Cishek notched his ninth hold in Tuesday's 6-4 win over the Blue Jays, allowing one hit over a scoreless seventh inning. The veteran reliever threw only seven pitches, getting all of them into the strike zone. Cishek has yet to allow an earned run in his nine appearances with the Rays, a stretch during which he's also logged a victory and recorded a trio of holds. The 31-year-old's brisk usage and recent performances continue to render him a viable fantasy asset in AL-only and deep formats that count holds.
Cishek logged his seventh hold in Tuesday's 6-4 win over the Astros, allowing a hit over two-thirds of an inning. Cishek hasn't missed a beat since joining the Rays, having strung together three straight scoreless efforts spanning a total of 3.1 innings. Manager Kevin Cash seems comfortable deploying the veteran in a number of different setup scenarios thus far, which should continue affording him plenty of hold opportunities.
Cishek (2-1) pitched 1.2 scoreless innings in Sunday's 5-3 win over the Yankees, recording a strikeout and the victory. The veteran reliever has looked razor sharp in his first two appearances with the Rays, firing a combined 2.2 scoreless frames during which he's racked up four strikeouts. Cishek has dropped his ERA from 3.15 to 2.78 during that stretch and could prove to be a key setup option for manager Kevin Cash, at least if the early returns are any indication.
Cishek is unlikely to be available for Friday's game against the Yankees after being dealt to the Rays on Friday morning but should be active out of the bullpen Saturday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Cishek was sent to Tampa Bay in exchange for right-hander Erasmo Ramirez prior to Friday's contest. He will likely settle into a top relief role as a setup man for Alex Colome despite his previous history of closing games for Miami and Seattle.
Cishek fired 1.1 scoreless innings in Tuesday's 6-5 extra-inning win over the Red Sox, allowing a walk and recording a strikeout. The 31-year-old has been very effective in July, posting a 1.35 ERA and allowing just one earned run on three hits over 6.2 innings across seven appearances. Cishek has also compiled a trio of holds and lowered his ERA from 4.38 to 3.32 over that stretch. While the former closer hasn't been deployed as a ninth-inning option, his frequent usage and recent performances render him a viable fantasy option in AL-only and deep formats that count holds.
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