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About Michael Grennell - RotoBaller

I've been writing about baseball for six years now, and I've been playing fantasy baseball for almost 10. I spent the 2016 season as the beat writer covering the Ogden Raptors for the local newspaper, and now I'm the social media intern/team photographer for the Bristol Pirates.

Michael Grennell - RotoBaller has written 84 articles so far, you can find them below.

Two-Start Pitcher Streamers for Week 22

Prepare yourself for a rookie heavy column this week, as three of the five starters listed here still have rookie eligibility. But first a quick recap. I managed to have the absolute worst luck in Week 20, as every single pitcher in that column had their starts moved around and as a result had only... Read More

6 months ago

Domingo Santana Placed on Injured List

Seattle Mariners outfielder Domingo Santana (elbow) has been placed on the injured list with right elbow inflammation, according to The Athletics' Corey Brock. Santana has been dealing with a sore elbow for some time, as he is hitting .131 with a .490 OPS since the All-Star break. In a corresponding move, the Mariners have called up... Read More

6 months ago

Matt Wisler To Open Against Tampa Bay

The Seattle Mariners will use pitcher Matt Wisler as their opener on Tuesday night in Tampa Bay, with Tommy Milone scheduled to follow afterwards, according to writer Greg Johns. Milone has struggled in recent outings, but he showed some improvement in his last appearance when he earned the win against Detroit after allowing two runs... Read More

6 months ago

Harrison Bader Recalled by St. Louis

The St. Louis Cardinals announced on Tuesday that they have recalled outfielder Harrison Bader from Triple-A Memphis and optioned outfielder Randy Arozarena to Triple-A. In 90 games with St. Louis this year, Bader had struggled at the plate with a .195 average and .648 OPS, but since joining Memphis at the end of July he... Read More

6 months ago

Carlos Correa Expected to Miss A Couple Days

Houston Astros Manager A.J. Hinch said on MLB Network Radio that shortstop Carlos Correa (back) will likely be out for a couple days after leaving Monday's game with discomfort in his back. Hinch stated that Correa will not be in the lineup on Tuesday night and that the "couple of days" prognosis is a "best-case scenario."... Read More

6 months ago

Nomar Mazara Placed on IL with Oblique Strain

After exiting Monday's game early, Texas Rangers outfielder Nomar Mazara (oblique) has been placed on the injured list with an oblique strain, according to Dallas Morning News writer Evan Grant. Shin-Soo Choo and Hunter Pence will likely see a slight increase in playing time with Mazara out. In a corresponding move, the Rangers have called up... Read More

6 months ago

Shohei Ohtani, Albert Pujols Out Of Game 1 Lineup

Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani and first baseman Albert Pujols are sitting out of the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader with the Rangers. There's no word of injury for either player, so they should be back in the lineup for Game 2. Matt Thaiss will start at first for the Angels, and Justin... Read More

6 months ago

Shin-Soo Choo Not in Lineup Against Angels in Game 1

Texas Rangers outfielder Shin-Soo Choo is not in the starting lineup for the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader with the Angels. Much like teammate Elvis Andrus, Choo is likely just sitting out the early game and should be back in the lineup for the nightcap.

6 months ago

Elvis Andrus Sitting Out for First Game of Doubleheader

Texas Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus is out of the starting lineup for Game 1 of the Rangers' doubleheader with the Angels on Tuesday. There's no word of injury, so he will likely be in the lineup for the second game later tonight.

6 months ago

Danny Santana Out of Lineup for Game 1 Against Angels

Texas Rangers first baseman Danny Santana is out of the starting lineup for the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader with the Angels. Santana left Monday's game with hamstring tightness, and should be consider day-to-day for now. Scott Heineman will get the start at first for Texas, but he will likely not be fantasy relevant in... Read More

6 months ago

Zac Gallen Gets Quality Start Monday Against Rockies

Arizona Diamondbacks starter Zac Gallen missed out on the win on Monday night but earned a quality start against the Rockies. Gallen surrendered one run on five hits and six walks over six innings while striking out eight against Colorado. It was Gallen's best outing since being traded to Arizona, and despite allowing 11 base... Read More

6 months ago

Two-Start Pitcher Streamers for Week 21

We're getting closer and closer to the fantasy playoffs. That means these two-start streamers will be in high demand now more than ever, and owners will need to take care with who they choose. All that out of the way, Week 19 was a big whiff. I already mentioned last week that two of the... Read More

6 months ago

Wilmer Flores Homers Twice Against San Francisco

Arizona Diamondbacks infielder Wilmer Flores entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the sixth inning on Friday night and finished 2-for-3 with two home runs against the Giants. Flores now has three home runs in his last three games, and is hitting .429 over his last 10. While his fantasy value is limited as he... Read More

6 months ago

Nick Ahmed Finishes Triple Short of Cycle

Arizona Diamondbacks shortstop Nick Ahmed continued his hot streak on Friday night, as he finished 3-for-4 with a double, a home run, two RBI and two runs scored against the Giants. Ahmed is now hitting .333 with two doubles, a triple, four home runs and 11 RBI over his last 10 games while improving his... Read More

6 months ago

Mike Leake Struggles Against Giants Friday

Arizona Diamondbacks starter Mike Leake struggled in his third outing since being traded to the desert, allowing four runs over six innings with three strikeouts on Friday night. Leake had been fairly effective in his last 10 starts with Seattle, posting a 3.78 ERA with 49 strikeouts in that span. Since joining Arizona though, Leake... Read More

6 months ago

Alex Young Rocked by Giants on Thursday

Arizona Diamondbacks starter Alex Young surrendered a career-high five runs over five innings against the Giants on Thursday night to earn his third loss in a row. After keeping his ERA fairly low to start his career, Young has now posted a 6.91 ERA over his last three starts against Washington, Los Angeles and San... Read More

6 months ago

Archie Bradley Gets Save Monday, Appears to Have Closer Role in Arizona

Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Archie Bradley picked up his fourth save of the year on Monday, striking out one over a perfect inning of relief. It was Bradley's second save since the Diamondbacks designated Greg Holland for assignment, and his fourth in his last five outings. For now, Bradley appears to be the closer in Arizona... Read More

6 months ago

Nick Ahmed Homers Against Rockies on Monday

Arizona Diamondbacks shortstop Nick Ahmed homered against the Rockies on Monday, finishing 2-for-4 with four RBI and a double. Ahmed has started to heat up over his last 10 games, as he is now hitting .313 with three home runs and nine RBI in that span. As long as he continues to hit like this,... Read More

6 months ago

Carson Kelly Hits Fifth Homer in Last 10 Games

Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Carson Kelly went 1-for-2 with his 17th home run of the season on Monday against the Colorado Rockies. It was Kelly's fifth home run in his last 10 games, as he is now hitting .323 with seven runs and seven RBI in that span. Kelly has definitely been heating up as of... Read More

6 months ago

Two-Start Pitcher Streamers for Week 20

Oof. Big oof. That was my reaction after finding out that shortly after publishing last week's column, both Michael Pineda AND Griffin Canning ended up on the Injured List. Then add on to that the fact Jordan Yamamoto's start got pushed back, and...yeah I whiffed on last week's column. My bad guys. Wrapping up Week... Read More

6 months ago

Kyle Schwarber Back in Lineup Wednesday Against Oakland

Chicago Cubs outfielder Kyle Schwarber is back in the starting lineup after a day off on Tuesday, and he will be batting sixth against the Athletics. Schwarber is on a tear over his last 10 games, hitting .391 with three home runs and 10 RBI, and he should be started in all formats today against... Read More

7 months ago

George Springer, Josh Reddick Out of Houston Lineup Wednesday

Houston Astros outfielders George Springer and Josh Reddick are sitting out of Wednesday's game against the Rockies. Aledmys Diaz and Jake Marisnick will fill in for the duo as they take a day off, but owners should look elsewhere for a replacement in their lineups.

7 months ago

Max Kepler Out of Twins Lineup Wednesday

Minnesota Twins outfielder Max Kepler is not in the starting lineup on Wednesday against the Atlanta Braves. Kepler has been hitting .265 this year and is second on the team with 31 home runs and first with 77 RBI. Jake Cave will get the start in place of Kepler, who appears to be simply getting... Read More

7 months ago

Cavan Biggio, Vladimir Guerrero Jr Out of Lineup Wednesday Against Rays

Toronto Blue Jays star rookies Cavan Biggio and Vladimir Guerrero Jr are both out of the lineup on Wednesday afternoon. Freddy Galvis will get the start at second, while Brandon Drury will man third base for Toronto. While their potential is not to the levels of Biggio or Guerrero Jr, Galvis and Drury should both... Read More

7 months ago

Willie Calhoun Not in Game 1 Lineup Against Cleveland

Texas Rangers outfielder Willie Calhoun is not in the lineup for Game 1 on Wednesday against the Cleveland Indians. It appears to just be a day off for Calhoun, who has been swinging a hot bat lately with four doubles, one triple, three home runs and 12 RBI with a .312 average over his last... Read More

7 months ago

Brendan McKay to Start Wednesday, Potential Streaming Option in Most Leagues

The Tampa Bay Rays will send rookie Brendan McKay to the mound on Wednesday afternoon for the start against Toronto. In five starts with the Rays, McKay is 2-1 with a 4.38 ERA and a 9.1 K/9. McKay could be a good streamer to play on Wednesday for owners not concerned with a potential hit... Read More

7 months ago

Amed Rosario, Michael Conforto Return to Mets Lineup Wednesday

New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario and outfielder Michael Conforto are back in the lineup after sitting out Tuesday, and they will be hitting second and third in the lineup respectively. They are both riding hot streaks over their last 10 games, with Rosario hitting .375 with one home run and three steals, while Conforto... Read More

7 months ago

Greg Holland Designated for Assignment

The Arizona Diamondbacks have designated Greg Holland for assignment according to Robert Murray of The Athletic. Holland has struggled since the beginning of July, posting an 11.42 ERA with 11 hits and 11 walks to nine strikeouts over 8 2/3 innings of work while going 5-for-8 in save opportunities. There is no word yet on... Read More

7 months ago

Miguel Rojas Out of Marlins Lineup Wednesday

After leaving Tuesday's game with a right hamstring strain, Miami Marlins shortstop Miguel Rojas is out of the lineup for Wednesday's matchup with the Mets. This will be a blow to owners today, as Rojas has been on a tear over his last 10 games with a double, a triple, two home runs and a... Read More

7 months ago

Hector Santiago to Start for White Sox in Game 2 of Doubleheader

The Chicago White Sox will send Hector Santiago to the mound to start in Game 2 of Tuesday's doubleheader with the Tigers. Santiago rejoined the White Sox in June after starting out the year with the Mets, where he posted a 6.75 ERA and 6.8 K/9 over eight innings out of the bullpen. Santiago hasn't... Read More

7 months ago

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