Found August 23, 2012 on Razzball:
John Axford grabbed his 20th save of the season yesterday, striking out the side to convert his second save chance in as many days. He’s back, folks! Reports claim that John Axford asked, nay, demanded, nay!, politely requested that manager Roe Roenicke return him to the closer role, and well, it seems “please” really is the magic word! After Tuesday’s game Roenicke was quoted as saying, “I think he pitched well enough to allow us the confidence that we think we can put him back in there now.” LIAR! The Milwaukee bullpen must be the death of standards because Axford has had an unimpressive 6.35 ERA in just 5.2 innings in August before yesterdays outing, and a 4.85 ERA since being yanked from the role in mid-July. However, he has still been arguably better than Jim Henderson has been since he took over the ninth inning gig. Since grabbing his first save on August 8, Jimbo has pitched 5.1 innings, giving up 3 ER (5.06 ERA) and 8 hits (2.06 WHIP). We are talking about the lesser of evi...

Brewers' Fiers steps up, Axford regresses

While one Milwaukee Brewers pitcher spent Friday night's game getting back on track, another Brewers pitcher found himself going off the rails. Milwaukee's Friday matchup with Pittsburgh was an important game for both Mike Fiers and John Axford, as Fiers' recent struggles had put to question whether his early-season dominance was legitimate. Axford, on the other hand...

Brewers have regained confidence in Axford

MILWAUKEE After being removed from his long-time role as closer July 16, John Axford has been slowly working his way back from the mental issues that plagued the first half of his season. But last weekend, Axford, who has remained patient through the entire process, made a statement to Brewers manager Ron Roenicke that he was ready to return to his role. "I think just based...

Brewers no longer hungry for the Wolf

The Brewers released Randy Wolf today. A curious move considering they are about to shut down two starters, but an understandable move nonetheless. Randy Wolf has not been very good in 2011. He has been unlucky, but luck can only account for so much. Anyone who has watched him pitch this season knows that no matter how hard he worked or how well he was throwing, he was always hittable...

Randy Wolf Gets Birthday Present From Brewers in the Form of His Release

Birthdays are cool when you're a kid, and as you get a little bit older, they mark milestones here and there. You know, like how 16 means you can drive, 18 allows you to buy scratch tickets and 21 means you can drink -- legally. But as you get older, birthdays start to suck, for obvious reasons. It's probably safe to say that Randy Wolf has never had a birthday suck as the...

Brewers P gets bad news on birthday

The Brewers gave a really bad birthday gift to one of their players. To be fair, they probably don't consider it a present.

Brewers release Wolf on his 36th birthday

With the season winding down, the Milwaukee Brewers are auditioning young pitchers for next season's rotation. Veteran left-hander Randy Wolf isn't young, and he isn't part of next season's plans -- he was released Wednesday morning on his 36th birthday. In the final year of a three year, 29.75 million contract, Wolf has struggled. In 24 starts for Milwaukee, Wolf...

Slow curve separates Wolf from the pack

MILWAUKEE As the baseball left Randy Wolf's left hand in the sixth inning of the Milwaukee Brewers' Aug. 9 game against the Reds, batter Brandon Phillips could tell almost immediately that there was something different about this pitch. The ball spun so quickly, yet seemed to be moving so slowly through the air a pitch seemingly caught in slow motion. It elevated above...

Bernie Brewer wishes Randy Wolf happy birthday, pitcher released shortly after

You know how beleaguered coaches dread receiving a “vote of confidence” from a team’s owner in the press after the media has been stalking the coach like a wounded animal, soon to be put out of its misery? And more often than not, the so-called vote of confidence is merely a stalling tactic until the owner [...]

Wolf leaves with good feelings for Brewers

This was no way to celebrate your 36th birthday. Instead of enjoying the day, left-hander Randy Wolf packed his bags and departed Wednesday after the Milwaukee Brewers released him. Wolf had struggled throughout the season, going 3-10 with a 5.69 ERA, and had been particularly bad of late with a 0-04 record and 6.57 ERA in his last five starts. With right-hander Shaun Marcum...

Brewers release veteran starter Randy Wolf

Randy Wolf doesn't really know what has been wrong with him this season, and understands why the Milwaukee Brewers released him on Wednesday. And while the move wasn't an easy one to take, the veteran left-hander went out of his way to say that he doesn't harbor any bitterness toward the Brewers - even though he got the bad news on his 36th birthday. ''It'...

Gallardo, Brewers aim for sweep of Cubs

The Milwaukee Brewers were on a pretty impressive run at Miller Park heading into this week, and that's only been helped by facing the Chicago Cubs. Yovani Gallardo looks for a fifth straight victory Wednesday as he tries to lead the Brewers to a three-game sweep of the woeful Cubs. After going 1-5 in Houston and Colorado, Milwaukee improved to 4-2 on a seven-game homestand...

Roenicke reluctant to call anyone an ace

MILWAUKEE The question would've been easy to answer before Zack Greinke was dealt at this season's trade deadline. But now, with the Milwaukee Brewers rotation more in flux than it has been in years, the question makes manager Ron Roenicke noticeably skittish. Who is the Brewers' ace? The nature of the query isn't the uncomfortable part. It's that final word...

Brewers 3, Cubs 2

Ryan Braun hit his NL-leading 34th home run of the season, Yovani Gallardo pitched seven strong innings and the Milwaukee Brewers completed a three-game sweep of the Chicago Cubs with a 3-2 victory Wednesday. John Axford pitched a scoreless ninth to convert his second straight save, returning to his role as the Brewers' closer after he was demoted earlier in the season. Gallardo...

Brewers release LHP Randy Wolf

Randy Wolf Released By Brewers

Photo: Matt Slocum/AP  It has been known for some time that Shaun Marcum would be returning to the Brewers’ rotation soon, but the way the club chose to free up a spot for him still caught a lot of people off-guard. Despite early reports that the Brewers’ brass would likely either shut down a young starter (Mike Fiers or Mark Rogers) or employ a six-man rotation for the...
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