Faith plays a big part in Marlins closer Steve Cishek's life.
When he struggled during the first two months of the 2013 season his faith seemed to waver along with his confidence.
As the Marlins went 14-41 heading into June, Cishek had recorded five saves, three losses, a hold and a blown save. In seven separate outings he surrendered a run. After consecutive appearances in which he gave up two runs, his ERA ballooned to 15.43.
By mid-May manager Mike Redmond decided to go with a closer-by-committee until Cishek regained his form.
"Because of the rough start I was pitching a little bit scared, which wasn't really my style before," said Cishek, who carries the Bible verse Colossians 3:23 in his back pocket when he pitches.
That's when teammates Juan Pierre and Chris Coghlan approached the right-hander, asking what was wrong and hoping to reassure him.
"They told me I needed to put my faith in God and go out there and play like I'm playing for him like I've done in the past," Cishek s...