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John Axford | Relief Pitcher

Team: Colorado Rockies
Age / DOB:  (32) / 4/1/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 220
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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John Axford blew a save Friday after giving up a solo homer to Joey Votto.
Axford has now allowed four runs on four hits and five walks in 2 2/3 innings over his last three appearances, which includes two blown saves. And two wins, by the way. The 32-year-old has looked like a potential trade chip for Colorado, but his recent performances could turn teams away. Jul 25 - 12:45 AM

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John Axford blew the save but got the win as the Rockies walked off 8-7 winners versus the Rangers on Monday.

Axford issued a leadoff walk to Leonys Martin, then watched Adrian Beltre double him home with two outs in the ninth inning to tie the game up at 7-7. The right-hander was happy to see Ben Paulsen drive home the walk-off run in the bottom half of the inning. Axford has otherwise been reliable in the ninth inning for the Rockies this season, brandishing a 2.60 ERA with a 25/13 K/BB ratio in 27 2/3 innings while converting the save in 16 of 18 opportunities. The floundering Rockies could trade Axford in the days leading up to the July 31 trade deadline. Depending on where he would end up, Axford's value could be helped or hurt, so he's someone to watch closely in the next week and a half.
Jul 21 - 12:35 AM

FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that the Tigers are among the clubs that have inquired on John Axford.

Axford is having a surprisingly good season in Colorado with a 2.36 ERA and 16 saves. It's not a given at this point that the disappointing Tigers will be buyers at the trade deadline, but they could use some bullpen help if they do decide to make upgrades.
Jul 19 - 3:11 PM

John Axford hurled a 1-2-3 ninth inning Friday against the Braves for his 16th save of the season.

Axford needed just eight pitches to finish off the win. The veteran right-hander has been pretty steady since taking over the closer role in late April and owns a 2.36 ERA and 25/11 K/BB ratio over 26 2/3 innings. He has pitched in three straight games, so Rockies manager Walt Weiss might have turn to Scott Oberg if a save opportunity arises on Saturday.
Jul 11 - 12:45 AM

Rockies activated RHP John Axford from the 7-day family emergency list.

Axford should immediately resume his role as closer. This year he's converted 13-of-14 save chances while posting a respectable 2.42 ERA. The Rockies sent Justin Miller to Triple-A Albuquerque to open up a roster spot.
Jul 4 - 6:36 PM

Rockies placed RHP John Axford on the 7-day family emergency list.

Manager Walt Weiss said that the reliever "just has things to take care of at home." He did note that Axford's son, Jameson, who was bitten by a rattlesnake during spring training, is fine. It's not clear how long Axford will be away. LaTroy Hawkins, Scott Oberg and Tommy Kahnle could be in the mix for saves in Axford's absence.
Jun 30 - 8:46 PM

John Axford was not listed on the Rockies' lineup card prior to Tuesday's game.

Chris Cotillo of MLBDailyDish.com hears that his absence isn't related to an injury or trade and that the Rockies will "release something soon" about the reliever. Axford had to miss time earlier this season when his son, Jameson, was bitten by a rattlesnake, so hopefully it's not related to that. An update on Axford should come shortly.
Jun 30 - 7:14 PM

John Axford held on Thursday against the Diamondbacks to convert his 13th save of the season.

The Rockies grabbed a 6-2 lead in the bottom of the eighth inning, so Boone Logan came on for the top of the ninth. However, he allowed the first two batters to reach before Axford was called on to put out the fire. Danny Dorn drove in one run with a ground out and Paul Goldschmidt followed with a sacrifice fly, but Axford was able to strike out Yasmani Tomas swinging to end it. The 32-year-old has had a couple of bumpy outings of late, but he still owns a solid 2.42 ERA through 24 appearances this season.
Jun 25 - 7:02 PM

John Axford took his first blown save and loss after giving up three runs in the ninth versus the Diamondbacks on Wednesday.

Well, it was bound to happen at some point. Axford allowed three hits and walked two before being yanked with two outs in the ninth, turning a 7-5 lead into an 8-7 deficit. He's 12-for-13 saving games this year, so his job remains quite secure.
Jun 25 - 1:27 AM

John Axford struck out the side in the ninth inning, grabbing his 12th save as the Rockies earned a 4-1 win over the Marlins on Sunday.

Axford worked around a leadoff walk of J.T. Realmuto, striking out Adeiny Hechavarria, Derek Dietrich, and Dee Gordon to end the game. Though he entered the season third on the Rockies' bullpen depth chart, Axford has been terrific as the club's closer, earning the save in all 12 opportunities with a 0.47 ERA and a 16/8 K/BB ratio in 19 innings.
Jun 14 - 4:43 PM

John Axford kept the Cardinals off the board in the ninth inning, earning his ninth save as the Rockies won 4-3 on Tuesday.

Axford allowed a two-out walk to Peter Bourjos, but got Jason Heyward to ground out to end a rather minor threat. The 32-year-old has been an unlikely closing stud since taking the closer's role from Rafael Betancourt and Adam Ottavino. He's 11-for-11 converting saves with a 0.50 ERA and a 13/7 K/BB ratio in 18 innings.
Jun 10 - 1:07 AM

John Axford worked around trouble Saturday against the Phillies to convert his ninth save of the season.

Handed a three-run lead, Axford allowed back-to-back singles to Cody Asche and Jeff Francoeur to begin the bottom of the ninth inning. However, he got Carlos Ruiz to line out and Cesar Hernandez to hit into a fielder's choice before striking out Ben Revere looking to end it. While it wasn't the original plan, Axford has done well in the closer role for Colorado this season, going a perfect 9-for-9 in save chances while posting a 0.64 ERA and 10/6 K/BB ratio over 14 innings. The Rockies have now won six out of their last seven games.
May 30 - 6:34 PM

John Axford struck out one over a perfect inning while recording a save in Wednesday's win over the Reds.

He struck out Brandon Phillips and also got a flyout and groundout to preserve the two-run victory. Axford has been surprisingly effective for the Rockies, nailing down all eight of his save chances while posting a 0.75 ERA. He's allowed just two hits over his last seven appearances.
May 27 - 3:40 PM

John Axford collected his sixth save of the year Saturday as the Rockies beat the Giants 5-3 in the second half of a doubleheader at Coors Field.

Axford gave up a leadoff single to Gregor Blanco, but that's all the damage the Giants could muster down two in the ninth. Axford has been pretty steady all season and is now running away with the Rockies' ninth-inning gig. He's obviously a must-own in all standard fantasy leagues, even as the closer on a bad Colorado team.
May 24 - 1:59 AM

John Axford disposed of the Phillies in a scoreless ninth inning, earning his fifth save as the Rockies eked out a 6-5 victory on Tuesday.

Axford got ground outs from Cesar Hernandez and Ben Revere before getting Freddy Galvis to fly out to center to end the game. The lowly Rockies have won only three games dating back to April 28, so Axford has seen few save chances. He's 5-for-5 with a 1.13 ERA and a 7/4 K/BB ratio in eight innings.
May 20 - 12:06 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Nick Hundley
2Michael McKenry
1B1Justin Morneau
2Wilin Rosario
3Ben Paulsen
2B1D.J. LeMahieu
2Daniel Descalso
SS1Troy Tulowitzki
3B1Nolan Arenado
LF1Corey Dickerson
CF1Charlie Blackmon
2Brandon Barnes
RF1Carlos Gonzalez
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Jorge De La Rosa
2Kyle Kendrick
3Chad Bettis
4Chris Rusin
5David Hale
6Eddie Butler
7Jordan Lyles
8Tyler Anderson
9Tyler Chatwood
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1John Axford
2Boone Logan
3LaTroy Hawkins
4Rafael Betancourt
5Tommy Kahnle
6Brooks Brown
7Christian Friedrich
8Christian Bergman
9Rex Brothers
10Yohan Flande
11Gonzalez Germen
12Adam Ottavino