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44 John Axford RP
Height/Weight: 6-5/220 | Birthdate: 4/1/1983 | Birthplace: Simcoe, Ontario, CAN | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Cleveland | College: Canisius | MLB Experience: 6 | Salary: $5,000,000 | Owned/Started%: 22/11 | Average Draft Position: 191.50
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Projections
TimeframeIPWLSVERAWHIPKBBI
2014 Season (CBSSports.com)68.002.004.0036.003.041.2574.0026.00
 
Key Stats
IPW-LSVERAKsBB
39.02-393.234826
 
Games Played By Position
YearC1B2B3BSSOFDHSPRP
20140000000044
20130000000075
 
Injury Report
No Injury Reported
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Situational Stats
SituationIPWLERASVBBSO
vs Kansas City 4.100 4.15203
vs LHB 19.100 1.8601425
vs RHB 19.200 4.5801223
 
Recent Trades
DateTradedTraded For
07/25/2014Alcides Escobar, SS KC
Fernando Rodney, RP SEA
Drew Stubbs, CF COL
Mark Buehrle, SP TOR
Matt Carpenter, 3B STL
John Axford, RP CLE
Evan Longoria, 3B TB
Starling Marte, LF PIT
Domingo Santana, RF HOU
Rob Kaminsky, SP STL
07/25/2014John Axford, RP CLE
Trevor Bauer, SP CLE
Michael Pineda, SP NYY
Ubaldo Jimenez, SP BAL
Bryan Shaw, RP CLE
07/25/2014Joba Chamberlain, RP DET
Chase Headley, 3B NYY
John Axford, RP CLE
Trevor Plouffe, 3B MIN
Domingo Santana, RF HOU
Brandon Workman, SP BOS
 
Last 10 Games
DateOppWLSVIPHAERBBAKs
6/24@ARI0000.21012
6/29@SEA0001.00002
7/1@LAD0001.00011
7/4KC0001.02101
7/7NYY0001.00001
7/9NYY0001.10012
7/11CHW0001.00001
7/19@DET0000.20002
7/21@MIN0001.00001
7/24@KC0000.11001
 
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John Axford can't get out of jam for save
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/25/14) The Indians called on John Axford to close out Tuesday's game against the Diamondbacks, after Bryan Shaw faltered in the 11th inning.

With the Indians up 8-7 with one out in the 11th inning, Axford entered the game with the tying run on third. He could not pitch himself out of the jam unscathed, as he allowed the first batter he faced to tie it with a single.

Axford would eventually extended the game, but not before making it interesting. He loaded the bases on an intentional walk before striking out the Diamondbacks' No. 3 and 4 hitters consecutively to end the threat.

Axford has been working away from the closer's role for a while, after struggling mightily early in the season. He has a 3.82 ERA with 36 strikeouts and 24 walks in 30 2/3 innings on the season. 

John Axford gets the win Saturday in Boston
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/14/14) Indians pitcher John Axford pitched a scoreless inning and was awarded the win Saturday afternoon against the Red Sox in Boston. Axford permitted one walk and struck out one in a scoreless inning of work. He owns a 3.21 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP in 28 innings of relief. 
Terry Francona: I'm still tinkering with closer spot
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/7/14) Terry Francona said Saturday that the goal remains to work deposed Indians closer John Axford back into that role, per MLB.com. He added that others are performing better in the ninth inning at this time.

He is likely referring specifically to Cody Allen, who has thrived as a closer in recent weeks. Allen has nailed down his last four save opportunities without giving up a hit and walking just one. Francona is still claiming a closer-by-committee approach, but Allen has been used in all save situations of late.

Axford has bounced back as a short reliever after getting bounced out as closer. He has surrendered just one earned run in his last 10 appearances.

John Axford itching to close again
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/3/14) Indians pitcher John Axford wants to retake the closer's job he lost May 9, but it's unclear when that might happen, reports the Cleveland Plain Dealer. The Indians are doing well with a committee approach featuring Cody Allen, Bryan Shaw, Marc Rzepczynski and Scott Atchison.

Axford converted nine of 11 saves before losing the job. In his last three appearances, Axford has pitched 3 1/3 scoreless innings with six strikeouts and no walks, a vast improvement over his early wildness. 

"I feel great," Axford told the paper. "I feel calm. I feel relaxed. I feel like I have more control of myself out there. I'm a long guy (6-5) and I can get a lot of arms and legs going. If I can maintain it and keep those things under wraps and focused, the better I'll be."

Indians closer mess gets even messier
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/20/14) Considering he got the first since John Axford's removal from the closer role May 11 after filling in for him just a few days earlier, Bryan Shaw appeared to be the Indians' go-to guy for the ninth inning in the near term. So when he pitched the eighth inning of a game the Indians led by only one run Monday, it was a bit of a shock.

Granted, coming into the year, Cody Allen was considered the more likely replacement for Axford should anything go wrong, but Shaw had been so effective this season, compiling a 1.71 ERA in 23 appearances, that his ascension to the role wasn't the biggest upset ever.

Considering Allen blew the save Sunday, Terry Francona might want to rethink rethinking who he uses in the ninth inning. His hesitance to commit to either Shaw or Allen is a pretty good indication he hopes to turn the ninth inning back over to Axford at some point. Axford has had four scoreless appearances since being removed from the role, allowing no hits and two walks in 3 1/3 innings.

If I was ranking the three in terms of how many saves I think they'll get from now to the end of the season, I'd go Axford, Shaw and Allen.

 
 
 

 
Upcoming 7 Games
DateOppTimeScheduled Starter
7/25/14@ KC8:10 pmYordano Ventura
7/26/14@ KC7:10 pmJeremy Guthrie
7/27/14@ KC2:10 pmBruce Chen
7/29/14SEA7:05 pmHisashi Iwakuma
7/30/14SEA7:05 pmFelix Hernandez
7/31/14SEA7:05 pmChris Young
8/1/14TEX7:05 pmNick Tepesch
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Pitching Stats
YearTeamWLERAGGSCGSHOSVSVOINNHRERHRHBPBBSO
2009MIL00 3.52700011 7.25330069
2010MIL82 2.48500002427 58.0421716112776
2011MIL22 1.95740004648 73.2591916402586
2012MIL58 4.67750003544 69.16142361023993
2013MIL-STL77 4.027500007 65.07332291022665
2014CLE23 3.2344000912 39.0311614412648
Total 2422 3.28325000115139 312.2271129114296149377
Batting Stats
YearTeamGABRHHRRBIBBSOSBCSOBPSLGAVG
2009MIL7000000000 --- --- ---
2010MIL50000000000 --- --- ---
2011MIL74000000000 --- --- ---
2012MIL75100000100 .000 .000 .000
2013MIL-STL75000000000 --- --- ---
2014CLE44000000000 --- --- ---
Total 325100000100 .000 .000 .000
Fielding Stats
YearTeamPosnGGSTCPOAEDPFLD%
2009MILP70110001.000
2010MILP500945021.000
2011MILP740101721 .800
2012MILP75072410 .857
2013MIL-STLP750413001.000
2014CLEP440202001.000
Total  32503392133 .909
More Pitching Stats
YearTeamIBBGOAOGO/AOSBCSPKBKWPAVGPAMB9SLGRPF
2009MIL168 0.7510001 .17934 12.9 .2140
2010MIL34943 1.2320004 .204238 10.9 .2913
2011MIL17362 1.2462008 .212305 10.3 .2812
2012MIL26649 1.43420010 .229310 13.2 .3879
2013MIL-STL36558 1.1932005 .285289 14.0 .4417
2014CLE24425 1.8450004 .217175 13.4 .3363
Total 12303245 1.312160032 .2301351 12.3 .34724
Postseason Pitching Stats
YearTeamWLERAGGSCGSHOSVSVOINNHRERHRHBPBBSO
2011MIL10 1.29600034 7.05110029
2013STL00 1.59600000 5.22111049
Total 10 1.421200034 12.272210618
Minor League Pitching Stats
YearTeamWLERAGGSCGSHOSVINNHRERHRHBPBBSO
2007 A-Charleston03 4.39135000 26.2292013202221
2007 A-Staten Ilnd11 2.2280002 24.11386011530
2007 A-Tampa00 2.3850002 11.165320715
2007AAA-Scranton-Wb00 13.5010000 0.22110011
2008 A-Brevard Cty510 4.552614000 95.0865848557389
2009AFA-Brevard County41 1.67190000 27.01455001643
2009AAA-Nashville50 3.55220000 33.0231313201937
2009AA-Huntsville00 3.6840001 7.17331139
2010AAA-Nashville Sounds32 2.08120002 13.0147300519
 
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