Thursday, August 14, 2014

Pirates Acquire John Axford



This dropped right after the Pirates 5-2 loss to the Tigers.

Year Age Tm W L ERA G SV IP H R ER HR BB SO ERA+ FIP WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9
2009 26 MIL 0 0 3.52 7 1 7.2 5 3 3 0 6 9 122 3.10 1.435 5.9 0.0 7.0 10.6
2010 27 MIL 8 2 2.48 50 24 58.0 42 17 16 1 27 76 163 2.13 1.190 6.5 0.2 4.2 11.8
2011 28 MIL 2 2 1.95 74 46 73.2 59 19 16 4 25 86 202 2.41 1.140 7.2 0.5 3.1 10.5
2012 29 MIL 5 8 4.67 75 35 69.1 61 42 36 10 39 93 88 4.06 1.442 7.9 1.3 5.1 12.1
2013 30 TOT 7 7 4.02 75 0 65.0 73 32 29 10 26 65 96 4.34 1.523 10.1 1.4 3.6 9.0
2013 30 MIL 6 7 4.45 62 0 54.2 62 29 27 10 23 54 86 4.77 1.555 10.2 1.6 3.8 8.9
2013 30 STL 1 0 1.74 13 0 10.1 11 3 2 0 3 11 221 2.08 1.355 9.6 0.0 2.6 9.6
2014 31 CLE 2 3 3.92 49 10 43.2 34 21 19 6 30 51 96 4.71 1.466 7.0 1.2 6.2 10.5
6 Yrs 24 22 3.38 330 116 317.1 274 134 119 31 153 380 118 3.45 1.346 7.8 0.9 4.3 10.8
162 Game Avg. 5 5 3.38 68 24 65 56 28 25 6 32 78 118 3.45 1.346 7.8 0.9 4.3 10.8
MIL (5 yrs) 21 19 3.35 268 106 263.1 229 110 98 25 120 318 120 3.29 1.325 7.8 0.9 4.1 10.9
CLE (1 yr) 2 3 3.92 49 10 43.2 34 21 19 6 30 51 96 4.71 1.466 7.0 1.2 6.2 10.5
STL (1 yr) 1 0 1.74 13 0 10.1 11 3 2 0 3 11 221 2.08 1.355 9.6 0.0 2.6 9.6
NL (5 yrs) 22 19 3.29 281 106 273.2 240 113 100 25 123 329 122 3.25 1.326 7.9 0.8 4.0 10.8
AL (1 yr) 2 3 3.92 49 10 43.2 34 21 19 6 30 51 96 4.71 1.466 7.0 1.2 6.2 10.5
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 8/14/2014.

Since his 2011 bid with the Brewers Axford hasn't been overly good. He is striking out better than 10 batters per nine innings but overall his is giving up a ton of home runs and walking a ton of hitters. He does have a decent ground ball rate so maybe he can be useful for the Pirates but who really knows.

I would be pretty surprised if Axford is a boost to the current Pirates pen. That says a lot because the current middle of the Pirates pen is bad.

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