John Axford RP COL 2 hours ago

Axford is not on the lineup card for Tuesday's game against the A's, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports.

Yohan Flande has joined the team with Axford deactivated for undisclosed reasons. Look for another update when the team provides additional information. LaTroy Hawkins has posted a 1.35 ERA in June and would seem like the top candidate to fill in as closer.

John Axford RP COL 5 days ago

Axford was able to snuff out a potential ninth-inning rally by the Diamondbacks on Thursday en route to recording his 13th save.

A day after blowing his first save of the season, Axford looked like he was about to give away another game Thursday, though it largely wasn't his fault. The Rockies entered the ninth inning with a 6-2 lead, but after Boone Logan allowed the first two runners to reach base, Axford was called upon to put out the fire. After inducing a run-scoring groundout, Axford gave up a single and allowed another runner to score on a sacrifice fly, but would finally strike out Yasmany Tomas to extinguish the threat. Axford has shown some shakiness of late, but with few other intriguing options in the Rockies' bullpen, his hold on the closing gig remains firm.

John Axford RP COL 6 days ago

Axford gave up three runs on three hits and two walks while striking out one in a blown save against the Diamondbacks on Wednesday.

Axford blew the save for the first time in 13 chances this season. His ERA and WHIP ballooned up to 2.53 and 1.22, respectively, but his role as the closer should still be secure.

John Axford RP COL 2 weeks ago

Axford struck out the side Sunday to pick up his 12th save of the season in a win over the Marlins.

The right-hander worked around a walk to lock up the win for Colorado. Axford has been rock solid in the closer role so far this season and is now a perfect 12-for-12 in save opportunities while chipping in a 0.47 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 16 strikeouts over 19 innings pitched this season.

John Axford RP COL 3 weeks ago

Axford worked around a walk to pick up his 11th save in Tuesday's win over St. Louis.

Axford struck out a batter and now had 13 in 17 innings. He also induced two ground ball outs, which will be key to his success -- he has now allowed 31 ground balls against just 14 fly balls, a 68 percent ground ball rate.

John Axford RP COL 4 weeks ago

Axford tossed a scoreless inning in Game 1 of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Dodgers to claim his 10th save of the season.

Axford has gone four consecutive outings without walking a batter, boosting his K:BB ratio to a more respectable 11:6 across 15 innings this season. Those figures still aren't good enough to justify Axford's 0.60 ERA and 1.06 WHIP, and while his surface stats will probably take a dive from here, he's clearly established himself as the Rockies' top reliever.

John Axford RP COL 1 month ago

Axford picked up his ninth save of the season Saturday, giving up two hits and striking out one in a scoreless ninth inning.

His 10:6 K:BB ratio in 14 innings isn't going to wow anyone, but Axford continues to get the job done for the Rockies. His 0.64 ERA and 1.07 WHIP are unsustainable, but as long as he keeps getting saves, he'll have plenty of value.

John Axford RP COL 1 month ago

Axford pitched a perfect ninth inning Wednesday against the Reds to notch his ninth save of the season.

The save opportunities are starting to pick up for Axford, who has collected three in the last five games alone. While his peripheral numbers don't support his 0.75 ERA, Axford has been able to avoid any ninth-inning blowups thus far and probably has a decent leash on the closing gig at this point.

John Axford RP COL 1 month ago

Axford worked around a walk to toss a run-free bottom of the ninth Monday against the Reds en route to collecting his seventh save of the season.

Axford's 7:6 K:BB ratio over 11 innings isn't anything special for a closer and suggests that his 0.82 ERA to date is mostly a mirage. While some inflation in that statistic should be expected once his BABIP (.226) and strand rate (92.3%) start to approach more normal levels, Axford still looks like a fairly stable ninth-inning option for the Rockies. His fastball still sits in the mid-90s and has yielded a fair 9.1 percent swinging-strike rate, while he's also been able to induce groundballs (54.8 GB%) at a career-best level.

John Axford RP COL 1 month ago

Axford gave up two hits but escaped without any runs allowed in the ninth inning to record his sixth save of the season in the second game of Saturday's doubleheader with the Giants.

Axford has been flawless thus far since taking over closing duties, lowering his ERA to 0.90 with Saturday's scoreless outing. The Rockies' losing ways haven't provided Axford with an abundance of save opportunities, but he should generally prove reliable whenever he's called upon.