Brewers manager Ron Roenicke indicated after Tuesday's game that John Axford has been reinstated as the team's closer.
Axford got the final out in Tuesday's win over the Cubs after Manny Parra and Jim Henderson combined to allow two runs. "This is a guy we would obviously like to be in that closer role," Roenicke said about Axford. "And the reason we took him out of it is to try and do what's best for him to get back into that role. I think when he was out of it, I think he pitched well enough to allow us the confidence that we think we can put him back in there now." Axford has a 4.85 ERA and 12/6 K/BB ratio over 13 innings since he was originally pulled from the role in mid-July, so he's not exactly back to top form, but he's the pitcher to own in this bullpen right now in fantasy leagues.
Thayer also blew another save last night.
Called upon to protect a 5-3 ninth-inning lead, Dale Thayer blew his third save Tuesday against the Padres.
Tonight's outing isn't Thayer's fault; if Bud Black's desire is to continue to play with fire, he's going to get scorched. Rotoworld wouldn't dare stretch that cliché to include general manager Josh Byrnes, who would probably prefer, at this point, that his skipper juggles flames with late leads. After all, the Padres, 16 games below .500 entering the day, stand to acquire no worse than the third pick in next year's draft. Conspiracy theories aren't our thing. Pointing out that a 31-year-old journeyman reliever with a 4.43 career ERA shouldn't be protecting leads is. Regardless, until Huston Street returns, Thayer is roughly the 32nd-most valuable reliever in fantasy baseball.