|2013 Season (CBSSports.com)||72.00||2.00||4.00||38.00||3.00||1.29||93.00||33.00|
|Games Played By Position|
|vs St. Louis|| 3.1||0||0|| 2.70||0||2||3|
|vs LHB|| 6.1||0||0|| 9.95||0||4||9|
|vs RHB|| 9.2||0||0|| 7.45||0||2||9|
|05/14/2013||John Axford, RP MIL|
Oscar Taveras, CF STL
|Yasiel Puig, CF LAD|
Edward Mujica, RP STL
Matt Skole, 3B WAS
|05/14/2013||Matt Cain, SP SF|
Kyle Lohse, SP MIL
|John Axford, RP MIL|
Nolan Arenado, 3B COL
|05/13/2013||Daniel Murphy, 2B NYM|
Gio Gonzalez, SP WAS
|John Axford, RP MIL|
Pablo Sandoval, 3B SF
|Last 10 Games|
|John Axford earns first win|
|by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com|
(11:35 pm ET) Brewers reliever John Axford escaped with his first win Saturday night against the Cardinals.
Axford (1-3) pitched 1 1/3 innings, allowing a hit, two walks and struck out three in a 6-4 extra-inning win. He has not allowed a run in his last 2 2/3 innings.
|Brewers running out of options with John Axford|
|by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com|
(5/16/13) Brewers reliever John Axford could be headed to the minors to work out his struggles if he doesn't get back on track soon, according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.
Manager Ron Roenicke has stood by Axford throughout his struggles, but admitted there have been discussions about sending him to the minors. Roenicke said it could happen, but "hopefully it won't." Axford has a 9.00 ERA and a 7.15 FIP in 15 innings.
|John Axford 'frustrated' by struggles|
|by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com|
(5/15/13) Brewers reliever John Axford gave up another run in his appearance on Tuesday night against the Pirates and suffered his third blown save. The right-hander has a 9.20 ERA through 14 2/3 innings pitched.
"I definitely am frustrated," Axford told MLB.com on Wednesday. "I can't lie about that, but I feel strong, I feel good and that's where I've got to keep building off of. The first four games of this season, that wasn't me, and that's something I can get a wash too and brush that away. I felt different; my mechanics weren't quite right."
Manager Ron Roenicke said he has been confused by Axford's struggles thus far.
"I don't know; it's hard to figure out," Roenicke stated. "We still have confidence in him, and nothing seems to go right. So we'll see."
|John Axford roughed up again|
|by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com|
(5/5/13) Brewers reliever John Axford took another step back as he failed to make it out of the eighth inning Sunday afternoon against the Cardinals.
Axford gave up a single and walked the next two batters before surrendering a one-out, run-scoring single to Tony Cruz.
"Mechanically, the ball felt good coming out," Axford said. "Today was one of those days where I just didn't physically feel like myself."
The right-hander watched his ERA rise from 9.49 to 9.95 after Sunday's abysmal outing. Manager Ron Roenicke has not considered sending him down to minors to work on his mechanics, according to MLB.com.
"No, it's not [under discussion]," Roenicke said. "We feel he can get it back together. We saw him do it last year, and still feel that he can do it. … It's the same thing that he was in [last season], whether it's confidence, whether it's mechanical. If it's mechanical, Rick [Kranitz, the pitching coach] and Lee [Tunnell, the bullpen coach] will figure it out."
|John Axford's role in flux|
|by R.J. White | CBSSports.com|
(5/2/13) Brewers manager Ron Roenicke will be playing matchups in the eighth inning rather than using one set option moving forward after John Axford picked up his third loss of the season Wednesday.
"Whether it's the seventh, eighth [for Axford], I don't know for sure," Roenicke told MLB.com. "It's probably easier on us, when we're looking at lineups, to do it that way. I know the players want to be in a role, but sometimes those hitters don't match up with what you're putting out there."
Axford has allowed 13 earned runs in 11 1/3 innings this year.
|John Axford has been a successful closer in spite of poor control, but in 2012, he showed that there are limits to how much wildness one can get away with. Walking 39 batters over 69 1/3 innings, Axford's WHIP ballooned to 1.44. He still managed to notch 35 saves, but he cost himself several more, as he blew nine save opportunities and missed others due to being yanked out of the closer's role temporarily. Just as damaging as the walks -- and far less expected -- were the 10 home runs that Axford yielded, as compared to the five he allowed over the previous two seasons combined. If the Brewers had another viable closer in their bullpen, Axford might not have had the chance to reclaim his job, but he did, and the Brewers could be equally patient with him, if need be, in 2013. As recently as 2011, Axford had a relatively modest walk rate, so the potential is there for him to rebound and be a top closer again. He will come more cheaply after such a difficult season, so owners can wait until the middle-to-late rounds to draft him in standard mixed leagues. (Updated 1/2/13)|
|Upcoming 7 Games|
|5/19/13||@ STL||2:15 pm||John Gast|
|5/20/13||LAD||8:10 pm||Clayton Kershaw|
|5/21/13||LAD||8:10 pm||Zack Greinke|
|5/22/13||LAD||1:10 pm||Hyun-Jin Ryu|
|5/24/13||PIT||8:10 pm||A.J. Burnett|
|5/25/13||PIT||4:10 pm||Jeff Locke|
|5/26/13||PIT||2:10 pm||Wandy Rodriguez|
= probable start