John Axford
RP OAK
4 months ago

Axford notched only his second save of the season Wednesday against the Orioles, striking out one and allowing one hit in a scoreless ninth.

EDGE Analysis

Ryan Madson pitched Monday and Tuesday, so he was unavailable, leaving Axford a rare save chance. He's the clear No. 2 man in the Oakland bullpen while Sean Doolittle (shoulder) remains on the DL.

John Axford
RP OAK
4 months ago

Axford has given up four runs on eight hits through his last 12 innings.

EDGE Analysis

Axford was stellar in April, posting a 0.73 ERA, but then he dropped off a cliff with an 8.20 ERA over May and June. Now he's settled in the middle, sporting a 3.41 ERA since July 1.

John Axford
RP OAK
6 months ago

Axford tossed a scoreless inning in Oakland's 4-0 loss to Milwaukee on Wednesday.

EDGE Analysis

Axford has been highly efficient of late, allowing only four base-runners and striking out eight batters in his last 5.2 innings of work. During that time, he's lowered his ERA from 3.79 to 2.92 and his WHIP from 1.32 to 1.18. The 33-year-old veteran will look to keep it going as Oakland opens up a series with Cincinnati on Friday.

John Axford
RP OAK
7 months ago

X-rays on Axford's left foot came back negative after being hit by a liner from Xander Bogaerts on Monday, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Axford actually remained in the game to pitch a full inning where he gave up four earned runs on two hits. While there still may be lingering soreness, it doesn't appear that Axford will need a day off to rest his ailing foot.

John Axford
RP OAK
8 months ago

Axford tossed 1.1 scoreless frames, allowing a hit and striking out one in the Athletics 7-3 victory over the Yankees on Thursday. He earned the hold.

EDGE Analysis

Axford has been dominant in the early going this season, giving up only six hits in nine innings while giving up no earned runs. The 33-year-old has a firm lockdown on seventh and eighth inning situations and he's leading the team in holds with four. The 6-5 righty, who also has two wins this year, will likely continue to serve as a late-inning relief option going forward.

John Axford
RP OAK
9 months ago

Axford threw a scoreless frame on Thursday and has not allowed a run so far in four spring appearances.

EDGE Analysis

Axford, along with Ryan Madson and Liam Hendriks, is one of the setup men the A's acquired to help rebuild their terrible 2015 bullpen. Axford will likely be called upon in the sixth or seventh inning most often, but is likely behind Madson for saves if Sean Doolittle should falter or get hurt. Axford could provide some value for leagues that count holds, but is not likely to help in saves.

John Axford
RP OAK
12 months ago

Axford signed with the Athletics on Wednesday, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

EDGE Analysis

Axford serves as the closer for the Rockies last season, notching 25 saves, his highest total since 2012. However, he posted a 4.20 ERA and a 1.58 WHIP with a 62:32 K:BB ratio in 55.2 innings. It's unclear as to what his role will be in Oakland, but he does have experience closing in addition to working before the ninth inning.

John Axford
RP OAK
1 year ago

Axford passed through waivers unclaimed and is now a free agent, Nick Groke of the Denver Post reports.

EDGE Analysis

With no team placing a waiver claim on Axford after he was designated for assignment by the Rockies last week, the right-hander is now free to explore all his options on the open market. Axford served as the closer in Colorado throughout most of 2015, but it was not due to strong performance, as he walked 32 in 55.2 innings and at one point blew four straight save opportunities.

John Axford
RP OAK
1 year ago

Axford was designated for assignment by the Rockies on Friday, Nick Groke of the Denver Post reports.

EDGE Analysis

The 32-year-old was able to hold onto the closer job for most of the year after taking over for Adam Ottavino in early May, which speaks far more to the lack of options in Colorado than Axford's performance. He posted a 4.20 ERA and 1.58 WHIP in 55.2 innings, blowing six saves in 31 chances. Axford figures to become a free agent if he passes through waivers unclaimed.

John Axford
RP OAK
1 year ago

Axford pitched a clean ninth inning to earn his 25th save of the season in Friday's win over the Dodgers.

EDGE Analysis

Axford has now converted nine of his last 10 save chances. The opportunities haven't been plentiful this season for Axford, who temporarily lost the closer's role in late July following a string of four consecutive blown saves. Aside from that rough patch, he's been one of the Rockies' more reliable bullpen arms, though his rather mediocre 4.36 ERA illustrates how poor the relief corps has been this season.