Bullpen strikes again as Colorado Rockies swept in doubleheader

  Expect different results at your own risk. The Colorado Rockies witnessed their bullpen blow a small lead once again on Tuesday night. What was a 3-1 lead in the 7th inning quickly turned into a 5-3 deficit. Scott Oberg, who probably is miscast and not quite ready for the big leagues, was to blame again in the nightcap. Anyone watching this Rockies team for any amount of time...
Via BSN Denver
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Ugly gets uglier as Colorado Rockies season keeps getting worse

  The Colorado Rockies hold the distinction as only one of three Major League franchises that have never lost 100 games. Three weeks ago, it looked like that mark would stay in-tact. Instead, the Rockies have gone from crashing and burning in another terrible season, to dumping kerosene on the fire and trying to incinerate anything remaining. On Monday, for the 12th time in the...
Via BSN Denver
10 days ago  |  Discuss

SAGNOF Special, Week 21: The Wilhelmsen Scream

SAGNOF just keeps finding ways to stay absurd.  Tom Wilhelmsen, Jean Machi, John Axford = good.  Carson Smith, Junichi Tazawa.... even Greg Holland = bad.  If all you care about are saves there's been a wealth of options available.  Realistically, I think chasing saves with bad closers can be a losing proposition.  What do the first three (the so called "good") have in common...
Via Razzball
10 days ago  |  Discuss

John Axford reclaims role as Rockies' closer

Two weeks after being relegated from the Rockies' closer role, John Axford will be on the mound attempting to save games again. Manager Walt Weiss told reporters before the Rockies' game on Tuesday that Axford has been reinstated as the team's closer after pitching two weeks in a late-relief role. "He went through some tough times," Weiss said. "But he righted the ship. So I'll plug...
Via Fox Sports
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Justin Upton throws helmet in dugout, hits teammate in head (VIDEO)

Maybe Justin Upton should just stick to throwing baseballs from the outfield. After getting picked off at second base by Rockies reliever John Axford in the eighth inning, the angry Padres outfielder attempted to throw his helmet in frustration in the team's dugout, but his helmet slipped out of his hand and smacked teammate Yonder Alonso in the head. Grenade in the dugout...
Via The Other Paper
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Colorado Rockies bullpen is beyond predictable

  Why even watch? That’s not being cynical, that’s simply being realistic. It is an honest question. Do most Colorado Rockies fans simply turn off the TV when it is time to watch the bullpen come in and either keep a game close or hold on to a small lead? The end result is as sure of a bet as death and taxes. The Rockies did it again on Tuesday night. Down 1-0 after Chris Rusin...
Via BSN Denver
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Walt Weiss names Tommy Kahlne Rockies' interim closer

With John Axford temporarily relegated from the Colorado Rockies' closer role, manager Walt Weiss won't name a long-term replacement for Axford, but revealed which reliever will be given a chance to close out games for the Rockies in the interim. Weiss said Saturday that righty Tommy Kahlne will be given a shot as the Rockies' closer in Axford's absence, but stressed that there's...
Via Fox Sports
24 days ago  |  Discuss

John Gets the Axford

After blowing his fifth save Thursday night, giving up three walks and two runs in the ninth, John Axford has now blown four save chances in his past five appearances. Colorado Rockies Manager Walt Weiss said Friday that John Axford would be removed from the closer role. But from the looks of the quote, it sounds like Axford could potentially gain the job back, especially if the...
Via Razzball
August 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Axford, Rockies literally walk off in loss to Cardinals

As a guy who allowed just one earned run from April 8 until June 17, these past six weeks must have been agony for John Axford. The closer who was virtually unhittable in his first 20 games, compiling a .047 ERA and .162 batting average against to go along with one win and 12 saves, can’t seem to buy an out these days. Heck, he’s having a hard time even getting strikes at this...
Via Mile High Sports
July 31, 2015  |  Discuss

John Axford blows another save as Colorado Rockies can’t help themselves

  There is no such thing as slugging your way to a championship. If there is any reason to question why the Colorado Rockies need to focus on pitching as the trade deadline approaches, the answer has been abundantly clear over the past week. Thursday night would have been enough to make fans sick, if they weren’t still in complete shock over the trade of Troy Tulowitzki earlier...
Via BSN Denver
July 31, 2015  |  Discuss

Watch this warp-speed tour through Wrigley Field catacombs with John Axford

Players consistently rate the Wrigley Field's facilities for visiting teams the worst in Major League Baseball. It's cramped, outdated and lacks the equipment common in most modern clubhouses. "It's jammed," former Mets and current Blue Jays catcher Josh Thole said of the clubhouse. "Put 20 reporters in there, and it gets even more jammed. There's no place to hide out. It's significantly...
Via Fox Sports
July 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Heartbreak doesn’t hurt like it should for Colorado Rockies fans

  It just doesn’t hurt like it used to. The Colorado Rockies climbed all the way back from a 8-4 deficit, tying the game on Carlos Gonzalez’s three-run blast in the bottom of the 8th inning. It was the second time in the game that the Rockies had erased a four-run deficit. It would have made sense that when John Axford promptly gave up two runs in the 9th inning to seal that...
Via BSN Denver
July 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Tigers have inquired about Rockies closer John Axford

Rockies closer John Axford is garnering plenty of attention as the trade deadline nears, and now yet another team reportedly has their eyes on him FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that the Detroit Tigers are amongst the teams that have inquired about Axford. In 29 appearances, the 32-year-old reliever has recorded 16 of 17 save opportunities and holds a 2.36 ERA with 25 strikeouts...
Via Fox Sports
July 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Colorado Rockies trade rumors: John Axford edition

There is now a mere 13 days left until the Major League Baseball trade deadline, and it is crunch time for the teams that need impact acquisitions. As I have said week after week, the Colorado Rockies are one of these teams. Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez are naturally the two players that they will receive the most out of, but they cannot be the only option for the trade block...
July 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Second half is about what direction the Colorado Rockies will take in 2016

  Break’s over, back to reality. For fans of many baseball teams around the country, the four-day All-Star break is way too long. Their team is in the thick of a pennant race and they are dying to see their team keep the momentum going. For fans of the Colorado Rockies, the break is a much-needed breath of fresh air from another season that will end fruitlessly. The Rockies finished...
Via BSN Denver
July 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Ten under-the-radar players to watch at the trade deadline

Yesterday, we took a look at the big names that may be on the move at this year’s trade deadline. Chances are your team won’t trade for any of those guys; instead, they’ll trade for a guy you kind of forgot was in the league before you look up his numbers and realize he’s been pretty good this year. That’s what always happens at the trade deadline. Those guys you’d...
Via The Outside Corner
July 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Rockies activate Axford from family emergency list

PHOENIX (AP) The Colorado Rockies have activated closer John Axford from the family emergency medical leave list. It was his second time on that list this season. The first came on April 14 shortly after his 2-year-old son was hospitalized with rattlesnake bites. He was placed back on the list on Tuesday but the team said it was not related to his son, who they said is doing fine...
Via AP on Fox
July 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Rockies win first interleague game, lose Axford

The Colorado Rockies picked up their first interleague win in 2015 Tuesday night and ended a near-record-setting streak of 14 consecutive interleague losses with a 2-1 victory in Oakland. Jorge de la Rosa pitched seven innings of four-hit scoreless baseball en route to his fifth victory on the year. Colorado is 7-1 in his last 8 starts. Highlights of de la Rosa’s night are provided...
Via Mile High Sports
July 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Rockies closer Axford takes family leave for second time this season

For the second time this season Rockies pitcher John Axford has been placed on the family medical emergency list. Earlier in the year, the reliever needed time away to care for his snake-bitten son, Jameson Axford. This time the reason isn’t regarding his son, according to Nick Groke of the Denver Post. Rockies manager Walt Weiss said:"He has some things to take care of at home...
Via Fox Sports
July 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Rockies closer John Axford making All-Star case

The latest All-Star Game fan voting updates were released on Monday, and with less than a week remaining for voting, it doesn’t look like the Rockies will have any starters on the National League squad. Nolan Arenado has not budged at fourth among third baseman in votes despite putting up MVP-like numbers. While Arenado will surely be put on the roster as a reserve, there’s another...
Via Fox Sports
June 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Axford, Rockies rebound for series win

John Axford got a shot at redemption on Thursday and, despite some struggles, left Coors Field with a save and a series win for the Rockies over Arizona. Colorado entered the ninth inning with a 6-2 lead after some late inning offense from Troy Tulowitzki and the rest of the Rockies. The game was tied until the sixth inning when the teams traded runs, Colorado’s coming off a Nolan...
Via Mile High Sports
June 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Rockies closer John Axford blows save on June 24, again

June 24 is not a good date for Rockies closer John Axford. The right-hander blew his first save of the season on Wednesday (June 24). It was actually his first blown save since -- you guessed it -- June 24 of last year.Bad luck for Axford? The Rockies closer looks at the positive side. Per, he said, "I've had a lot of good things happen for me personally this year -- a lot...
Via Fox Sports
June 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Axford struggles as Colorado Rockies lose late to Diamondbacks

  Anyone who watches baseball could have seen it coming. John Axford has been nearly perfect for the Colorado Rockies in 2015. It has been a season in which he has re-established himself as one of baseball’s elite closers. However, even the best closers are bound to blow a few games each season. It is simply the nature of baseball. Mariano Rivera did it, Trevor Hoffman did it...
Via BSN Denver
June 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Rockies' Weiss defends pitching decision despite blown save

The Rockies lost a heart-breaking game on Tuesday in the ninth inning when Rafael Betancourt gave up the lead on a grand slam. Despite the fact that closer John Axford was a perfect 10 for 10 in save opportunities, Rockies manager Walt Weiss declined to call on him to protect the three run lead. Per the Denver Post, Weiss said, “No, that was not an option.”It should be noted...
Via Fox Sports
June 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Thousands now or millions later – the choice an MLB draft pick must make

In part one, I took a deep look into what happens when an amateur player declines to sign a contract after being drafted. Essentially breaking down what their chances are of being drafted again and how it will effect their draft stock on a generic level. What wasn’t discussed was money. Money is almost certainly the reasoning behind those results, particularly where players drafted...
Via The Outside Corner
June 02, 2015  |  Discuss
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