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|2014 Season (CBSSports.com)||68.00||2.00||4.00||36.00||3.04||1.25||74.00||26.00|
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|vs RHB|| 37.0||0||0|| 4.62||0||10||34|
|Last 10 Games|
|John Axford strikes out two in spring debut |
|by R.J. White | CBSSports.com|
(2/28/14) Indians pitcher John Axford struck out two batters and walked one in a scoreless inning of work in his spring debut as the Indians beat the Reds Friday, 4-0.
It was Axford's first outing with the team since signing a one-year, $4.5-million deal this offseason.
"It felt good," Axford said. "I was sweaty, tired, anxious. All those things. Yeah, it was fun. It's the first time facing live hitters. That got those nerves going a little bit, but I think that always comes out in the first outing."
Axford is expected to serve as Cleveland's closer after going 7-7 with a 4.02 ERA and 65:26 K:BB ratio with Milwaukee last season.
|Indians confident in John Axford as closer |
|by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com|
(1/26/14) Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway is confident John Axford can reacclimate to the closer's role after losing the job with Milwaukee last season, according to The Plain Dealer. Axford revealed in mid-January his struggles last season had to do with tipping his pitches.
"Anytime you’ve closed games, you remember what it’s like," Callaway said. "It’s just him being able to finish what he was doing at the end of last season. When he went over to St. Louis and made adjustments with his pitch usage, it doesn’t matter where he’s at, he’ll dominate."
Callaway said Axford's success with the Cardinals also had to do with him using his high-90s fastball a lot more.
"We teach that here," Callaway said. "We want guys to attack with their fastballs and finish people off with breaking balls. Last year I think we ranked third most in using our fastball in the big leagues."
|John Axford no longer tipping pitches |
|by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com|
(1/13/14) A trade last season to the Cardinals appears to have saved the career of new Indians closer John Axford. Upon his arrival following his acquisition from the Brewers in August, the Cardinals' coaching staff sat the right-hander down and let him know he was tipping his pitches.
"I recall, sitting in that room when they told me that, a few different games running through my mind, including blown saves, and thinking, 'Maybe that’s why they didn’t swing at that slider that was just out of the zone,'" Axford told the National Post.
The advice paid huge dividends for Axford, who posted a 1.74 ERA in 13 regular-season appearances and a 1.59 ERA in six postseason outings following the trade. Axford, who had lost his closer's job with the Brewers, had a 4.67 ERA in 2012 and a 4.45 ERA last season before the trade.
"I obviously wouldn’t have been in the World Series, and I don’t think I would be in the position I’m in right now with the Cleveland Indians if I wasn’t traded [from Milwaukee]," he said. "[The St. Louis] coaching staff really helped me out, picking that up and helping me along the way for those two months. And pitching well, and pitching well in the playoffs -- I think that’s what really catapulted the opportunity for me to be a closer again."
|John Axford deal becomes final |
|by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer|
(12/19/13) The Indians finalized their one-year, $4.5 million deal with right-hander John Axford Thursday. Axford is expected to serve as closer, a role he had for the Brewers to begin last season before losing it to Jim Henderson.
Axford finished last season with a 4.02 ERA, 1.52 WHIP and 9.0 strikeouts per nine innings but was a different pitcher after going to the Cardinals in a late-August trade, posting a 1.69 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 11.3 strikeouts per nine innings in 19 appearances between the regular season and the playoffs.
|Terms of John Axford's deal announced |
|by Al Melchior | Data Analyst|
(12/16/13) CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reports that closer John Axford's deal with the Indians will pay him $4.5 million for the 2014 season. It also includes $1.75 million in incentives.
The team reached an agreement with Axford on the one-year deal earlier on Monday.
|Andres Galarraga may have been the Big Cat, but John Axford is just the cat, at least as far as closers go. His lives never seem to run out. Sure, he dominated in the role in 2011, posting a 1.95 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 10.5 strikeouts per nine innings while piling up 46 saves, but with his shaky control and vulnerability to the long ball, he did the Brewers more harm than good in the two years thereafter. After losing his job to Jim Henderson by allowing nine earned runs in his first four appearances, he stuck around in middle relief for a few months before the Brewers shipped him to St. Louis. He was good enough in 13 appearances there for the Indians to take a flier on him this offseason, intending to give him one last shot as a closer. Throughout his struggles, he never lost anything in terms of stuff, which is reflected in his strikeout rate, so if he can just locate the ball properly and avoid tipping his pitches like he did at times in Milwaukee, he may pan out yet. But you shouldn't count on that in Fantasy, especially since the Indians have a presumed closer-in-waiting in Cody Allen. Axford is worth drafting, obviously, but he should be one of the last of the 30 closers off the board.
(Updated 1/6/14) |
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