A.J. Griffin

#64 SP / Texas Rangers / EXP: 4YRS Height: 6-5 Weight: 230 lb Age: 29 College: None Bats/Throws R/R

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    • Rangers' A.J. Griffin: Rocked in relief Tuesday
      By RotoWire Staff

      Griffin retired one batter and was charged with five runs on five hits and a hit-by-pitch in Tuesday's 14-3 loss to the Astros. Griffin was making his third appearance in relief since being pulled from the rotation in favor of Nick Martinez following his Sept. 10 start. He's given up a total of seven runs in 5.1 innings during those appearances, giving manager Jeff Banister little reason to question his decision to drop Griffin from the rotation. Griffin is set to become a free agent during the offseason and could have to settle for a one-year deal or even a minor-league contract after compiling a 5.94 ERA and 1.34 WHIP across 77.1 frames in 2017.

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    • Rangers' A.J. Griffin: Ousted from rotation
      By RotoWire Staff

      Griffin won't make his normally scheduled start Friday against the Angels and will instead move to the bullpen, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports. Earlier this week, Rangers manager Jeff Banister gave no assurances that Griffin would take the hill Friday after the right-hander submitted another poor outing in his previous turn Sunday against the Yankees, leaving him with a 6.88 ERA and 1.71 WHIP over his last four stars. Sure enough, Banister elected to make a change, calling upon Nick Martinez to join the Rangers as the fifth member of the rotation. Griffin will presumably settle into the long-relief role that Martinez had filled out of the bullpen, which will just about eliminate any fantasy value he might have held in AL-only or deeper mixed leagues.

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    • Griffin (6-6) took the loss Sunday against the Yankees after allowing five runs on five hits with one walk and no strikeouts in three-plus innings. Griffin failed to get an out in the fourth inning before being chased in what ultimately turned into a six-run frame for the visitors. The right-hander has only managed to pitch more than six innings in one of 15 starts thanks to a combination of control problems and a tendency to get burned by the long ball. He'll look to lower his 3.38 BB/9 and 2.25 HR/9 in Friday's road tilt against the Angels.

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    • Rangers' A.J. Griffin: Draws Sunday start
      By RotoWire Staff

      Griffin will start Sunday's game against the Yankees, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports. It will be Griffin's first start since Sept. 2, as he was held out of action for more than a week with manager Jeff Banister opting to reshuffle the rotation following off days Tuesday and Thursday. Griffin has a strong track record against the Yankees during his career -- he's produced a 3-0 record and 2.37 ERA in five starts -- but with none of those outings coming in 2017, it's hard to put much faith in him as a streaming option or DFS selection.

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    • Griffin gave up two runs on four hits and two walks while striking out six over 5.2 innings in a no-decision against the Angels on Saturday. Griffin left the game in line for the win, but the bullpen faltered and the Angels ended up winning in 10 innings. He has failed to pitch deep into games since his return from an oblique injury last month, as Griffin's routinely run his pitch count up with free passes (14 walks in his last 30 innings). The right-hander will make for a risky play next week with a home matchup against the Yankees on tap.

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