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It seems that Cishek’s tombstone is going to read Closer, July 14, 2012 – October 2, 2012. Few appear to believe in the skillset and, upon Jon Rauch signing with the Marlins, many thought Cishek would be Rauch’d quite quickly.
We’ll address the skillset first.
In 2011, he struck out roughly the same amount of batters as he did in 2012 but walked less and got ahead more. That said, he generated more swinging strikes in 2012—a positive sign. Regardless, his career line is a 24.3 K%, 2.57 ERA, 2.85 FIP and 1.21 WHIP. That sounds like the top of the second tier of closing options to me. In fact, since 2011, of qualified relievers, Cishek is tied with Darren Oliver for the 20th best FIP.
Cishek is also a ground ball dynamo – generating the 21st best GB rate among qualified relievers since 2011. Among relievers with a similar amount of ground balls (between 50.7% and 60.2%), the only truly bad relievers are Chad Qualls and Matt Albers. This group is light on the K’s...