Steve Cishek RP MIA 2 weeks ago

Cishek said Tuesday that he will be used in earlier innings for the time being, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports.

Cishek was adamant that he is healthy but acknowledged he has some mechanical tweaks to work out, and it sounds like he will do so in the middle innings. Manager Mike Redmond hinted that a closer change was coming after Cishek blew his fourth save of the season Monday, saying "we can't keep blowing late leads" and that the Marlins would "see where we're at" Tuesday. A.J. Ramos is the top candidate to step into the closer role.

Steve Cishek RP MIA 2 weeks ago

Cishek blew a save opportunity for the second day in a row and the fourth time in seven attempts in Monday's loss to the Dodgers. After the game, manager Mike Redmond wouldn't commit to a change, but hinted that one might be in the offing, the Miami Herald reports. "(Cishek) has done a tremendous job for us," Redmond said. "But at the end of the day, it's about winning games. We can't keep blowing late leads. We'll see tomorrow, regroup, see where we're at."

Cishek retired the first batter he faced, but then walked Yasmani Grandal, gave up a single to Andre Ethier and then gave up a walk-off homer to Scott Van Slyke. Though he touched 92 mph Monday night, his average fastball this season has been two mph slower than last year (89.6 mph vs. 91.7 mph last year). A.J. Ramos and Bryan Morris appear to be the top two candidates to replace Cishek.

Steve Cishek RP MIA 2 weeks ago

Cishek suffered his third blown save of the season Sunday against the Giants, surrendering two runs on three hits and two walks.

It was another forgettable outing for Cishek as he allowed the tying run to score on a bases loaded walk before giving up a walk-off single to Matt Duffy. The typically solid closer is now sitting with an unsightly 8.18 ERA and 1.82 WHIP over 11 innings pitched this season. He's allowed opposing batters to hit .277 against him to go along with a poor 13:7 K:BB ratio. Prior to Sunday, Cishek had strung together four straight scoreless appearances, but it's clear that he's not quite himself. A.J. Ramos is next in line should the team decide to make a change.

Steve Cishek RP MIA 3 weeks ago

Cishek notched his third save of the season Tuesday, giving up one hit and fanning two over one inning against the Nationals.

He has now made it three straight outings without giving up a run, allowing just threee base-runners over that stretch while compiling two saves and a win. After a bumpy start to the season Cishek appears to have momentarily righted the ship.

Steve Cishek RP MIA 4 weeks ago

Cishek picked up a win on Friday night after entering a tie game in the ninth inning, and enjoying his mates walk-off victory.

He worked around one hit in the top of the ninth, but did not walk anyone or record any strikeouts. He has had his share of troubles early in the year, but has now logged a pair of scoreless outings to bring his still ugly ERA down to 8.64 on the year.

Steve Cishek RP MIA 1 month ago

Cishek bounced back with a successful save Tuesday against the Mets, working around a walk in a scoreless inning.

It wasn't the most impressive outing for Cishek, but it was an important game for him after the three-run homer he gave up to Daniel Murphy on Monday. The Marlins seem committed to the sidearmer as their closer, and his case was aided by A.J. Ramos giving up three runs in the seventh inning Tuesday.

Steve Cishek RP MIA 1 month ago

Cishek took the loss and a blown save Monday, allowing a 3-run home run to Daniel Murphy in the ninth inning.

After opening the season by allowing five runs in two outings, Cishek had strung together four straight appearances without allowing a run before Monday's implosion. Cishek has just one save thus far this season and carries an unsightly 11.37 ERA.

Steve Cishek RP MIA 1 month ago

Cishek picked up the save with a perfect ninth inning in the Marlins' 3-2 win over Washington Friday night.

Heading into the last week of April, this was his first save of the season. A couple of nasty outings including a blown save have bloated his ERA (now 10.38), but he has been much more effective of late, and this was Miami's third win in a row. Both he and the team will look for better days ahead which should provide him with more save opportunities going forward.

Steve Cishek RP MIA 1 month ago

Cishek has pitched just 3.1 innings so far this season and is still searching for his first save.

Cishek's numbers aren't going to look pretty anytime soon after he allowed five earned runs in 1.1 innings pitched over his first two appearances of the season, blowing a save chance in the process. He has tossed a pair of scoreless innings since, but Miami's slow start has failed to present another opportunity for the closer to bounce back. Still, Cishek has earned the team's trust at the back end of the bullpen and will begin to pile up saves when the wins start rolling in.

Steve Cishek RP MIA 2 months ago

Cishek took a blown save after allowing one run on two hits in an inning of work. He struck out one.

The outing actually lowered his ERA (it's now 33.75) after he gave up four runs while recording just one out in a non-save situation earlier this week. He needed 19 pitches (only 12 strikes) which was also an improvement, so the Marlins and his fantasy owners have to hope he is headed in the right direction.