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Steve Cishek | Relief Pitcher | #31

Team: Seattle Mariners
Age / DOB:  (30) / 6/18/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'6" / 217
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Carson-Newman
Drafted: 2007 / Rd. 5 (0) / MIA
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Steve Cishek took a loss after giving up one run in 1 2/3 innings Thursday against the Tigers.
Cishek, who hadn't pitched in six days, worked a scoreless ninth in a tie game, but he couldn't get through the 10th, losing the game on a wild pitch. It was his second loss of the year. He's 16-for-20 in save situations. Jun 23 - 5:10 PM

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Steve Cishek imploded in Saturday's 9-7 loss to the Angels, surrendering three runs in the ninth for his third blown save of the season.

Cishek blew the save on Friday and was back in dire straits a day later. On Saturday, he trotted in from the bullpen with the Mariners holding a 7-6 lead. After recording the first out without issue, Cishek proceeded to have all of the issues, hitting Kole Calhoun, surrendering a single to Mike Trout and coughing up a three-run homer to Albert Pujols. And that, as they say, was that. The recent spate of ill-fortune has pushed Cishek's ERA from a tidy 0.98 to a less crisp 3.10 across 20 1/3 innings. He is now 11-for-14 in save chances.
May 15 - 1:07 AM

Steve Cishek took his second blown save and loss after giving up two runs in the ninth Friday against the Angels.

The go-ahead hit was a fortunate jam shot off the bat of C.J. Cron, but Cishek will take responsibilities for the mistakes he made leading up to it. He still has a 1.86 ERA and a 22/6 K/BB ratio in 19 1/3 innings on the season.
May 14 - 1:56 AM

Steve Cishek worked a scoreless ninth inning Thursday against the Astros to earn his ninth save.

Cishek did allow a relatively harmless double in a three-run game, but he was otherwise spotless. He is now a perfect nine-for-nine in save chances this season. The right-hander is sporting a 0.64 ERA, 0.86 WHIP and 14/4 K/BB ratio over 14 innings this year.
May 6 - 12:47 AM

Steve Cishek recorded his third save with a flawless 10th Thursday against the Indians.

Cishek has allowed just one run in eight innings to start the season, and his closer gig is already looking significantly more secure than it was on Opening Day.
Apr 21 - 4:45 PM

Steve Cishek struck out a pair to secure his second save of the season in a 2-1 victory over the Indians on Wednesday.

Cishek struggled with his command a year ago, but has thrown strikes for the most part in his first six outings in 2016. That has resulted in better run prevention and more strikeouts. He sat in the low-90s with his fastball and worked both sides of the plate with his slider on Wednesday night. The right-hander is far from dominant, but with firm control of the closer’s role with the Mariners and a strong start, he’s improving his fantasy stock with every scoreless outing.
Apr 20 - 9:19 PM

Steve Cishek slammed the door on the Yankees on Saturday, working a scoreless ninth inning to protect a one-run lead and earn his first save of the season.

He did make things interesting, allowing a pair of two-out singled to put the tying run on third base, but managed to bear down and get Chase Headley to ground out to end the contest. Cishek sports a terrific 1.59 ERA and 0.88 WHIP through his first six innings with the Mariners.
Apr 16 - 4:35 PM

Steve Cishek gave up a homer in a tie game to take a loss to the A's on Friday.

Cishek still hasn't had a save chance, and he wasn't going to tonight with the Mariners playing at home and tied entering the ninth. He entered the game anyway and gave up a homer and a double before finishing his inning. The Mariners picked Cishek over Joaquin Benoit as their closer even though they have to be figuring that Benoit will be the more effective pitcher. They probably won't make a switch unless they're forced to.
Apr 9 - 1:22 AM

Steve Cishek notched his first spring save despite giving up two runs in the ninth Saturday against the Dodgers.

They're the only two runs he's allowed in six innings this spring, so it's no big deal. Cishek doesn't project as the Mariners' best reliever, but he will be the team's closer and it doesn't sound like they'll be as quick to make a chance if he gets off to a bad start as the Marlins were last year.
Mar 27 - 1:05 AM

Steve Cishek (biceps) is expected to throw an inning Thursday against the Athletics.

Cishek was shut down over the weekend with minor biceps soreness, but he was cleared to return to Cactus League action after making it through a 20-pitch bullpen session Monday with no issues. Barring any setbacks, the 29-year-old is expected to open the season as the M's closer.
Mar 15 - 11:37 AM

Steve Cishek (biceps) threw a 20-pitch bullpen session Monday morning in Mariners camp.

Cishek used his entire arsenal and "seemed pleased" with the workout, per Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times. The right-hander took the weekend off because of soreness in his biceps, but he is basically back on pace with the other pitchers in Mariners camp. Cishek is expected to open the 2016 season as the M's closer.
Mar 14 - 1:22 PM

Steve Cishek (biceps) hopes to return to Cactus League action this week.

Cishek has been shut down for the last couple of days with minor biceps soreness. He is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Monday. The 29-year-old right-hander signed a two-year, $10 million free agent contract with Seattle this winter and will open the 2016 season as the team's primary closer.
Mar 14 - 11:30 AM

New Mariners closer Steve Cishek pitched a scoreless inning of relief in his spring debut Thursday against the Padres.

It wasn’t easy, as Cishek gave up a bunt single and hit a batter to begin the frame before he induced a double play ball. The 29-year-old lost his closer job with the Marlins last season while showing diminished velocity, but the Mariners gave him a two-year, $10 million deal over the winter to handle save chances. Joaquin Benoit is the superior pitcher, so we wouldn’t bank on Cishek making it through the entire season in the role.
Mar 3 - 8:02 PM

Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto said Monday that Steve Cishek will be the team's closer.

That comes as a mild surprise given Cishek's underwhelming 2015 and the November addition of Joaquin Benoit. Cishek did pitch better in the second half, after moving from Miami to St. Louis, and Dipoto and Co. apparently saw enough during that two-month stretch to believe he can fit back into a ninth-inning role. The 29-year-old right-hander holds a cool 2.82 ERA and 332 strikeouts in 313 career major league frames and he earned 94 saves in five-plus seasons with the Marlins. He got a two-year, $10 million free agent contract from Seattle over the weekend and will carry a good amount of fantasy value on a strong-looking Mariners team if he indeed locks down the closer role.
Mon, Dec 14, 2015 03:08:00 PM

Mariners signed RHP Steve Cishek to a two-year, $10 million contract.

The deal was reached Saturday and then officially announced by the Mariners on Monday after Cishek passed his pre-signing physical. The former Marlins closer struggled in 2015 between Miami and St. Louis, but he is only 29 years old and boasts a 2.82 career ERA in 313 innings at the major league level. Cishek will be a good bounceback candidate in a setup role with Seattle. He could even get some saves.
Mon, Dec 14, 2015 01:27:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Chris Iannetta
2Steve Clevenger
3Jesus Sucre
1B1Adam Lind
2Dae-Ho Lee
2B1Robinson Cano
SS1Ketel Marte
3B1Kyle Seager
LF1Nori Aoki
CF1Leonys Martin
2Shawn O'Malley
RF1Seth Smith
2Franklin Gutierrez
DH1Nelson Cruz
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Felix Hernandez
2Hisashi Iwakuma
3Taijuan Walker
4Wade Miley
5Nate Karns
6James Paxton
7Wade LeBlanc
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Steve Cishek
2Joaquin Benoit
3Charlie Furbush
4Mike Montgomery
5Edwin Diaz
6Tony Zych
7Nick Vincent
8Evan Scribner
9Ryan Cook
10Vidal Nuno
11Tom Wilhelmsen