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Steve Cishek | Relief Pitcher

Team: St Louis Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (29) / 6/18/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'6" / 213
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Steve Cishek will join the Cardinals in St. Louis on Saturday.
The right-hander was acquired from the Marlins on Friday afternoon. He's en route from San Diego, but won't make it there in time for Friday's showdown against the Braves. He'll provide depth in the late innings in front of closer Trevor Rosenthal. Jul 24 - 5:12 PM

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Cardinals acquired RHP Steve Cishek from the Marlins in exchange for RHP Kyle Barraclough.

It's a nice buy-low move for St. Louis, as Barraclough is a middling relief prospect. Cishek was optioned to the minors earlier this season after getting off to a rough start, but he's responded with a 0.71 ERA and 11 strikeouts across 12 2/3 frames since returning. He'll help set up ahead of closer Trevor Rosenthal.
Jul 24 - 3:38 PM

Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports that the Marlins are close to a trade that would send Steve Cishek to the Cardinals in exchange for pitching prospect Kyle Barraclough.

Cishek lost his closer job earlier this season with the Marlins and was even sent down to the minors after posting a 6.98 ERA and 1.86 WHIP over 19 1/3 innings. He's rebounded since returning, though, with a 0.71 ERA and 11 strikeouts across 12 2/3 frames. Cishek will help set up for Trevor Rosenthal and offers protection in case Jordan Walden (biceps) doesn't return to form. He's making $6.65 million this season and is under team control through 2017.
Jul 24 - 3:01 PM

MLB.com's Joe Frisaro reports that there are "at least four teams" checking in on Steve Cishek.

Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald revealed Wednesday that the Cardinals are one of those interested teams, but Frisaro is hearing that some of the other clubs involved are pushing harder than St. Louis. Cishek was dumped from the Marlins' ninth-inning role in May, but he's been very good in middle relief since his return from a short demotion to Double-A Jacksonville in mid-June.
Jul 23 - 1:43 PM

Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports the Cardinals are "looking at" Marlins reliever Steve Cishek.

That's not a surprise, as Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak has a history of under-the-radar moves for relievers at the trade deadline -- recent acquisitions include Edward Mujica and John Axford -- and the Cards could use some help in an overworked bullpen. Cishek, who fell out of favor in Miami after consistent early struggles, has rebounded from his poor start -- since a blown save on May 11 that precipitated his removal from the closer's role, Cishek has a 1.37 ERA in 19 2/3 innings of work. The Cards likely won't be the only club calling the Marlins about the 29-year-old.
Jul 22 - 7:18 PM

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

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

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Yadier Molina
2Tony Cruz
1B1Brandon Moss
2Mark Reynolds
3Matt Adams
2B1Kolten Wong
2Greg Garcia
SS1Jhonny Peralta
2Pete Kozma
3B1Matt Carpenter
LF1Matt Holliday
2Stephen Piscotty
CF1Randal Grichuk
2Jon Jay
3Peter Bourjos
RF1Jason Heyward
DH1Brandon Moss
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Lance Lynn
2John Lackey
3Michael Wacha
4Carlos Martinez
5Jaime Garcia
6Adam Wainwright
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Trevor Rosenthal
2Jordan Walden
3Kevin Siegrist
4Steve Cishek
5Seth Maness
6Jonathan Broxton
7Matt Belisle
8Randy Choate
9Carlos Villanueva