Monday was a pretty mundane day for Milwaukee Brewers pitcher John Axford as he literally was given the axe as the closer in the Milwaukee bullpen. Taking over until Axford gets back on track is Jim Henderson.
In 2 and 2/3 innings this season, Axford had allowed four home runs and a 20.25 ERA. Don’t over think yourselves though, as Axford does have 81 combined saves the past two seasons; although it really was a tale of two different years. In 2011 he had a 1.95 earned run average and in 2012 he sported a 4.67. Both years though he struck out many more batters than innings pitched, but he wasn’t as consistent with the strike-zone last year.
Why am I talking up Axford? Because the odds are that this is just temporary. Once Axford finds himself the job will most likely be his again. As CBS reports, “[His velocity] was way down,” Roenicke told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “We’ll talk to him and see how he’s doing but I noticed it was way down. He says he feel fine.” FanGraphs had Axford’s average fastball velocity at 92.4 Wednesday, down 2.3 miles per hour from Monday.”
Pick up Henderson in the time being, but stash Axford if you have the room. Last season as a rookie, Henderson pitched in 36 games, striking out 45 in 30.2 innings and only surrendering 1 home run. Don’t miss out on any hot pickups though. Check out the FFLockerRoom forum for all of your fantasy baseball needs.