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John Axford (RP)

Colorado Rockies - 52% owned

Bats: R, Throws: R
John Axford collects sixth save

Wed, May 27th 6:46pm EDT
By Kyle Smith

The Colorado Rockies squared off against the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday and won by the score of 6-to-4. In the win Rockies closer John Axford entered in the 9th and shut the door for his sixth save of the season. He did not allow any batter to reach base and struck out one.

Fantasy Impact: Axford continues to be a shut down closer since getting the role due to injuries. The Rockies have been struggling to win games which is limiting Axford's value. Axford should be on most fantasy rosters but he still needs to gain more opportunities before he enters a must-own territory.


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John Axford closes the door

Wed, May 20th 1:28am EDT
By Kyle Smith

The Colorado Rockies finally got some offense going on Tuesday and entered the ninth inning with a 6-to-5 lead. Rockies closer John Axford entered the game and pitched a perfect ninth inning for his fifth save of the season.

Fantasy Impact: The Rockies are on their third closer of the season so far, but Axford has done well in the closer role. Save opportunities have been rare for Axford thus far as the Rockies have not been getting very many wins. Axford deserves a roster spot but just be aware of the lack of opportunities he receives.


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John Axford locked down his 4th save of the season in the Rockies 5-4 win over the Dodgers Thursday night. Carlos Gonzalez smashed a 3-run HR in the top of the ninth to put the Rockies ahead, and Axford preserved the victory with a scoreless inning. He struck out one, and yielded only a walk to Adrian Gonzalez.

Fantasy Impact: Axford has been slightly held back as the Rox closer due to limited save opportunities. However, when he has had the opportunity, he has made the most of it. Now 4-for-4 in save situations with a solid 1.29 ERA, Axford is certainly seizing his resurgence opportunity in Colorado. Fantasy owners in need of closer help should look his way as he is still owned in only 54% of fantasy leagues.


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The Rockies and Angels played a low-scoring affair through 11 innings on Wednesday. John Axford was able to contribute that by tossing one inning and not allowing a runner to reach base in the eight inning.

Fantasy Impact: Axford has had a resurgence in his career since joining the Rockies. He is working as the closer and is a perfect 3-for-3 on save opportunities. He carries a 1.50 ERA through 6 innings. Axford would be a great fantasy option if the Rockies could win more games for him to close. His opportunities have been few and far between and as of right now he is a number two closer for fantasy purposes.


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The Rockies had a rough outing in game one of a double header on Wednesday. Axford found his way into the game and failed to record an out. He allowed two hits, one walk, and one run before getting yanked. Despite not recording an out and giving up a run his ERA sits a 1.80.

Fantasy Impact: With Adam Ottavino out for the season and LaTroy Hawkins still banged up, Axford has a chance to establish himself as the Rockies closer. This could be great for fantasy owners if he can take the job and not give it up as the Rockies have the ability to play a lot of close games. If he is still on your waiver wire you should give serious though to picking him up.


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John Axford came into the game in the 8th inning on Wednesday and shut the Padres hitters down 1-2-3 with a strikeout.

Fantasy Impact: This is only the second appearance by Axford this season but he has not allowed a hit in either appearance. Should anything happen to Adam Ottavino, the Rockies could turn to Axford as a replacement closer if he continues to pitch well.


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John Axford tossed a perfect 10th inning against his former team the Milwaukee Brewers. Axford struck out Adam Lind swinging, Aramis Ramírez grounded out to second base and Khris Davis grounded out to third to end the game.

Fantasy Impact: Working with a one year contract John Axford is a welcome addition to the Rockies bullpen. Axford's role in the Rockies bullpen figures to be as a set up man, but things may change.


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Free agent John Axford is drawing interest from a host of teams, but primarily the Blue Jays. (Source: Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Jays are looking for more depth in their bullpen to bolster their improving team and the Candian flamethrower could help. Axford may have seen his ERA raise to 4,24 over the past three seasons after posting a 2.19 ERA in 2010 and 2011, but he has still averaged 10.5 K/9 from 2012-2014. Axford was the closer for the Brewers until his BB/9 ballooned to 5.1 in 2012, but he saved 105 games between 2010 and 2012 and for 2010 and 2011 was one of the premier relievers in baseball. Axford's walk problems are the biggest issue, as his BB/9 was 5.9 last year, but his H/9 were his lowest since 2010 and the strikeout potential is huge. The Blue Jays have a much improved team but have no players with closer experience; if Axford can sign with the Blue Jays and solidify the closer role, he could be a good late round option as a closer.