|2014 Season (CBSSports.com)||68.00||2.00||4.00||36.00||3.04||1.25||74.00||26.00|
|Games Played By Position|
|vs LHB|| 25.2||0||0|| 2.81||0||20||30|
|vs RHB|| 29.0||0||0|| 4.97||0||16||33|
|Last 10 Games|
Pirates DFA John Axford, Jeanmar Gomez
|by R.J. White | CBSSports.com|
|(10/25/14) The Pirates designated two relievers for assignment Saturday, removing pitchers John Axford and Jeanmar Gomez from the 40-man roster.
The moves clear spots for Justin Sellers, who was acquired via trade Saturday, and Charlie Morton, who was activated from the 60-day disabled list. Axford posted a 4.09 ERA and 12:6 K:BB ratio in 11 innings after being acquired in a trade from the Indians in mid-August. Gomez posted a 3.19 ERA, 1.50 WHIP and 38:23 K:BB ratio in 62 innings.
John Axford takes loss vs. Reds Saturday
|by R.J. White | CBSSports.com|
|(9/27/14) Pirates pitcher John Axford was hung with a loss Saturday, allowing three earned runs on one hit and two walks in one-third of an inning in his team's 10-6 walkoff defeat against the Reds.
Axford (2-4) loaded the bases in the bottom of the 10th inning before being removed from the game, and the next pitcher in surrendered a walkoff grand slam to hand the Pirates a loss. Axford owns a 3.95 ERA, 1.45 WHIP and 63:36 K:BB ratio in 54 2/3 innings.
Pirates pick up John Axford
|by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com|
|(8/14/14) The Pirates have acquired John Axford from the Indians, according to FoxSports.com
Axford joined Cleveland during the offseason. He posted a 3.92 ERA over 43 2/3 innings with the club. Axford will likely be a setup man for Pittsburgh.
John Axford picks up five-out save
|by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com|
|(8/4/14) Indians pitcher John Axford faced four batters and recorded the last five outs of Monday's 7-1 win over the Reds for the save. It was his first save since May 3.
Axford allowed one hit and one walk while striking out two over 1 2/3 scoreless innings. He owns a 3.14 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP over 43 innings of relief.
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.
|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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