Steckenrider recorded the final out of Saturday's 5-1 win over the Reds to pick up his fifth save of the season. Adam Conley began the ninth inning, but after giving up a couple of two-out hits, the southpaw made way for Steckenrider, who needed only four pitches to get Curt Casali to ground out. Steckenrider has now converted all three of his save chances in September, and he'll likely head into 2019 with a tenuous hold on the Marlins' closing role.
Steckenrider gave up a hit and a walk while striking out two in a scoreless ninth inning Wednesday to record his fourth save of the season in a 2-1 win over the Phillies. He's maintaining a tenuous hold on the Marlins' closer job, converting two straight save chances to begin September after coughing up seven runs and blowing one save over his final four appearances of August. Steckenrider's 70:25 K:BB through 59.1 innings on the season is strong, but his 3.94 ERA reflects his inconsistency.
Steckenrider picked up his third save of the season Monday against the Phillies, striking out two in a perfect ninth inning. It was a nice bounce-back effort from Steckenrider, who allowed five runs while recording just two outs in his previous two outings. The right-hander needed just 16 pitches -- 11 of which were strikes -- to sit down the Phillies in order to secure the victory. Steckenrider is Miami's top option for saves at the moment, but he's not an ideal reliever to rely on in terms of fantasy value given team context and his 4.01 ERA on the season.
Steckenrider (4-4) was charged with a blown save and a loss Friday against the Blue Jays, allowing two runs on two hits and a walk while recording just two outs. He struck out one. Steckenrider took over for Kyle Barraclough with the bases loaded in the ninth inning and a 5-1 lead. After getting the first batter he faced to strike out, Steckenrider walked in a run before serving up a go-ahead grand slam to Justin Smoak. He's now allowed five runs while recording just two outs over his last two appearances, raising his ERA from 3.34 to 4.08 -- the highest it's been since early June. The right-hander has converted just one of three save chances since entering the ninth-inning mix earlier in August.
Steckenrider gave up one unearned run on two hits in the bottom of the ninth inning Tuesday in Boston. He recorded just two outs and was charged with the loss. He came in to pitch the bottom of the ninth inning in a 7-7 tie, but JT Riddle threw away a potential double-play ball which allowed the winning run to score. Steckenrider still seems like the Marlins reliever to own after this outing, but it's not an ideal team to rely on for fantasy value from the relief corps.