Rockies Remove Axford, No Longer The Closer 3 years ago

This article references A, C, John Axford, OF, Rafael Betancourt, SP, SS, TE, Tommy Kahnle and more! Colorado Rockies closer John Axford has been removed from his role, according to The Denver Post.

Axford, 32, has blown three straight, and four out of his last five, save opportunities. Two of those three opportunities actually resulted in a win, while the other two were for losses. The right-hander also suffered the loss in a game against the Angels earlier in the season.

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Around the Horn: August16, 2013 5 years ago

A young prospect is ready to make his name at the big league level, or is he? The story of the top second base prospect is one of many storylines in today's piece. ELITE PROSPECT CALLED UP Kolten Wong has been called up. Who is Kolten Wong? According to many he may be the best [...]

2012 Positional Review -- Relief Pitchers: Hits 6 years ago

Now that the 2012 season is over, it's time to review how my predictions went for each position in fantasy baseball. To that end, I will review my top-10 at each position and give a brief rundown on how each of the ten performed. I'll also list which player was a "Hit" (someone who lived [...]

Review: NL LABR 6 years ago

The worst team of all-time. The worst ever drafted. How could I possibly be considered an expert drafting this team? I heard some variance of the above in emails, in tweets, on my show on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio. I heard it from everyone. E V E R Y O N E. I left money [...]

Around the Horn: August8, 2012 6 years ago

(1) Mike Trout Greatest Player of All-Time? Some seem to think so. I don't. (2) Aroldis Chapman having the best best season ever for a reliever? (3) Huston Street dominating like no ones business. (4) Rafael Betancourt historically good, like All-Time good. (5) Chris Perez struggling closing out games. Could we see Vinnie Pestano soon? [...]

SWIP: 2012 -- Swingmen & Relievers 7 years ago

Yesterday in SWIP: 2012 -- Starters, I gave a detailed description of exactly what SWIP is before I took a look at the starting pitcher pool from 2011. In PART II of my SWIP report, I'll take a look at all the hurlers who tossed less than 160 innings including a discussion about the men [...]

2012 Fantasy Baseball Closer Report: Sleeper Candidates 7 years ago

As we approach the start of the 2012 MLB season and fantasy baseball drafts are in full swing, watching every team's bullpen becomes imperative. It's easy to say that you're going to target Craig Kimbrel and Jonathan Papelbon in your draft, but things happen, trends change, and before you know it, you just missed a huge closer run in your draft and you start to feel that nervous pit in your stomach that's filled with concern for a lack of saves.  Sometimes, when that happens, you need to take a step back and regroup.  You need to assess where in your draft is the right time to make a move now that all of the top options are off the board.  So today, we're going to look at a few low end options who, according to their most recent ADP rankings, can be had at a bargain price.  You don't want to sleep on...

Rafael Betancourt, COL -- Though he's never held down a closer's role, the Rockies felt very comfortable letting Huston Street go and supplanting him with Betancourt. His last two seasons have been phenomenal, posting double digit K/9 marks with very few walks and solid FIP totals.  His Achilles heel seems to still be the long ball which is never good for a fly ball pitcher in Coors Field, but he makes up for it with his high strikeout totals, particularly his 12.8% swinging strike percentage.  If missing bats is a must for a closer, then Betancourt fits the bill.  His most recent ADP numbers have him going around the 198th pick or the middle of the 16th round in standard 12-team mixed leagues. While you're building up the rest of your team with your early picks, you can get find just as much success with your bullpen by drafting Betancourt late.

Javy Guerra, LAD -- While everyone just assumes that Kenley Jansen will take over the closer's role for the Dodgers, manager Don Mattingly continues to stand by and give votes of confidence to Guerra. And yet, Jansen...