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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: Week 13

This is an interesting week for two-start streamers. In previous weeks there have tended to be a bunch of serviceable to decent options somewhere in the five to 10 percent ownership range, but this week that's really not the case. But never fear, we've still got five streamers to take a look at for Week... Read More

8 months ago

Two-Start Pitcher Streamers: Week 12

A dozen weeks in to the season, and hopefully those of you reading this column have scored big with the guys I hit on in this column and avoided the guys I missed on...especially in Week 6. But we're past that now. Let's take a look at the last couple weeks of this column. Wades... Read More

9 months ago

Two-Start Pitcher Streamers: Week 11

I don't mean to toot my own horn here, but man my Week 9 picks were probably the best I'm going to make this year. Steven Matz, Sonny Gray, Lance Lynn, Trevor Richards and Jose Urena combined for seven quality starts while posting a 7-3 record, a 3.13 ERA and 62 strikeouts. The winner out... Read More

9 months ago

Two-Start Pitcher Streamers: Week 10

We're at the end of the second month of the season, and hopefully, those of you who have been reading this column are doing well in your leagues. Looking at Week 8's list there were quite a few rather lackluster performances. That being said, Brett Anderson looks to have been the winning pick after going... Read More

9 months ago

Jose Urena (SP, MIA) - Week 9 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 5% of Leagues ANALYSIS: After beginning 2019 with an 0-3 record and 9.22 ERA over 13 2/3 innings, Jose Urena has actually posted one of the best ERAs in the majors. You know what Chris Sale, Luis Castillo, Clayton Kershaw and Max Scherzer all have in... Read More

9 months ago

Lance Lynn (SP, TEX) - Week 9 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 27% of Leagues ANALYSIS: Lance Lynn kicked off his three-year deal with the Rangers on a (very) down note, allowing seven runs on 10 hits over 5 2/3 innings in his season debut against the Cubs. After an inconsistent performance in April, Lynn has seemed to... Read More

9 months ago

Two-Start Pitcher Streamers: Week 9

And we're back for another week of two-start streaming options as we head into Memorial Day weekend. Rotoballer hasn't fired me yet, so let's keep it up and look at who we got this week. First off, Week 7 went a LOT better for this column than Week 6 (not that it would take much... Read More

9 months ago

Two-Start Pitcher Streamers: Week 8

So Week 6 absolutely sucked for this column. Like, I'm surprised I still even have a job after that one. Griffin Canning was the winner of the Week 6 column, but that's not saying much. Canning went 1-1, allowing six runs over 10 innings while striking out 13. The other four guys on that... Read More

10 months ago

Two-Start Pitcher Streamers: Week 7

Well, seven weeks in and I'm already struggling to come up with a decent intro. I'm calling a mulligan on the intro this week and let's just get into the recap of the last two weeks. Julio Teheran is the winner in Week 5 despite going 0-1 in his two starts. After allowing four runs... Read More

10 months ago

Two-Start Pitcher Streamers for Week 6

It's almost midnight on Thursday night as I finish rewriting this column after a power surge caused me to lose almost all of my work, but I'm happy as a clam after watching a Nicky Delmonico walk-off homer for my White Sox. You know who else is happy as a clam? Owners who picked up... Read More

10 months ago

Two-Start Pitcher Streamers for Week 5

Happy Vlad Jr. Day everyone! The nationwide crisis is over and now is the time to analyze to death Guerrero's potential fantasy value. But not here. We're sticking to starting pitchers in this article. So now for our weekly review of previous lists. Starting off with our Week 3 streamers...yeah that was kind of a... Read More

10 months ago

Two-Start Pitcher Streamers for Week 4

We're four weeks into the season and the search for good pitching in Boston continues. Being a White Sox fan, I know I don't have much room to speak about bad pitching, but you have to look at the silver linings every now and then. Silver linings like how Chicago only has the fourth-worst ERA... Read More

11 months ago

Two-Start Pitcher Streamers for Week 3

Two weeks in, how's your season going? Are you still hunting the waiver wire or are you already making plans for 2020? Well if you're still reading this, let's assume you're still in the hunt and want to know which two-start pitchers to snag this week. Before we dive into this week's list, we'll do... Read More

11 months ago

Two-Start Pitcher Streamers for Week 2

Week 1 is almost in the books. We've seen some great pitching performances this week, while also watching a few guys still get the kinks worked out of their system. Now with a week of playing time that actually matters, we can get a better idea of what to expect from the two-start pitchers in... Read More

11 months ago

Two-Start Pitcher Streamers for Week 1

The 2019 season is officially underway! After months of preparing for drafts, now owners will turn their attention to finding the best values off the waiver wire. Owners looking for two-start pitchers in this first week of the season are going to have to dig their way through the back end of team's rotations. While... Read More

11 months ago

Bullpen Busts Due to Bounce-Back in 2019

It's almost time for Opening Day! Spring Training is wrapping up and so are fantasy baseball drafts. So as we get ready for the start of the season, let's take a look at a few bullpen guys who might be a little underappreciated in drafts this year. Now with a couple of guys on this... Read More

12 months ago

Top 10 Dynasty Third Base Prospects

Taking a look at the top third base prospects in dynasty, you can split the list into two categories: Vladimir Guerrero Jr and everyone else. Clearly, Guerrero is the most exciting prospect in fantasy right now after his monster 2018 campaign where he hit .381 with 20 home runs and a 1.073 OPS over 408... Read More

12 months ago

Three Up, Three Down for Prospects - Starting Pitchers

A starter, a starter! My fantasy league for a starter! We're still three months away from the start of the season, but now is the perfect time to take a look at some starting pitcher prospects on the rise and some that need to turn things around. Last season saw several pitchers make their highly... Read More

1 year ago

Yusei Kikuchi to the Mariners - Fantasy Outlook

The Mariners rang in the new year with yet another move, as news broke in the final hours of 2018 that Nippon Professional Baseball pitcher Yusei Kikuchi had signed a four-year deal with Seattle. Kikuchi will be joining the Mariners after a "down" season in which he only went 14-4 with a 3.08 ERA —... Read More

1 year ago

Domingo Santana to the Mariners - Fantasy Impact

The wheeling and dealing in Seattle continued just days before Christmas with the Mariners acquiring right fielder Domingo Santana from the Brewers. In the team's fourth trade in the month of December and their eighth trade of the offseason, Seattle sent outfielder Ben Gamel and reliever Noah Zavolas to Milwaukee for the 26-year-old Santana. After... Read More

1 year ago

2018 Pitching Fallers - ERA

In my last piece, we took a look at some of the pitchers who made significant improvements to their ERA in 2018. Now it's time to take a look at the guys who went in the other direction, and see if it's time to panic on them. This list features two starters who were being... Read More

1 year ago

Charlie Morton to the Rays - Fantasy Impact

The latest free agent pitcher to find a new home is former Houston Astros starter Charlie Morton, who signed a two-year deal on Wednesday to take his talents to Tampa Bay. Morton underwent a career resurgence in Houston, where he won a World Series ring and earned his first All-Star Game appearance after nine seasons... Read More

1 year ago

Ivan Nova to the White Sox - Fantasy Impact

The buzz all off-season surrounding the White Sox has been whether they will break out the checkbook and land superstars Bryce Harper or Manny Machado. Well, it took only three days into the Winter Meetings for the White Sox to... trade for Ivan Nova. While this may not have been the big move White Sox... Read More

1 year ago

2018 Pitching Leaders - ERA

It was an impressive year for ERA in 2018, as MLB's combined 4.14 ERA was the lowest since league pitching recorded a 3.95 ERA in 2015. Just to give you an idea of how much pitching improved this year, all four of the pitchers that will be mentioned in this list finished in the top-10... Read More

1 year ago

Hot Prospects to Watch - Season Recap

It's the final week of the regular season. It feels like it's gone by in a blur, doesn't it? At this point in the season, you're either already done or any prospects that will make an impact this week are already owned. So in this week's list we're going to do a quick-hit, season-in-review to... Read More

1 year ago

Rookie Report: Recent MLB Prospect Call-Ups (Week 26)

It's our final Rookie Report of the 2018 season, and in it we'll take a look at a former first round pick who finally made his major league debut. After being the 31st overall pick in the 2014 draft, Justus Sheffield made his debut with a shutout ninth inning in the Yankees' 10-1 win over... Read More

1 year ago

Rookie Report: Recent MLB Prospect Call-Ups (Week 25)

In this week's Rookie Report, we'll be taking a look at several catchers making an impact in fantasy this month. Francisco Mejia made a splash in his first start for the Padres, hitting his first and second career home runs while driving in four in the 6-2 win over the Reds. While Mejia may have... Read More

1 year ago

Rhys Hoskins Launches 32nd Home Run of 2018 on Wednesday

Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Rhys Hoskins continued to show off his power on Wednesday, as he hit his 35th double and 32nd home run of the season in the Phillies' 4-0 win over the New York Mets. It's been a while since the Phillies have seen a power output like this, with Hoskins being the... Read More

1 year ago

Jake Bauers Hits Pair of Doubles in Rays Win

After struggling through the month of August and into early September, Tampa Bay Rays first baseman Jake Bauers continued to show signs that he's slowly heating up as he recorded a pair of doubles in the Rays' 9-3 win over the Texas Rangers. The two doubles were Bauers' only hits of the night as he... Read More

1 year ago

Tommy Pham Homers Twice in Rays Win

Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Tommy Pham launched his 18th and 19th home runs of the season in the Rays' 9-3 win over the Texas Rangers on Wednesday night. Entering the game, Pham had only had one home run in the month of September, and had three total since being traded to Tampa Bay at the... Read More

1 year ago

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2020 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers - Yandy Diaz

The Tampa Bay Rays took a chance when they traded for Yandy Diaz last year. He is a Cuban-born player that broke into the MLB in 2017 with the Cleveland Indians. After two years of developing with partial playing time, he was traded to Tampa Bay in a three-way package deal. Diaz will break camp as... Read More

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