John Axford took the loss after giving up one run on two hits and a walk over two-thirds of an inning against the Twins on Monday.
Some people supposedly like Highlander, but if they also own John Axford in Fantasy Baseball that love affair may soon end as the doppelganger has now blown a save and taken the loss in each of his last two appearances. Now may be the time to stash Indians 8th inning man Cody Allen as Axford's days as the team's closer may soon be coming to an end if his struggles continue. ANALYST: Michael Pichan
D.J. LeMahieu went 3-for-4 with one RBI and a run scored against the Diamondbacks on Saturday.
LeMahieu broke a four-game, 0-for-14 stretch with this performance and produced his first RBI in nine games. The production has been weak lately, but he’s still batting .300 with four home runs and 10 stolen bases. The numbers aren’t eye-popping by any means, but the overall production is certainly more than what was originally expected. The fact that he plays half his games in Coors Field certainly helps, but if you have the opportunity to improve your second base position, we’d jump at the opportunity. Analysis: Howard Bender
Wandy Rodriguez coughed up five runs on nine hits and three walks with just two strikeouts over five innings against the Angels on Saturday.
For the third-straight start, Rodriguez failed to pitch past the fifth inning and for the second time in his last three outings, he’s allowed five or more runs. He had a real hot start to the season, so this performance only pushed his ERA to 4.23 on the year, but this latest version, this inconsistent performer, is the Wandy we should have grown to expect. It’s tough to expect him to limit the runs while also going deep into games so you should really start picking and choosing your battles with him more carefully. His next outing, which comes against the Padres, is certainly favorable, though with a recently-rising 9.4-percent HR/FB, you’d rather not have this start coming at home. Analysis: Howard Bender