John Axford Probably Won MLB's Oscars Pool

The reliever – and film fanatic – made his annual Academy Award picks, and for the second straight year, he did better than you

John Axford strikes out the side with his 2016 Oscar picks. Credit: Dustin Bradford/Getty

You may know John Axford as Major League Baseball's facial hair MVP, but the Oakland A's reliever may also be baseball's biggest movie buff ­– one who earned his bachelor's degree in film at Notre Dame and even presented a documentary at the Hamilton Film Festival in November of 2015.

Axford also puts his expertise to good use whenever it's awards season, too: He's been sharing his Oscars predictions with the world since 2013, when he went 14-for-15, then followed that up with a perfect 18-for-18 in 2014. Last year, he tried his hand at predicting the winners in every category, and finished a respectable 17-for-24. So he was back at it again for this year's show – and he went 17-for-24 yet again.

The Ax Man got a number of the big categories correct, such as Leonardo DiCaprio winning Best Actor (and not in the form of a lifetime achievement award, he wants you to know) and Alejandro G. Inarritu taking home his second Best Director award. Among the ones he missed, a couple were toss-ups – Best Live Action Short and Best Documentary Short – while the others were somewhat surprising, like Sylvester Stallone not taking home Best Supporting Actor for his work in Creed.

Even so, Axford wasn't thrilled with the result. After expanding his picks last year, he considered this to be his "bounceback season," so you can imagine his disappointment by finishing with the same score. However, he's 66-for-81 over the last four years with his Oscars picks, meaning he's been right 81.5 percent of the time according to SB Nation. That's the equivalent of finishing the baseball season with a record of 132-30.

Seeing as that would be the best record in MLB history, maybe Axford should cut himself some more slack.