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Steve Cishek’s save streak suddenly snapped

Apr 26, 2014, 11:05 AM EDT

Steve Cishek AP

On June 4, 2013 against the Phillies, Marlins closer Steve Cishek surrendered a game-tying solo home run to John Mayberry, Jr. in the bottom of the tenth inning. It was his second — and last — blown save of the season. Between his next appearance and the end of the regular season, Cishek converted all 29 save opportunities while posting a 1.18 ERA over 45 2/3 innings.

The streak continued into 2014. Entering Friday’s game against the Mets, Cishek had converted all four of his save chances and had a perfect 0.00 ERA over seven innings. With the Marlins leading 3-2 going into the bottom of the ninth on Friday, Cishek entered the game looking to make it 34 straight saves. The Mets weren’t fazed.

Lucas Duda led off with a single and then moved up to second base on Travis d’Arnaud‘s sacrifice bunt. Cishek got the second out of the inning when Bobby Abreu lined out to left, but the Mets were just getting started. Omar Quintanilla singled to left to score Duda to tie the game at 3-3, marking Cishek’s first blown save of the season and snapping the 33-save streak. Kirk Nieuwenhuis, pinch-hitting for Eric Young, Jr., doubled to left-center, moving Quintanilla to third base. Finally, Curtis Granderson singled to right field, pushing across the winning run as the Mets walked off 4-3 winners.

Perhaps because he has played for the Marlins, Cishek has gone under the radar as a quality reliever for a while. Since becoming a regular part of his team’s bullpen in 2011, Cishek has a 2.53 ERA with 206 strikeouts and 53 unintentional walks over 195 2/3 innings. He and the Marlins avoided arbitration with a one-year, $3.8 million deal over the off-season, but he has three more years of arbitration eligibility left, so it wouldn’t be shocking to see the Marlins trade him at some point.

  1. doncorleone17 - Apr 26, 2014 at 11:31 AM

    Mets should get him we need a closer & bullpen help. Our starting pitching is great but we need to have a strong bullpen if we want to make a good run. We already lost 3 games cause of the bullpen

  2. 13arod - Apr 26, 2014 at 11:46 AM

    doncorleone17 teams in same division dont trade with each other that much marlins would be stupid to trade him to te mets

  3. Old Gator - Apr 26, 2014 at 12:42 PM

    He’s not being traded anywhere. He’s an excellent closer who just had a bad night. He hasn’t been used very much lately, since the Feesh have so rarely entered the ninth with a lead and Redmond won’t use him in a game that’s tied or in which they’re only down by a run. Hence, he looked rusty last night – down the middle with everything, even though for the most part he kept it around the knees. Look at some video of that ninth inning. Every single batter stung him and he was lucky to get a couple of outs on some excellent fielding plays.

    Last year Redmond got the benefit of the doubt as a rookie manager. This season, though, he’s defaulting to all the petrified rules about when to use your closer – ie, only in the bottom of the final inning when you have a lead of three runs or less. So, when the team goes on a protracted streak of poor run production and keeps limping into the late innings tied or at a deficit, he brings in sort relievers and setup men who aren’t very good who either give games away or allow their opponents to extend their leads, and Cishek becomes duller and duller in the pen.

    Redmond probably thinks it’s still early enough in the season that he doesn’t need to get desperate. He’s wrong.

  4. Carter Dotson - Apr 27, 2014 at 9:45 AM

    Love the alliteration in the headline.

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