John Axford
RP OAK
3 weeks ago

Axford was credited with his second hold of spring in Sunday's 5-4 Cactus League win over the Mariners, surrendering one hit and one walk over one inning. He also recorded a strikeout.

EDGE Analysis

The veteran righty has fired two scoreless innings this spring, and he remains in the mix for potential save opportunities in the coming season in what could be a closer-by-committee approach. Axford was originally slated to pitch on Team Canada in the World Baseball Classic but eventually withdrew, leaving him with additional opportunities to compete for a robust bullpen role this spring.

John Axford
RP OAK
3 weeks ago

Axford will not play for Team Canada in the World Baseball Classic, John Hickey of Bay Area News Group reports.

EDGE Analysis

It's a reversal from his original plans, and details will be revealed later today, according to Hickey. Axford is one of four relievers in consideration for Oakland saves, though he probably ranks behind Ryan Madson, Sean Doolittle and Santiago Casilla.

John Axford
RP OAK
1 month ago

Axford will play for Team Canada in this year's WBC, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

The veteran reliever, who compiled 15 holds and three saves (in 10 chances) along with a 6-4 record and 3.97 ERA across 65.2 innings in 2016, will be part of a pitching staff that will include fellow major leaguers Andrew Albers and Kevin Chapman.

John Axford
RP OAK
7 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
8 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
10 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
11 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
11 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
1 year 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
1 year 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.