Good morning everyone and welcome to the Thursday edition of Brewer Daily News. Since his struggles began, John Axford has finally opened up and talked about his frustrations out on the mound. In the second bit of news, the Milwaukee Brewers got rained out last night.
Axford has been in this position before, teetering on being a closer and just another bullpen arm. However, the 30-year-old righty spoke out about his struggles so far in 2013:
“I’m not mad about the situation,” Axford said. “It’s my situation that I put myself into. Obviously, it would be better if the results were better and I didn’t have to be in this position, but it was three games in a row. – via Brewers.com
So far this season, Axford has accumulated an ERA of 24.30 with two losses and a blown save. Axford had struggled in 2012, but rebounded in late August, racking up 15 straight saves in a row. Many fans blamed manager Ron Roenicke for putting Axford out in Tuesday’s 6-3 loss, but Roenicke felt that the Ax-Man’s arm was the only one available.
“Our choices for the late innings, it’s the same thing. When [Jim] Henderson is down, then where do you go to?” – via Brewers.com
With Jim Henderson in as the closer, it’s unsure when and if Axford will get the job back soon. The bullpen has run into some brick walls to start off the season, but the team is hoping to avoid a meltdown like in 2012.
Secondly this morning, the Brewers did not play the Chicago Cubs last night as Mother Nature had other plans. The game will be made up on July 30th as part of a day-night doubleheader.
The Brewers (2-6) have an off day today before taking on the St. Louis Cardinals (5-4) tomorrow night at 8:15 p.m. ET / 7:15 p.m. CT. The starters will be Kyle Lohse for Milwaukee and Shelby Miller for St. Louis.