A.J. Griffin
SP FA
2 weeks ago

The Rangers declined to tender Griffin a contract for 2018.

EDGE Analysis

Griffin got off to a great start last season, posting a 3.15 ERA and 1.02 WHIP over his first six starts, but he missed a large chunk of time with an oblique injury and mostly struggled upon his return in August (6.10 ERA, 1.41 ERA over his final 38.1 innings). Home runs were the big problem, with Griffin serving up a whopping 20 long balls in just 77.1 innings (12 on the road). He figures to have to settle for a minor-league deal in free agency.

A.J. Griffin
SP FA
3 months ago

Griffin was retired one batter and was charged with five runs on five hits and a hit by a pitch in Tuesday's 14-3 loss to the Astros.

EDGE Analysis

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.

A.J. Griffin
SP FA
3 months ago

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.

EDGE Analysis

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.

A.J. Griffin
SP FA
3 months ago

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.

EDGE Analysis

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.

A.J. Griffin
SP FA
3 months ago

Griffin will start Sunday's game against the Yankees, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

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.

A.J. Griffin
SP FA
3 months ago

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.

EDGE Analysis

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.

A.J. Griffin
SP FA
4 months ago

Griffin (6-5) allowed three earned runs on five hits in just 3.1 innings of an 8-3 loss to the A's on Sunday. He walked three and stuck out three.

EDGE Analysis

Griffin has been lackluster lately, lasting no more than five innings in each of his last four starts while recording a 13:11 K:BB during that span. He hasn't done much to move the fantasy needle this year (5.26 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, 52 K's through 66.2 innings), making him pretty much irrelevant in all but the deepest of formats.

A.J. Griffin
SP FA
4 months ago

Griffin (6-4) allowed three runs on six hits with three walks and three strikeouts over five innings in Sunday's loss to the White Sox.

EDGE Analysis

All of Chicago's offense came in the fourth inning, as Griffin allowed five of the first six hitters to reach with a walk, an infield single and a hit batter contributing to the carnage. That one poor inning was all it took to stick the right-hander with a loss, as Texas' normally explosive home offense was kept off the board until the ninth inning. Griffin's still fortunate to have a 6-4 record given his 5.10 ERA in 12 starts, so the lack of run support was due to come at some point. He'll hope for better luck Friday in Oakland.

A.J. Griffin
SP FA
4 months ago

Griffin (6-3) picked up the win over the Tigers on Tuesday, allowing only one run on five hits and two walks over five innings while striking out four.

EDGE Analysis

The Rangers gave him plenty of run support, but Griffin needed 93 pitches (59 strikes) just to get through the minimum number of innings necessary to qualify for the win. Since his complete-game shutout of the Padres in early May, the righty has lasted more than five innings just once in six appearances, making him tough to rely on heading into Sunday's home start against the White Sox.

A.J. Griffin
SP FA
4 months ago

Griffin (5-3) allowed four runs on four hits -- including three home runs -- and three walks over five innings in Tuesday's 5-4 loss to the Mets. He struck out three.

EDGE Analysis

All the damage came in the first two innings, after which Griffin settled down and gave the Rangers a chance to mount what proved to be a futile comeback. It's the third time in 10 starts this season that the right-hander has surrendered three or more homers, leaving him with a 5.40 ERA and ghastly 2.7 HR/9. He'll be a very risky fantasy play in his next outing Sunday at home against the explosive Astros.