John Axford has struggled in 2013; but does he deserve a demotion? Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports
Fans who are hoping to see Milwaukee Brewers closing pitcher John Axford sent down to the minor leagues will have to wait. According to manager Ron Roenicke, the Brewers have not discussed demoting the once prominent closer despite his 0-3 record and 9.95 ERA. He has yet to record a save this season and has already given up six home runs in just over 12 innings.
Here’s what Roenicke had to say about the possibility of demoting him:
"No, it’s not [under discussion]. We feel he can get it back together. We saw him do it last year, and still feel that he can do it."
After four straight appearances with giving up at least one run to start the season, Axford reclaimed his velocity and location. He held opponents scoreless over his next six appearances while only giving up two hits. However, his success didn’t last long. In two innings so far in May, Axford has given up four runs and only managed to throw a complete inning once.
Fans are fed up with Axford, apparent by the boos that are rained down when he enters and leaves a ballgame. But sending him to the minors is not the answer. He will figure his stuff out soon, just like he did in 2012. If I were Roenicke, I would throw him into a save situation and just see how he does. If Axford succeeds, his confidence will be through the roof.
What are your thoughts? Do you think John Axford should be sent to the minors?