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Block gives possible reasons for Brewers' Axford 'getting hit pretty hard'
Milwaukee Brewers#59 John Axford picks up his 19th save in a 5-2 win over the Chicago Cubs during the Milwaukee Brewers- Chicago Cubs MLB baseball game at Miller Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Tuesday, August 21, 2012. Journal Sentinel photo by Rick Wood/RWOOD@JOURNALSENTINEL.COM Image by Rick Wood
MILWAUKEE - Brewers reliever John Axford has an ERA that almost reaches your street's speed limit.
Axford, who has been dropped from his normal closer role, has failed miserably in his outings during this early stretch of the 2013 season.
Newsradio 620 WTMJ Brewers voice Joe Block tells "Wisconsin's Morning News" why Axford is "getting hit pretty hard."
"The fastball is getting hit a lot more," explained Block. "I'm not sure why that is."
According to Block, the one pitch Axford has had success with is his slider.
"He used the slider a lot more last night. That's by design. When he uses the slider a lot more, he's a lot more effective. His slider was OK last night."
Perhaps that's why manager Ron Roenicke went with Axford Tuesday night in relief against the Chicago Cubs.
"He was probably the best guy to go to in that situation in terms of stuff," said Block.
"What he has in his arsenal, I think that's why (Roenicke) went out there and trusted him."
The move didn't work, as he gave up three runs in two-thirds of an inning, taking the loss in a 6-3 Cubs win over Milwaukee.