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A.J. Griffin | Starting Pitcher | #64

Team: Texas Rangers
Age / DOB:  (29) / 1/28/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 230
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: San Diego
Drafted: 2010 / Rd. 13 (0) / OAK
Contract: view contract details

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Rangers and RHP A.J. Griffin avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2 million contract.
Griffin held a 5.07 ERA over 23 starts for the Rangers in 2016 but struck out 107 over 119 innings. He was arbitration-eligible for the second time. Jan 13 - 12:24 PM

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A.J. Griffin allowed four runs on seven hits over 4 1/3 innings in a no-decision Tuesday against the Brewers.

Griffin gave up a pair of homers in the contest, giving him 28 home runs allowed in 23 starts overall. It's no surprise, then, that the right-hander owns a 5.07 ERA in those 23 starts. There were highs and lows in his first full year since 2013, and it will be interesting to see what kind of interest the 28-year-old garners on the open market this winter.
Tue, Sep 27, 2016 11:43:00 PM

A.J. Griffin wasn't long for Tuesday's game, walking four and allowing three runs over 1 2/3 innings against the Angels.

Griffin has been plagued by free passes and longballs this year, and while he didn't give up a dinger in this one, his control certainly let him down. The quick hook, while not beneficial to Griffin's line, actually turned out to be the right move for the Rangers, who ended up winning the game. For Griffin, he remains 7-4 with a 4.94 ERA and 1.33 WHIP in 22 starts. An interleague date with the Brewers next Tuesday could help get the 28-year-old back on the right track.
Wed, Sep 21, 2016 12:10:00 AM

A.J. Griffin struck out seven while allowing two runs over seven innings against the Astros on Tuesday.

Griffin yielded just four hits and a walk in the game, with both the Astros' runs coming on solo homers. That's been a problem for the right-hander this year -- he's given up 26 dingers in 21 starts -- and it's the biggest reason he's got a 4.78 ERA overall. He didn't earn a win for his efforts, keeping his record at 7-4, and Griffin will next take on the Angels on Monday.
Tue, Sep 13, 2016 11:08:00 PM

A.J. Griffin was lit up for three homers and eight runs in four innings by the Mariners on Wednesday.

It's too bad that Griffin's return after a two-year absence coincided with a huge uptick in the home run rate. Well, it's mostly a coincidence anyway, though Griffin has helped add to it, what with his 24 homers allowed in 106 innings this season. In his previous full season, he led the AL with 36 homers allowed, yet still went 14-10 with a 3.83 ERA for the Athletics. In a less homer-happy environment, he'd likely be a perfectly solid mid-rotation starter when healthy. The way the balls are flying now, though, is doing him no favors.
Thu, Sep 8, 2016 01:22:00 AM

A.J. Griffin yielded three runs over 5 2/3 innings in a win over the Astros on Friday.

Griffin surrendered two runs in the first inning, but he settled down from there and retired 12 batters in a row at one point before Jason Castro connected for a solo homer in the fifth. He struck out five and walked three in the victory and now sits at 7-3 with a 4.41 ERA through 19 starts. He’s not pitching deep into games and continues to have issues with the home run ball, so he’s not a recommended fantasy option.
Sat, Sep 3, 2016 12:26:00 AM

A.J. Griffin turned in six shutout innings to beat the Indians 7-0 on Saturday.

He gave up five singles and issued one free pass while punching out six in the stellar effort. His teammates handed him a big early lead and in return he kept the Indians from mounting any sort of challenge. Griffin is now 6-3 with a 4.39 ERA in his first season with the Rangers.
Sun, Aug 28, 2016 12:13:00 AM

A.J. Griffin allowed three runs on seven hits over 5 2/3 innings in Saturday's loss to the Rays.

Griffin struck out four without walking a batter, but two home runs -- both solo shots -- did enough damage to saddle him with his third loss. He's posted a 4.68 ERA and 1.32 WHIP through 17 starts, sitting at 5-3 overall. Griffin will try to get back in the win column Friday against the Indians.
Sat, Aug 20, 2016 09:46:00 PM

A.J. Griffin allowed six earned runs in 6 2/3 innings Sunday as the Rangers fell to the Tigers.

Griffin struck out eight against just one walk, but the Rangers pounded him for 11 hits and three of those 11 hits were home runs. Griffin has had big problems with the longball lately and is now sporting a 4.68 ERA through 84 2/3 innings this season. His ERA was in the 2.00s at the end of June.
Sun, Aug 14, 2016 05:39:00 PM

A.J. Griffin was hammered for five earned runs in 4 2/3 innings Tuesday against the Rockies.

But he escaped with a no-decision because the Rangers were able to rally against the Colorado bullpen. Griffin gave up seven hits and walked three. He now has a 4.38 ERA and 1.28 WHIP in 78 innings this season, with his next start set for Sunday at home versus the Tigers.
Tue, Aug 9, 2016 06:30:00 PM

A.J. Griffin allowed three runs -- all on home runs -- over 5 2/3 innings in Thursday's win over the Orioles.

Griffin gave up just five hits without walking a batter on the evening, but Mark Trumbo, Pedro Alvarez and Hyun Soo Kim took the right-hander deep. Homers have been an issue for Griffin, as he's now allowed 11 in his last eight starts and 13 in 14 starts overall. On the positive side, the 28-year-old did strike out six batters and picked up his fifth win, improving to 5-1. He'll carry a 4.05 ERA and 1.23 WHIP into a tough matchup Tuesday with the Rockies in Colorado.
Thu, Aug 4, 2016 09:55:00 PM

A.J. Griffin yielded two runs in 5 2/3 innings in an 8-3 victory over the Royals on Friday.

The only damage was a two-run homer off the bat of Eric Hosmer in the sixth. While Griffin failed to complete six innings, this was his longest start in seven chances since coming off the disabled list last month. It also gave him his first win since April. Still, he struck out just one batter and owns an underwhelming 12/11 K/BB ratio over his last five starts.
Sat, Jul 30, 2016 12:35:00 AM

A.J. Griffin limited the Royals to one run over five innings Sunday in a no-decision.

The one run he allowed came on a fourth-inning Kendrys Morales solo shot. Griffin left the game at 89 pitches with Texas trailing 1-0, but the Rangers scored in the sixth and seventh and went on to win 2-1. Griffin will carry a 4.06 ERA into his next start at home versus this same Kansas City club.
Sun, Jul 24, 2016 05:32:00 PM

A.J. Griffin surrendered five runs in five-plus innings against the Angels on Monday.

It was three runs through five, but manager Jeff Banister decided to send him back out for the sixth to face Kole Calhoun and Mike Trout again. He gave up a single to Calhoun and then hit Trout before being pulled. Both came around to score off Tony Barnette, though part of that was due to a Rougned Odor error.
Tue, Jul 19, 2016 01:55:00 AM

A.J. Griffin was knocked around in Sunday's loss to the Twins, surrendering six runs on nine hits over his five innings of work.

The veteran right-hander walked one and struck out three on the afternoon. He shut the Twins out through the first three frames before Kennys Vargas swatted a solo homer in the fourth inning. The fifth is where the train came off the tracks, with the Twins adding on five runs, capped off on a grand slam off the bat of Max Kepler. Griffin's first half concludes with a 3-1 record, 3.81 ERA and 1.29 WHIP in 10 starts spanning 52 innings.
Sun, Jul 10, 2016 06:27:00 PM

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