season. Get ready to start... Read More

2 years ago


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