Steckenrider was charged with six runs on four hits and two walks in only one-third of an inning during Thursday's loss to the Braves.
Entering the game with one on and one out in the sixth inning, the right-hander got Jose Bautista to pop up before everything fell apart, as two walks (one intentional) led to an Ozzie Albies grand slam, followed by a two-run shot off Freddie Freeman's bat. Steckenrider's ERA ballooned from 1.08 to 4.24 as a result of the disastrous outing, but he's only been scored upon in two of his 18 appearances with Thursday's homers being the first two he's served up this season, and his 23:5 K:BB in 17 innings remains strong.
Steckenrider hit a batter in a scoreless eighth inning Saturday to collect his fourth hold of the season in a 4-1 win over the Rockies.
Kyle Barraclough, and not Brad Ziegler, worked the ninth inning in this one, and manager Don Mattingly's statements after the game made it unclear whether this was due to Ziegler being injured or ill, or simply because he's losing faith in the veteran closer. If it's the latter case it looks like Barraclough might get first crack at closing duty in Ziegler's place, but his 5.4 BB/9 on the season and career 5.5 BB/9 could make him a volatile option in his own right. Steckenrider, who now has a 1.42 ERA, 0.87 WHIP and 15:3 K:BB through 12.2 innings, remains the most dependable of the three relievers, and he could yet get his turn in save situations.
Steckenrider was unavailable for Wednesday's game against the Dodgers due to an undisclosed ailment, Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports.
The specifics of the injury remain unclear at this point, but more will hopefully be known once he's further evaluated during the team's off-day Thursday. Steckenrider, who is one of the Marlins' top bullpen arms, last pitched Tuesday against the Dodgers, striking out one in a scoreless inning of work.
Steckenrider recorded his first win of the season in Tuesday's victory over the Dodgers, striking out one in a perfect eighth inning.
The right-hander has been impressive so far in 2018, and he now sports a 1.54 ERA, 0.94 WHIP and 15:3 K:BB through 11.2 innings to go along with a win and three holds. Brad Ziegler continues to maintain a shaky grip on the closing job in Miami, but Steckenrider is keeping himself firmly in the conversation should the Marlins decide to make a change.
Steckenrider struck out the side in a perfect seventh inning during Tuesday's 8-6 loss to the Mets.
The score was tied 4-4 when the 27-year-old entered the game, and he was briefly in line for the win when the Marlins scored twice in the bottom of the inning before Kyle Barraclough and Brad Ziegler fell apart after him. Steckenrider has yet to allow a run in six appearances, and his 7:1 K:BB in 5.2 innings marks him as by far the most effective Miami reliever out of the gate. If Ziegler (7.94 ERA, 1.59 WHIP) continues to stumble, Steckenrider could get a chance to close.
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