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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.


Mike Foltynewicz Gets No Run Support In Loss To Phillies

Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Mike Foltynewicz went six innings on Monday night and gave up a mere run, a homer to Nick Williams. That was all Philly really needed since they shut down the Braves 3-0. Folty's next game will be on the road against the Red Sox, one of the better offenses in all... Read More

2 years ago

Alex Cobb A Risky Start Friday Against Red Sox

The East coast has had rainy weather and those who own Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Alex Cobb may hope that it rains heavily in Boston on Friday. The weather report says that it's going to only be partly cloudy, so Cobb will take the mound. He's going to go up against a team that's hit... Read More

2 years ago

Andrew Susac Gets Hit In First Game As Oriole

Baltimore Orioles catcher Andrew Susac, who replaced the optioned Caleb Joseph on the roster, surely got a thrill when he got his first hit in an Oriole uniform off David Price on Thursday night. Overall, it did nothing, since the Red Sox lefty pretty much cruised the entire game, but it did keep Susac from... Read More

2 years ago

Manny Machado Is Lone Offense In Loss To Boston

Baltimore Orioles shortstop Manny Machado's two-run homer in the ninth inning felt like a non-event. The only thing it did was keep them from being shut out by David Price, who was in control the whole game. Machado, though, was able to improve his resume a bit more, since the dinger was No. 14 on... Read More

2 years ago

Kevin Gausman Can't Go Five Innings In Loss

Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Kevin Gausman was not on point on Thursday night in Boston. He went 4 2/3 innings and gave up six runs, all earned. He did strike out six, but he also walked two. The bad night bumped his ERA up to 3.88, and he'd been fairly consistent before this game. He'll... Read More

2 years ago


Johan Camargo Drives In Run As Braves Beat Cubs

No, Atlanta Braves shortstop Johan Camargo didn't drive in his RBI on Wednesday night with a highlight-reel-worthy triple where he just beat a tag. He plated his run by working out a bases-loaded walk. Whatever. Fantasy stats don't care how it was done... his RBI total is now 11. He's still struggling at the plate... Read More

2 years ago

Freddie Freeman Drives In Run As Braves Win

Yeah, this might sound repetitious - Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman had another great night on Wednesday. He went 2-for-3, scoring a run and driving in one himself. His RBI was the first of the game when he plated Ozzie Albies, who scored two runs, with a single. Freeman had BETTER be in your... Read More

2 years ago

Arodys Vizcaino Nails Down 4-1 Win For Braves

Blown save? What blown save? Atlanta Braves relief pitcher Arodys Vizcaino did what relievers who have blown saves over the decades have done: pitch the next night like nothing happened. Fortunately, Vizcaino didn't pull a Derrick Turnbow and blow ANOTHER game. Instead, he threw a clean ninth, striking out one en route to save No.... Read More

2 years ago

Brandon McCarthy Goes Six Strong Innings But Gets No-Decision

Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Brandon McCarthy has struggled this season. How can you tell? His ERA is 5.05 even AFTER his six-inning, one-run outing on Wednesday night against the Cubs. The righty struck out eight and walked two. He'll likely face the Phillies on the road next and given the rather hitter-friendly dimensions of that... Read More

2 years ago

Ronald Acuna Drives In Go-Ahead Run As Braves Beat Cubs

Atlanta Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna had an excellent Wednesday night. He went 2-for-4 and scored a run. He also broke a 1-1 tie in the eighth with an RBI-single to help the Braves win, 4-1. He scored later that inning on a bases-loaded walk. While he's not hitting his lofty .300+, he's still quite an... Read More

2 years ago


Adam Jones Is Only Offense As Orioles Fall To Phillies

Baltimore Orioles outfielder Adam Jones got the Camden Yards crowd going early when he hit a solo shot in the first frame of Wednesday afternoon's game against the Phillies. Alas, it was the only run that the O's could get across the plate for the rest of the game. Jones now has seven homers, which... Read More

2 years ago

Andrew Cashner Is Unlucky In Loss To Phillies

Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Andrew Cashner didn't have too terrible a game on Wednesday afternoon. He went 5 2/3 innings and gave up three runs, all earned. The righty also struck out six, though he did walk three. Part of that was because it was raining, but he held his own. The problem is that... Read More

2 years ago

Mike Foltynewicz Pitches Well But Gets No-Decision

Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Mike Foltynewicz went five strong innings and collected 10 strikeouts. The reason that he exited after five innings, though, was because he also walked five hitters. Still, he gave up a run during that span and it was unearned. He didn't factor in the decision because closer Arodys Vizcaino blew the... Read More

2 years ago

Arodys Vizcaino Blows Save As Braves Lose

Atlanta Braves closer Arodys Vizcaino didn't seem to benefit from having Monday off. The closer came into Tuesday's game to nail down a 2-1 lead. It didn't go well. First, he gave up a run-scoring double to Addison Russell. Then Ben Zobrist singled in Russell. Vizcaino has seven saves on the season, so he's going... Read More

2 years ago

Tyler Flowers Drives In Two Runs As Braves Win

Atlanta Braves catcher Tyler Flowers is likely hoping that Monday's game was a launching pad for his season. He hit his first homer of the year, a two-run shot. While he only has 25 at-bats due to injury, he's going to get a lot more if he stays healthy. Who wouldn't want a catcher that's... Read More

2 years ago


Ozzie Albies Goes Deep Yet Again As Braves Win

Atlanta Braves second baseman Ozzie Albies homered again on Monday, going 3-for-5 with a solo shot. Bryce Harper has to be wondering when he's going to have to stop looking in the rearview mirror with Albies. This is a guy that you want in your lineup day in and day out in all fantasy leagues.

2 years ago

Jose Bautista Hits Go-Ahead Homer In WIn

Look out National League East. Atlanta Braves third baseman Jose Bautista may be warming up. Bautista went 1-for-4 on Monday afternoon, but that one hit was a three-run bomb that made the difference as Atlanta won 6-5. If Bautista can show sustained power, he could be a very good start in deeper leagues. We'd just... Read More

2 years ago

Mike Soroka Struggles But Gets No-Decision As Braves Win

Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Mike Soroka is learning some very valuable lessons as he makes his way through his first season. The 20-year-old... yeah, he can't even legally drink yet.. gave up five runs on eight hits. Only one of them was earned, though. Soroka did strike out seven and walk only one in the... Read More

2 years ago

Jose Bautista Hits First Homer As Brave

Well, he got that out of the way. Atlanta Braves third baseman Jose Bautista finally launched one into the stands on Saturday night. It was a solo homer in the sixth inning. He's got to feel like a weight is off his back. Maybe now he can start raking like the Joey Bats of old.... Read More

2 years ago

Trey Mancini Goes Yard As O's Lose Second Game of Doubleheader

Baltimore Orioles outfielder Trey Mancini briefly gave home fans a reason to smile as he hit his fifth homer of the season in the first inning of the second game of their doubleheader. He'd gone hitless in the first game. Overall, he drove in two runs and scored two runs and his average is at... Read More

2 years ago


Freddie Freeman Drives In Three As Braves Romp Over Marlins

Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman continues to wreak havoc over the National League. He crushed not one but two homers on Saturday night - a solo shot and a two-run dinger - and drove in three runs overall. He's benefitting from everyone around him hitting... since that means pitchers have to go right at... Read More

2 years ago

Alex Cobb Gives Up Four Runs As Orioles Lose Second Game Of DH

It's damning with faint praise to say that Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Alex Cobb wasn't TOO bad on Saturday night - he gave up four runs over 5 2/3 innings. Three of those runs were earned and he did strike out five and walk none. Still, his ERA is a ghastly 7.06 and he's going... Read More

2 years ago

Freddie Freeman Has Amazing Night At Plate In Win

Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman is enjoying having players like Ozhaino Albies and Ronald Acuna hitting in front of him and Nick Markakis hitting behind him - there's no pitching around him to get to them. So he's feasting now, as evidenced by his 5-for-5 showing on Thursday night. He drove in two runs... Read More

2 years ago

Adam Jones Drives In Three To Lead O's to Laugher

Baltimore Orioles outfielder Adam Jones has always been a solid player but not the complete breakout superstar many thought when he came in the Erik Bedard trade. He could be on his way to a fantastic season though - he hit homer No. 6 on Thursday night and drove in three runs while scoring three... Read More

2 years ago

Nick Markakis Continues Hot Hitting As Braves Romp

Atlanta Braves outfielder Nick Markakis was really hot during Spring Training... and it's carried over into the regular season. The veteran went 2-for-5 on Thursday night and scored two runs. Overall, he's hitting .340 with seven homers and 28 RBI. He's a very solid start and if he keeps this up, he could wind up... Read More

2 years ago


Trey Mancini Has Strong Night To Help O's Come Back

Baltimore Orioles outfielder Trey Mancini surely wishes he was off to a better start, but he certainly had a great Thursday night. He went 3-for-5 and drove in two runs, both of them on a two-run homer, his fourth of the season. Mancini is good to have for outfield depth if you have a very... Read More

2 years ago

Ozhaino Albies Hits Grand Slam To Lead Braves To Easy Win

Many thought that Atlanta Braves second baseman Ozhaino "Ozzie" Albies was going to have a strong 2018 season. I don't think they expected him to already have 11 homers by mid-May. Albies hit No. 11 on Thursday night, and it was a grand slam. He finished the night with five RBI to help Atlanta win,... Read More

2 years ago

Manny Machado Crushes Homer No. 10 As O's Roar Back

Baltimore Orioles shortstop Manny Machado has one mission this season - destroy baseballs so many times that teams will be lining up with mega-contracts during the off-season. We're talking deals that make the lottery look like pocket change. He's doing a good job of that, hitting his tenth long ball of the season on Thursday... Read More

2 years ago

Week 6 Waiver Wire - Catchers

I was watching Hall of Fame catcher Johnny Bench be interviewed recently and he said something that piqued my interest: catchers are better now than in the past. Of course, he was quick to say that they aren't doing as well statistically, but they are much better athletes and are blocking balls better in the... Read More

2 years ago

Brad Brach Gets Save As Orioles Finally Win Again

Baltimore Orioles relief pitcher Brad Brach still knows he's holding the seat for closer Zach Britton. Brach was given the ball in the ninth on Wednesday because fellow reliever Darren O'Day is now on the disabled list with a hyperextended elbow. Fireballer Tanner Scott was brought up, too. Brach should get the save opportunities until... Read More

2 years ago


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