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Steven R. Cishek

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Steve Cishek set a Miami Marlins team record by being successful in 33 straight save opportunities between June of 2013 and April 25, 2014, when he blew a 3-2 9th-inning lead against the New York Mets.

He made his major league debut in the final days of the 2010 season, then made 45 appearances out of the bullpen in 2011, with a 2.63 ERA and 3 saves. After free agent Heath Bell faltered as the Marlins' closer in 2012, Cishek took over for him late in the season and collected 15 saves down the stretch. Filling the role full time in 2013, he upped his total to 34 saves in spite of pitching for a last-place team. All of his numbers were excellent, including a 2.33 ERA in 69 2/3 innings and 74 strikeouts against only 22 walks. He led the National League with 62 games finished out of 69 appearances and had a 4-6 record. The Marlins were much improved in 2014, and Cishek continued to excel in late-inning situations, even though his ERA was above 3.00 for the first time. He set a new personal mark for saves when he recorded number 35 on September 14th.

Cishek has a sidearm motion that sees him release the ball from a point very close to the ground, helping to keep his pitches always down in the strike zone. His unusual pitching motion is confusing for batters, making his pitches much more effective than his radar gun readings would lead to believe. Unlike many other sidearm throwers, he is not particularly vulnerable to batters facing him from the other side (i.e. lefthanded batters) which has allowed him not be confined into the role of a specialist.

[edit] Notable Achievements

  • 30 Saves Seasons: 2 (2013 & 2014)

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