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Steve Cishek | Relief Pitcher

Team: Miami Marlins
Age / DOB:  (28) / 6/18/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 213
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Steve Cishek allowed a hit and a walk but escaped unscathed to earn the save in the Marlins' 5-4, come-from-behind victory over the Phillies Sunday.
After the Marlins scored four runs in the top of the inning to take the lead, Cishek appeared as though he was going to give it right back after a leadoff walk and a single. But Cishek recovered to strike out Ben Revere, Maikel Franco and Chase Utley to finish the game. The right-hander has 35 saves to go with a 3.38 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 79/21 K/BB ratio over 61 1/3 innings this season. Sep 14 - 5:17 PM

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Steve Cishek struck out a pair over a perfect inning in Monday's 9-6 victory over the Mets.

Cishek faced no drama in preserving the three-run lead, getting a lineout before striking out Curtis Granderson and David Wright to end it. The Marlins' closer has had some rough patches this season (his ERA since the beginning of June is 4.67), but he's converted 32-of-36 save chances and has good job security.
Sep 1 - 5:13 PM

Steve Cishek took his fourth blown save of the year after giving up a Corey Dickerson homer in the ninth inning on Saturday.

It was just the third homer allowed by Cishek in 54 1/3 innings. He also has an excellent 68/18 K/BB ratio in 54 1/3 innings. However, his ERA now sits at 3.81, which isn't very impressive for a closer in 2014. He's given up runs in four of his eight appearances this month. It's not going to get him yanked from the closer's role or anything. Still, one wonders if the Marlins might already be regretting not cashing him in last month when he had plenty of trade value.
Aug 24 - 12:47 AM

Steve Cishek earned his 31st save of the season by pitching a perfect ninth in the Marlins' 2-1 win over the Diamondbacks on Saturday.

Prior to Saturday's hit-less frame, Cishek had allowed at least one hit in each of his last seven appearances. That streak is no more. Cishek's 3.78 ERA isn't what you'd like to see from a closer, but he's still generally getting the job done. Cishek is 31-for-35 in save opportunities.
Aug 16 - 10:23 PM

Steve Cishek allowed a run in the ninth inning on Friday, but still managed to close out the Reds and earn his 28th save of the season.

He has been a bit shaky over the last month, but has still managed to convert 28 of his 31 save opportunities on the year. He sports an unsightly 3.65 ERA on the year to go along with his 1.24 WHIP and 62/15 K/BB ratio over 49 1/3 innings.
Aug 8 - 10:14 PM

Steve Cishek got himself into and out of trouble to work a scoreless ninth inning and earn the save against the Nationals on Tuesday.

Cishek allowed a leadoff single to Ian Desmond and hit Danny Espinosa with a pitch, and after a Nate McLouth strikeout pinch-hitter Jayson Werth came to the plate representing the tying run. Cishek got him to fly out before another single loaded the bases with two outs for Anthony Rendon. Cishek got Rendon to strike out as well, ending the threat and securing a hard-earned 27th save. All's well that ends well, but Cishek owners would prefer less dramatics than they've had in recent days.
Jul 29 - 10:50 PM

Steve Cishek allowed a home run but bounced back to preserve the Marlins' 4-2 win over the Astros on Sunday.

Cishek allowed a one-out home run by Jon Singleton, just Cishek's second homer allowed all season, but he came back to strike out Carlos Corporan and Robbie Grossman to earn the save. He's now got 26 saves to go with a 3.38 ERA and 1.08 WHIP on the year.
Jul 27 - 6:11 PM

Steve Cishek slammed the door on the Astros on Friday, setting down the side in order in the ninth inning, including a pair of strikeouts.

It's the second straight day that Cishek has fired a perfect inning in a save situation, and he has now converted 25 of his 28 chances on the year. There have been some rumblings that he could be made available before the trade deadline, but regardless of what jersey he wears he should remain a very steady source of saves.
Jul 25 - 11:34 PM

Steve Cishek retired the Braves in 1-2-3 fashion as the Marlins won on Thursday.

Atypically, all three outs were fly outs. The right-hander has come back from the break with five consecutive scoreless outings after struggling in the few weeks leading up to the break. Cishek is now 24-for-27 in save opportunities with a 3.32 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, and a 51/14 K/BB ratio.
Jul 24 - 9:54 PM

Steve Cishek worked around a lead-off single in the ninth inning to convert his 23rd save as the Marlins defeated the Braves on Tuesday.

Chris Johnson led off with a single and was pinch-run for by Jordan Schafer, but Schafer was caught stealing. Cishek then struck out Andrelton Simmons and Ryan Doumit to end the contest. The closer has had a few bumpy games over the last few weeks which significantly inflated his ERA, but he has otherwise had a great season. He carries a 3.40 ERA and a 51/14 K/BB ratio while converting 23 of 26 save opportunities.
Jul 22 - 10:46 PM

Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports that Marlins' relievers Steve Cishek and Mike Dunn are being closely watched by scouts.

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman has reported that Cishek has been a popular name in recent trade talks, but it's unclear whether the Marlins are willing to move him. However, he's making $3.8 million in his first year of arbitration and won't qualify for free agency until after 2017, so he could fetch a big return. The Marlins would like to add a controllable starting pitcher and/or a second baseman, which would be reasonable requests in a Cishek deal. Dunn making $1.4 million in his first year of arbitration and is under team control through 2016.
Source: MLBlogs.com
Jul 22 - 11:51 AM

According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, Marlins closer Steve Cishek has been a very popular name in recent trade talks.

The rumblings suggest that the Marlins may be sellers at the trade deadline. If that happens, Cishek would suddenly become one of the top arms available on the market and could fetch a nice return package.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 20 - 10:31 PM

Steve Cishek blew his third save of the season Wednesday in the Marlins' loss to the Diamondbacks.

It was an ugly one. The Marlins took a 3-1 lead over Arizona in the top of the 10th inning, but Cishek gave up a walk, two singles, and a game-winning double to Paul Goldschmidt while failing to record an out in the bottom of the 10th. He's already blown two saves this month, but the right-hander's job is probably safe for now.
Jul 9 - 6:52 PM

Steve Cishek blew his second save of the season, allowing two runs in the ninth inning in Thursday's loss to the Phillies.

The Marlins had taken a one-run lead with a two-run eighth inning. Cishek walked Tony Gwynn, Jr. to lead off the inning, then allowed a one-out single to Ben Revere. Second baseman Donovan Solano didn't help, making back-to-back poor decisions at second base (though no errors were assigned) resulting in two runs scoring. Cishek is now 4-4 and 18-for-20 in save situations with a 3.22 ERA, a 1.13 WHIP, and a 44/12 K/BB ratio.
Jul 3 - 9:26 PM

Steve Cishek struck out the side in the ninth inning to pick up his 18th save in Wednesday's win over the Phillies.

Cishek made short work of the 8-9-1 hitters for the Phillies, fanning Ben Revere, pinch-hitter Cesar Hernandez, and Jimmy Rollins. The sidewinding right-hander has been a force to be reckoned with, as he has converted 18 of 19 save opportunities and sports a 1.93 ERA, a 0.98 WHIP, and a 43/9 K/BB ratio.
Jun 25 - 10:08 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Jarrod Saltalamacchia
2Jeff Mathis
3J.T. Realmuto
1B1Garrett Jones
2Jeff Baker
3Justin Bour
2B1Rafael Furcal
2Jordany Valdespin
3Enrique Hernandez
SS1Adeiny Hechavarria
2Donovan Solano
3B1Casey McGehee
2Ed Lucas
LF1Christian Yelich
2Reed Johnson
CF1Marcell Ozuna
RF1Giancarlo Stanton
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Nathan Eovaldi
2Henderson Alvarez
3Tom Koehler
4Jarred Cosart
5Brad Hand
6Brad Penny
7Andrew Heaney
8Jose Fernandez
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Steve Cishek
2Mike Dunn
3A.J. Ramos
4Bryan Morris
5Carter Capps
6Chris Hatcher
7Sam Dyson
8Dan Jennings
9Kevin Gregg
10Anthony DeSclafani