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Steve Cishek | Relief Pitcher

Team: Miami Marlins
Age / DOB:  (29) / 6/18/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'6" / 213
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Marlins recalled RHP Steve Cishek from Double-A Jacksonville.
The 28-year-old may have fixed something during his brief stint in the minor leagues, as he hurled five scoreless innings over four appearances with Jacksonville, registering a 3/0 K/BB ratio. It's unclear if he'll be immediately thrust back into a setup role or will work in middle relief initially. Jun 12 - 11:06 PM

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Marlins optioned RHP Steve Cishek to Double-A Jacksonville.

It's been a stunning fall for a guy who has been one of the better relievers in the National League over the previous four seasons. Sending Cishek down to work on his mechanics in a less pressurized situation could be the best thing, though. Cishek has been better of late after being removed from the closer role, but he still holds an ugly 6.98 ERA and 1.86 WHIP with 10 walks over 19 1/3 innings.
Jun 1 - 10:39 PM

Marlins manager Mike Redmond said after Monday's game that he will likely mix and match with save chances.

Steve Cishek blew his second straight save Monday against the Dodgers and is now just 3-for-7 in save chances this season to go along with a 10.32 ERA, so Redmond is ready to consider the alternatives. "Shrek [Cishek] has done a tremendous job for us, but at the end of the day, it's about winning games," said Redmond. A.J. Ramos, Bryan Morris, and Mike Dunn are among the names who could be in the mix. We see Ramos as the most likely option to emerge from this group, so he's the best pickup in mixed fantasy leagues.
May 12 - 10:46 AM

Steve Cishek blew his fourth save on Monday against the Dodgers, serving up a walk-off three-run home run as the Marlins lost 5-3.

The Marlins thought they'd escape with a win after Christian Yelich hit a go-ahead two-run home run in the top half of the ninth. But Cishek got into one-out trouble, walking Yasmani Grandal and giving up a single to Andre Ethier to bring up Scott Van Slyke. Van Slyke slugged Cishek's offering over the fence in center to send the Dodgers home winners. It's been an ugly, ugly, ugly year for Cishek thus far, as he is only 3-for-7 in save chances with a 10.32 ERA and a 13/8 K/BB ratio in 11 1/3 innings. It wouldn't be shocking to see the Marlins take Cishek out of the closer's role after this outing. Fantasy owners may want to grab A.J. Ramos if he's still floating around.
May 12 - 1:31 AM

Steve Cishek allowed two runs in the ninth inning of Sunday's game against the Giants to blow his third save of the season.

Cishek entered the game with the Marlins up 2-1 and got to work undoing that score. Less disturbing than the blown save was how he did it. The tying run came in on a bases-loaded walk. Matt Duffy then hit a single to win it for the Giants. Cishek's numbers are not fit for a major league closer. He holds a 8.18 ERA, 1.82 WHIP and a 13/7 K/BB ratio this season. We'll see if he's given much more leash here.
May 10 - 7:50 PM

Steve Cishek got into and then out of ninth-inning trouble to close out Tuesday's 2-1 win against the Nationals.

Cishek allowed a leadoff single to Wilson Ramos, then saw Ian Desmond reach base thanks to a fielding error from shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria. Cishek got out of the jam, though, as he got Dan Uggla hit into a fielder's choice to erase the lead runner, then struck out Michael Taylor and Tyler Moore to end the game. Cishek, now 3-for-5 in save chances, has been anything but automatic. He has a 7.71 ERA with a 9/4 K/BB ratio in 9 1/3 innings.
May 5 - 11:00 PM

One night after suffering a blown save, Steve Cishek pitched a scoreless ninth inning to earn the save in the Marlins' 4-3 win over the Mets Tuesday.

Cishek couldn't do much right on Monday, allowing three runs on a Daniel Murphy homer in taking the blown save, but he bounced back with a strong showing Tuesday. The right-hander walked Curtis Granderson to start the inning but worked through the heart of the order to secure the save. He's had some meltdowns, but the 28-year-old is plenty good enough to close and should hold onto the job for the foreseeable future, barring more meltdowns.
Apr 28 - 10:32 PM

Steve Cishek blew the save on Monday against the Mets, allowing three runs in the ninth inning, resulting in a Marlins loss.

Cishek allowed a leadoff double to Juan Lagares, walked Lucas Duda, then served up a one-out, three-run home run to Daniel Murphy to turn a 1-0 lead into a 3-1 deficit. Cishek has only faced three save situations so far this season, but he has converted only one of them and now owns an unsightly 11.37 ERA with a 6/3 K/BB ratio in 6 1/3 innings. The rough start is concerning, but it's worth waiting a little while longer before pressing the panic button.
Apr 27 - 9:17 PM

Marlins and RHP Steve Cishek avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $6.65 million contract.

It's a huge raise for the closer in his second year of arbitration eligibility, as Cishek made $3.8 million last year. He put up a 3.19 ERA with 39 saves in 2014 and will again handle the ninth inning for the Marlins in 2015.
Jan 16 - 1:35 PM

Steve Cishek allowed back-to-back singles to lead off the ninth inning, but was able to escape danger to pick up his 38th save as the Marlins downed the Phillies on Tuesday.

Marlon Byrd and Dom Brown both singled to start the ninth, but a Cody Asche fly out, a Grady Sizemore fielder's choice, and a Darin Ruf strikeout later, and Cishek had notched his 38th save in 42 attempts. The right-hander has rebounded nicely from a tough August, as he has yet to allow a run in September. He owns a 3.22 ERA with an 82/21 K/BB ratio on the season.
Tue, Sep 23, 2014 09:37:00 PM

Steve Cishek made short work of the Mets in the ninth inning, earning his 37th save in Wednesday's win.

Cishek has been dominant in September, tossing up goose eggs in seven appearances with six saves and a 10/2 K/BB ratio. Overall, he sports a 3.27 ERA with a 1.22 WHIP and an 81/21 K/BB ratio with 37 saves in 41 chances.
Wed, Sep 17, 2014 10:32:00 PM

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.
Sun, Sep 14, 2014 05:17:00 PM

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.
Mon, Sep 1, 2014 05:13:00 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.
Sun, Aug 24, 2014 12:47:00 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.
Sat, Aug 16, 2014 10:23:00 PM

Depth Charts

C1J.T. Realmuto
2Jeff Mathis
1B1Michael Morse
2Jeff Baker
3Justin Bour
2B1Dee Gordon
SS1Adeiny Hechavarria
2Donovan Solano
3B1Martin Prado
2Derek Dietrich
LF1Christian Yelich
2Ichiro Suzuki
CF1Marcell Ozuna
2Don Kelly
RF1Giancarlo Stanton
Starting Pitcher
S1Mat Latos
2Henderson Alvarez
3Dan Haren
4David Phelps
5Tom Koehler
6Jose Urena
7Brad Hand
8Jose Fernandez
Relief Pitcher
R1A.J. Ramos
2Bryan Morris
3Mike Dunn
4Sam Dyson
5Carter Capps
6Jarred Cosart
7Steve Cishek
8Aaron Crow