Falmouth's Cishek Named NL Player Of Week
By: RICH MACLONE, July 29, 2014
With the Major League Baseball trading deadline looming, Falmouth resident Steve Cishek certainly showed prospective buyers in the market for a closer what he could be doing for their clubs during the stretch drive. The sidewinding right-hander recently completed one of the best weeks of his professional career, right as general managers around MLB are deciding how best to load up for a playoff run.
Cishek, and Mets rookie Jacob deGrom, were named the co-National League Players of the Week on Monday, July 28, after outstanding performances on the mound for the week of July 21-27. It is the second time in Cishek’s career that he’s won the award.
Coincidentally, he won it last year at the same time of the season, earning it for his performance from July 22-28 of 2013, when he also happened to save five games.
This past week, Cishek converted a Major League-best five saves in as many opportunities, striking out eight over five full innings. He allowed just two hits while also tying for the MLB lead in pitching appearances for the week.
His excellent run may have helped prevent him having to worry about changing addresses at all. With the trading deadline just days away, on July 31, Cishek and the Marlins have closed the gap in the National League East division down to six games. The Marlins (52-53) trail the division leading Atlanta Braves by six games, and are 4.5 games back in the wild card race. Miami has been the hottest team in the National League since the all-star break. The team has gone 8-2 over its last 10 games, including a walk-off win over the Washington Nationals, the second place team in the NL East, last night.
The right-hander now has 26 saves for the year, which is tied for the fifth-most saves in the National League, and the eighth-most overall in Major League Baseball. For the year, he’s posted a record of 4-5, with a 3.38 earned run average. Over 45.1 innings of work, Cishek has compiled 55 strikeouts and has walked just 14 batters.