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About Riley Mrack - RotoBaller

@FantasyOnTheFli Canadian-born and raised, I'm an avid sports fan and fantasy expert on baseball and football.

Riley Mrack - RotoBaller has written 688 articles so far, you can find them below.

Daniel Vogelbach Finds The Bleachers Ending Two-Week Drought

Seattle Mariners designated hitter Daniel Vogelbach hit a solo shot off of Indians starter Carlos Carrasco for his ninth dinger of the year on Saturday. He finished the day going 1-for-4 with two strikeouts as his game has expectedly normalized after a torrid start to his season. Vogelbach is batting just .139 over his last... Read More

9 months ago

Edwin Encarnacion Slugs Ninth Long Ball Of Season

Seattle Mariners first baseman Edwin Encarnacion clubbed his ninth homer of the year in Saturday's loss to the Indians. It was a solo shot off of Carlos Carrasco as EE finished the day going 1-for-3 with a walk. Encarnacion is now batting .234 on the season after hitting a cold streak over the last week... Read More

9 months ago

Jay Bruce Swats Homer To Enter Double Digits

Seattle Mariners outfielder/first baseman Jay Bruce clubbed his 10th home run of the season off of Indians starter Shane Bieber on Friday. The power has been excellent to see return to form for the veteran, but it has come at the cost of an abysmal .189 batting average. Power-hungry fantasy owners in deep leagues should... Read More

9 months ago

Anthony Swarzak's Struggles Continue In Loss

Seattle Mariners reliever Anthony Swarzak entered the bottom of the ninth in a tie game Friday night but proceeded to give up a walk-off single to suffer his first loss of the season. The right-hander gave up the one hit and walked a pair of batters in the outing as he's now given up runs... Read More

9 months ago

Yusei Kikuchi Dominates After Extended Break

It looks like the longer rest worked wonders for Seattle Mariners starter Yusei Kikuchi Friday night. The rookie tossed seven frames of one-run ball as he struck out a season-high 10 batters in the no-decision against the Indians. It was a long overdue terrific outing for Kikuchi, who had been underwhelming through his first month... Read More

9 months ago

Marco Gonzales Implodes In First Loss Of Season

Seattle Mariners starter Marco Gonzales undoubtedly pitched his worst game of 2019 on Wednesday. The southpaw failed to make it through two innings as the Cubs shelled him for six runs (three earned) in just 1 2/3 innings of work. Gonzales uncharacteristically issued three free passes in the contest, as he dropped his first game... Read More

9 months ago

Catcher Waiver Wire Pickups For Week 5

With the calendar flipping over to May later this week, we as fantasy managers, have to legitimately assess the state of our team's play so far. We now have over a month's worth of sample size to evaluate whether we can chalk a hitter's slow start to either wrongful misfortune or simply genuine failure. If... Read More

9 months ago

Edwin Encarnacion Takes Parrot For Friday Night Stroll

Seattle Mariners first baseman Edwin Encarnacion walloped his seventh long ball of the year off of Rangers starter Shelby Miller on Friday night. This homer was of the three-run variety, and he also added a run-scoring single to finish the night with four RBI in a 2-for-4 effort. Encarnacion has now driven in 19 on... Read More

9 months ago

Anthony Swarzak Suffers Second Blown Save

Seattle Mariners reliever Anthony Swarzak was summoned to protect the team's one-run lead in the ninth inning Friday night but failed to do so. He gave up a solo shot to Shin-Soo Choo to send the game to extras, and he has now given up a solo home run in three straight appearances. Swarzak also... Read More

9 months ago

Justus Sheffield Struggles In Three Relief Innings

Seattle Mariners pitching prospect Justus Sheffield took over from Yusei Kikuchi in the second inning in Friday night's tilt versus the Rangers. He struggled with his command over three frames of work, throwing just 39 strikes in 75 pitches as he walked four and served up a two-run homer to Nomar Mazara. Sheffield struck out... Read More

9 months ago

Dee Gordon Tallies Three Hits To Stay Hot

Seattle Mariners second baseman Dee Gordon kept up his consistent bat with a 3-for-4 effort on Thursday night. He drove in a pair and scored a run as he improves his season totals to an impressive 16 RBI and 12 runs. Gordon will continue to bat ninth for the club. It's not an ideal spot... Read More

9 months ago

Marco Gonzales Dominant, First To Five Wins

Seattle Mariners starter Marco Gonzales improved to a league-leading 5-0 Thursday night in his best start of 2019 to date. The lefty fired seven shutout frames and struck out nine while giving up six hits and no walks. Gonzales is looking like a true ace so far this season with a 2.80 ERA and 1.20... Read More

9 months ago

Mallex Smith Finding Steals Despite Early Slump

Seattle Mariners center fielder Mallex Smith stole his eighth base of the season Tuesday night as he finished the night 0-for-3 with a walk. The speedster is doing what fantasy owners had anticipated for him, as his steal total now ties him for second in the league as he sits one behind Tim Anderson. The... Read More

9 months ago

Catcher Waiver Wire Pickups For Week 4

The catching position in fantasy baseball has become a dried-up talent pool in recent seasons. The 2019 season has pumped a few gallons of skill and fantasy competence back into the tank as we are entering some better weather here towards the end of April. With early injuries at the position and some underperforming bats... Read More

9 months ago

Matt Olson Expected Back In Two Weeks

Oakland Athletics first baseman Matt Olson has been out of the lineup since the team's Japan trip in March after undergoing hamate surgery on his right hand. A's GM David Forst stated Sunday that he expects the slugger back in the club's lineup within two weeks. It's good news for fantasy owners to get Olson... Read More

9 months ago

Hector Neris (RP, PHI) - Week 4 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 21% of Leagues ANALYSIS: After losing his closing job a year ago, Phillies reliever Hector Neris has found his way back into a part-time ninth-inning role. With David Robertson landing on the IL, the door has opened up for Neris to re-establish himself as a lights... Read More

9 months ago

Leury Garcia (OF, CHW) - Week 4 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 7% of Leagues ANALYSIS: Flying under the radar so far in 2019 is White Sox outfielder Leury Garcia. Batting leadoff for any team in the majors holds significant fantasy appeal, but for the improving South Side Chicago team, it’s an even bigger boost. Yoan Moncada is... Read More

9 months ago

Anthony Swarzak Picks Up Third Save

After the Seattle Mariners called upon Roenis Elias to close out their last two contests, they went back to Anthony Swarzak to finish off the Angels on Saturday night. He entered the game with a two-run lead, but Albert Pujols tagged him for a solo shot to get within a run before Swarzak struck out... Read More

9 months ago

Yusei Kikuchi Notches First Win Despite Shaky Outing

It wasn't the best start of his major league career for Mariners pitcher Yusei Kikuchi on Saturday, but he did manage to pick up the victory. He went five innings scattering 10 hits and two walks while giving up four runs as the offense helped him out in the 6-5 win. Kikuchi only managed three... Read More

9 months ago

Roenis Elias Nets Back-To-Back Saves For Mariners

Seattle Mariners reliever Roenis Elias got the call once again Friday night to close out the team's 5-3 lead. He didn't manage a strikeout, but he did retire the Angels quietly with only giving up a two-out single. The save gives Elias four on the season and two in back-to-back nights although it was Anthony... Read More

9 months ago

Diego Castillo (RP/SP, TB) - Week 4 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 14+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 34% of Leagues ANALYSIS: Diego Castillo has emerged as a terrific late-inning arm for the Tampa Bay Rays this season. Gaining a promotion after being used as an opener in 2018, the right-hander has flourished in his new end-game role and has earned two saves and... Read More

9 months ago

Tim Beckham Finds The Bleachers In Win

Seattle Mariners shortstop Tim Beckham hit a go-ahead solo home run in the ninth inning off of Angels reliever Cody Allen Friday night. He went 1-for-4 in the contest as he snapped a 10-game homer-less drought. Beckham now has five long balls and 14 RBI to go along with a .299 batting average as he's... Read More

9 months ago

Late Inning Home Run Dampens Marco Gonzales' Strong Start

Seattle Mariners starter Marco Gonzales cruised through his first seven innings of work Friday night before Mike Trout greeted him with a game-tying two-run shot in the eighth. This mistake put a sour note on an otherwise terrific start in which he struck out six and walked two in his seven frames of work. Gonzales... Read More

9 months ago

Jay Bruce Equals 2018 Home Run Total With Ninth Dinger

Seattle Mariners outfielder Jay Bruce continued his torrid power stroke in Friday's win over the Angels. He took Felix Pena deep in the second inning for a solo shot and also added a double finishing the night going 2-for-4. Bruce holds a lowly .194 batting average on the year as 12 of his 14 hits... Read More

9 months ago

Ryon Healy Breaks Slump With Two Long Balls

Seattle Mariners third baseman Ryon Healy ended an 0-for-19 slide at the plate with two home runs on Thursday night versus the Angels. He took Chris Stratton deep in the second for a three-run shot and then followed that up with a two-run dinger in the sixth. Healy now has five homers on the year... Read More

9 months ago

Daniel Vogelbach Reaches Five Times In Win

Like many Seattle Mariners hitters lately, first baseman Daniel Vogelbach was in a mini-slump over the last week of action. Breaking an 0-for-11 cold snap, the burly left-hander hit a pair of singles and walked three times to put an end to his drought. Vogelbach scored two runs as well on the night, as he's slowly... Read More

9 months ago

Red Alert - Analyzing Cincinnati's Offensive Woes

Entering the 2019 season the Cincinnati Reds offense was shaping up to be a lineup that could regain the “Big Red Machine” moniker resemblant of the prolific teams from the 1970s. After acquiring corner outfielders Yasiel Puig and Matt Kemp from the Dodgers, it brought depth to a batting order that already featured a pair... Read More

10 months ago

Erik Swanson Impresses In First Career Start

It was a night to remember for Seattle Mariners starter Erik Swanson on Wednesday despite a losing effort. Making his first ever major league start, he held the Cleveland Indians to two hits and no walks, with his only blemish on the night coming off the bat of Jake Bauers for a solo home run.... Read More

10 months ago

Omar Narvaez Fills Up The Score Sheet Monday

Seattle Mariners catcher Omar Narvaez clubbed his third home run of the season off of Indians reliever Oliver Perez on Monday night. He went 2-for-3 with a walk in this one and is now batting a respectable .281 on the campaign. Narvaez is playing approximately every four out of five days and is worth a... Read More

10 months ago

Edwin Encarnacion Belts Fifth Dinger Of The Year

Seattle Mariners first baseman Edwin Encarnacion continued his stellar power stroke in Monday's loss to the Indians. He capped his night with a two-run shot in the eighth inning, bringing the club within two runs, but it was too little too late for the M's in this one. Encarnacion finished up going 2-for-4 with a... Read More

10 months ago

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