Mon, 02 Jun 2014 13:53:17 -0700
Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona said RP John Axford is physically fine despite the fact that he hasn't thrown since last Tuesday. Francona has leaned on other relievers in close games.
Sat, 10 May 2014 14:48:54 -0700
The Cleveland Indians have removed RP John Axford from the closer role. There won't be a set ninth-inning arm, but Cody Allen, Scott Atchison, Marc Rzepczynski and Bryan Shaw will see chances, per Terry Francona.
Fantasy Tip: Allen and Shaw, in that order, are your best pickups, and going further down the chart right now in mixed leagues with Atchison and Rzepczynski for speculation won't pay off. Ax will work in less stressful innings but could get the job back down the line. Your commitment depends on your roster structure and need to wait this out.
Thu, 08 May 2014 14:53:20 -0700
Cleveland Indians RP John Axford worked with pitching coach Mickey Callaway, and Axford noticed a flaw in his posture that was affecting his breaking pitch. The two have also been working on tweaking Axford's arm slot to reduce the run on his fastball, and Axford felt he had improvement in both areas in his outing Wednesday, May 7, when he had a scoreless ninth inning. He had allowed four runs and three walks in 1 1/3 innings in his last two appearances (one blown save and a loss).
Fantasy Tip: Axford's shaky outings of late has many speculating that Cody Allen or even Bryan Shaw may start to see some save chances in his stead. Allen should be your first target if you're speculating for a change at the back end of the 'pen, but it might be a little premature, especially if Axford's fixes take hold.
Wed, 07 May 2014 06:19:54 -0700
Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona said he still has confidence in CL John Axford. "He's our closer," Francona said. "When you start running from guys as opposed to trying to get them back to where they need to be, that can be unsettling for a team."
Wed, 07 May 2014 06:15:44 -0700
Cleveland Indians RP Bryan Shaw filled in for CL John Axford and recorded the save Tuesday, May 6.
Tue, 06 May 2014 18:09:50 -0700
Cleveland Indians RP John Axford was unavailable Tuesday, May 6, against the Minnesota Twins after having pitched in three straight games.
Sun, 04 May 2014 14:28:40 -0700
Cleveland Indians CL John Axford gave up three runs in two-thirds of an inning to blow the save Sunday, May 4.
Thu, 24 Apr 2014 13:50:04 -0700
Cleveland Indians RP John Axford leads the American League in saves with eight and has a 2.79 ERA through 11 outings. He's held hitters to a .176 average with nine strikeouts and seven walks in 9 2/3 innings.
Sun, 20 Apr 2014 14:22:31 -0700
Cleveland Indians CL John Axford allowed two hits and a walk Sunday, April 20, but recorded his sixth save.
Fantasy Tip: He has walked seven batters in 7 2/3 innings thus far. He's getting the job done, but one must wonder how long his luck will persevere.
Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:49:41 -0700
Cleveland Indians RP John Axford, who has five saves in six chances this year, has been working to lower his high walk rate; through eight games and 6 2/3 innings this year, he has six walks. "It's really just a matter of making sure I attack the hitters," Axford said, "and do that a little more aggressively than what I have been. That still remains a focus of mine when I go out there. I just have to make sure I accomplish it."
Fantasy Tip: Axford's success this year in the closer role will either live or die by how well he controls all of his pitches. He's been a slow starter in his career, but it's concerning to see him walking this many out of the gates. If this trend continues, he could be in line for some shaky outings.