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Nationals' Steve Cishek: Grabs third hold
Cishek gave up a hit and struck out two over 1.1 scoreless innings Sunday to record his third hold of the season in a win over the Giants.
The sidearmer has held the opposition off the board in nine of his 11 appearances this season but been tagged for six runs in the other two, leading to a 6.00 ERA and 1.67 WHIP. Cishek's reliance on deception rather than dominant stuff makes him volatile, but Washington doesn't have many healthy, reliable high-leverage options in the bullpen right now, which will keep the veteran in a setup role -- he's currently tied with Kyle Finnegan for the team lead in holds.... See More ... See Less
Nationals' Steve Cishek: Takes loss Sunday
Cishek (0-1) was charged with a blown save and the loss Sunday against the Pirates, coughing up three runs on three hits and a walk while recording only one out.
Entering the game in the seventh inning with the Nationals on top 3-2, Cishek quickly made a mess of things with a bases-loaded wild pitch bringing home the tying run. The veteran reliever was expected to handle a high-leverage role for Washington this season and potentially even factor into the saves mix, but he's had a brutal start to the season with a 6.75 ERA, 2.00 WHIP and 3:3 K:BB through four innings and five appearances.... See More ... See Less
Nationals' Steve Cishek: Ejected in team debut
Cishek was ejected from Friday's game against the Mets in the top of the fifth inning after he hit Francisco Lindor in the head with a pitch, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports.
Cishek entered Friday's matchup in the top of the fifth inning with no outs and a runner on second, and he hit Lindor with the second pitch he threw. That led to a scuffle on the field between the two teams, and the right-hander was tossed from the game since the Nationals also hit several batters during Thursday's Opening Day matchup. It's not yet clear whether the incident will lead to discipline from the league.... See More ... See Less
Nationals' Steve Cishek: Signs with Nationals
Cishek signed a one-year, $1.75 million contract with the Nationals on Saturday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.
After struggling with the White Sox during the abbreviated 2020 campaign, Cishek bounced back with the Angels last year by logging 21 holds with a 3.42 ERA and 1.49 WHIP in 68.1 innings across 74 relief appearances. Kyle Finnegan led Washington with 11 saves across the second half of the 2021 season after the team traded away Brad Hand and Daniel Hudson, but Cishek will likely be in the mix for high-leverage opportunities heading into the 2022 campaign.... See More ... See Less
Angels' Steve Cishek: Notches hold No. 20
Cishek picked up a hold against the White Sox on Wednesday, striking out three and allowing two hits in one scoreless inning.
Cishek opened the frame with a punchout before allowing back-to-back singles. He then got out of the jam by striking out Jose Abreu and Yasmani Grandal to close the inning. The right-hander has been one of the Angels' most reliable bullpen arms this season, notching 20 holds while posting a 3.03 ERA and 1.51 WHIP across 67 appearances. Cishek has allowed only one earned run over his last 11.1 innings.... See More ... See Less
Angels' Steve Cishek: Secures 17th hold
Cishek earned a hold against Texas on Friday, pitching a scoreless inning during which he walked one batter and struck out two.
The right-hander threw only nine of 18 pitches for strikes but got around an inning-opening walk by striking out the final two batters he faced. Cishek has emerged as the Angels' primary setup man thanks to a minuscule 0.3 HR/9 and a 3.20 ERA -- the best mark aside from closer Raisel Iglesias among the team's qualifying relievers. However, Cishek's 57:36 K:BB across 59 innings explains his less promising 5.09 xFIP.... See More ... See Less
Angels' Steve Cishek: Off bereavement list
Cishek was reinstated from the bereavement list Thursday.
Cishek was away from the team since Friday. He's struggled a bit of late, allowing six earned runs across his last 5.2 frames. However, Cishek serves as one of the team's primary setup men and should continue to rack up holds in the final two months of the season.... See More ... See Less
Angels' Steve Cishek: Placed on bereavement list
Cishek was placed on the bereavement list Friday, J.P. Hoornstra of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.
Cishek had tossed 2.1 scoreless innings across his last three appearances, but he'll be away from the team for at least three days following his placement on the bereavement list. Right-hander Andrew Wantz was recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake to serve as bullpen depth in his absence.... See More ... See Less
Angels' Steve Cishek: Takes loss Monday
Cishek (0-1) allowed three runs on one hit and two walks while failing to record an out as he took the loss Monday against the Athletics.
This was an absolutely brutal outing for Cishek. After Shohei Ohtani threw six scoreless innings, Cishek came in for the seventh and walked the first two batters he faced before Ramon Laureano broke a scoreless tie with a three-run blast to left, snapping the veteran's streak of 15 straight scoreless appearances. His day was done after facing the minimum of three batters. The 35-year-old owns a 3.48 ERA, 1.52 WHIP and 38:27 K:BB over 41.1 innings.... See More ... See Less
Angels' Steve Cishek: Notches ninth hold
Cishek gave up one hit and struck out one over a scoreless one-third of an inning to earn a hold against Baltimore on Saturday.
The right-hander relieved starter Alex Cobb in the eighth inning and yielded an infield single to the first batter he faced. However, Cishek recovered to strike out Cedric Mullins, keeping the Angels' three-run lead intact. The veteran reliever ranks second on the team with nine holds while posting a 3.22 ERA and 35:22 K:BB across 36.1 innings.... See More ... See Less
Angels' Steve Cishek: Yields three runs in relief
Cishek pitched one inning against Seattle on Sunday, allowing three runs on two hits and three walks while striking out one. He did not factor in the decision.
The Angels opened the ninth inning trailing by a pair of runs, and Cishek was brought into the game after Hunter Strickland allowed the first two Seattle batters to reach base. Cishek wasn't any more effective, allowing both inherited runners to score and giving up three runs of his own. The right-hander wasn't hit hard -- neither of the Mariners' hits left the infield -- but he issued three walks (one intentional) and threw only 16 of 29 pitches for strikes. Cishek entered the contest with no earned runs and only six hits on his ledger over his previous 13.1 innings, so he isn't likely to slip down the bullpen hierarchy after one poor outing.... See More ... See Less
Angels' Steve Cishek: Lands with Angels
Cishek signed a contract with the Angels on Monday, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.
Cishek was granted his release by the Astros on Thursday after it became clear that he wouldn't make the Opening Day roster. He'll serve as bullpen depth to start the 2021 campaign for the Angels.... See More ... See Less
Steve Cishek: Granted release by Astros
Cishek asked for and was granted his release Thursday, Jake Kaplan of The Athletic reports.
Cishek had an up-and-down spring with the Astros, as he had an impressive 12:2 K:BB across 7.2 innings but also allowed three home runs. This move indicates the team wasn't going to include Cishek on their Opening Day roster, so he'll now look to latch on with another big-league bullpen.... See More ... See Less
Astros' Steve Cishek: Locking in bullpen spot
Cishek allowed one hit and struck out two over one scoreless inning in Sunday's spring game against the Marlins.
Cishek has sparkled since a shaky Grapefruit League debut. After giving up three home runs in his debut, Cishek has struck out 11, walked two and given up two hits over 5.2 innings. The non-roster invitee has not yet secured a spot, but the right-hander moved closer to cementing his place in the bullpen. As evidence that he's going to be on the Opening Day roster, Cishek is scheduled to pitch Monday, his first back-to-back appearance of spring training, per Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle.... See More ... See Less
Astros' Steve Cishek: Rights himself after rough debut
Cishek has allowed three runs on four hits and one walk while striking out six over 3.2 spring innings.
Cishek had a rough go of it in his Grapefruit League debut, when he allowed three runs in an inning. Since then, he's allowed one hit and one walk while striking out six over 2.2 scoreless innings. The 34-year-old reliever is expected to claim a spot in the Houston bullpen, likely in a setup role, and provide stability to what was an up-and-down unit in 2020.... See More ... See Less
Astros' Steve Cishek: Hammered in debut
Cishek gave up back-to-back-to-back home runs in Monday's spring game against Washington, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Cishek's mission of making the Astros bullpen as a non-roster invitee got off to a bad start, but the homer barrage was the result of tinkering, suggesting the outing was an aberration. Two of the three home runs he allowed came off his changeup, a pitch he rarely throws -- just 58 times over the last seven seasons, according to Baseball Savant. "There's a reason why I don't throw too many of those," Cishek said. Despite the poor first impression, the 34-year-old's track record and wealth of experience are likely to land him a spot in the bullpen.... See More ... See Less
Astros' Steve Cishek: Aims to fix sinker
Cishek has identified a flaw in his mechanics that led to last season's 5.40 ERA over 20 innings, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
The side-arming Cishek noticed his arm slot was about six inches higher than normal, which led to a flat sinker. Opposing batters raked against the pitch, hitting .395 off it with a .789 slugging percentage. By contrast, the opposition managed .261 and .405 off the same pitch in 2019, when he posted a 2.95 ERA over 64 innings for the Cubs. "That's the first time in my career my two-seamer has been hit that hard," Cishek said. "I've been hit hard plenty of times, but not on a consistent basis like that. Obviously, that was a wake-up call that something is not right." He tried to make in-season adjustments but ran out of time during the shortened season. The Astros revamped their bullpen during the offseason and the 34-year-old, a non-roster invitee, is expected to earn a spot.... See More ... See Less
Astros' Steve Cishek: Joins Houston on minors deal
Cishek signed with the Astros as a non-roster invitee Tuesday, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Cishek owns a strong 2.78 career ERA and remained below 3.00 in that category in eight of his first 10 seasons, but he was forced to settle for a minor-league deal after a disappointing 2020 campaign. In 20 innings for the White Sox, he posted a 5.40 ERA and 1.50 WHIP, with his 32.2 percent groundball rate coming in well below his career 48.9 percent mark. If he proves last year was just a blip, he'll be a steal for the Astros, but a rebound can't be taken for granted in the righty's age-35 season.... See More ... See Less
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