Skip to content

John Axford is the Brewers closer again

Aug 22, 2012, 9:48 AM EDT

John Axford Getty Getty Images

At the end of July, amid an epic, multi-game meltdown of the Brewers bullpen, Ron Roenicke decided to go to a closer-by-committee approach. That’s over now, and John Axford has his old job back, it seems. Axford was put in after the Brewers turned a 5-0 lead into a save situation against the Cubs last night. And Roenicke liked what he saw:

“This is a guy we would obviously like to be in that closer role,” Roenicke said. “And the reason we took him out of it is to try and do what’s best for him to get back into that role. I think when he was out of it, I think he pitched well enough to allow us the confidence that we think we can put him back in there now.”

Overall Axford hasn’t exactly been lights-out since he was pulled from the closer’s role, so it’s not like he’s a new man or something. ┬áBut it’s at least worth Milwaukee figuring out what they have with him now, when the games no ┬álonger really matter as opposed to going into the offseason unsure of it.

Featured video

This was 'the perfect baseball game'
Top 10 MLB Player Searches
  1. G. Springer (3842)
  2. I. Davis (2889)
  3. C. Kimbrel (2786)
  4. B. Harper (2730)
  5. M. Machado (2660)
  1. M. Cuddyer (2621)
  2. C. Granderson (2468)
  3. J. Chavez (2375)
  4. J. Reyes (2317)
  5. K. Calhoun (2212)