MILWAUKEE -- Searching for any clue as to why his velocity has dipped in his first two outings of the season, Brewers closer John Axford went to the video tape.
He pulled up side-by-side video from this season and successful outings from 2012 and 2011.
"Nothing looks different," Axford said. "It's the same. The arm slot is the same going back to 2011, same leg lift, same separation, same arm path front and backside, everything is the same. Release point is the same."
Right now Axford isn't concerned that his velocity is down. Wednesday night against Colorado, Axford's fastball was in the 91-93 mph range, a big difference from his usual 96-98 mph.
"That's not anything too different from where I've been before," Axford said. "I know last year my velocity was up a little bit more. But at the beginning of the year I think it was more 95-96 mph. As the year progresses that's where my velocity generally starts coming in. I started hitting those 98s around May."
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