Miami Marlins: Steve Cishek's Pitching Style Unique Among Closers

By Andy Schmidt
Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

The Miami Marlins had a problem with their closer spot last season with the struggles of Heath Bell. Miami decided to go with Steve Cishek as their closer, and he finished with 15 saves. The 2013 MLB season will see Cishek experience his first full season in that position. I will be very interested to see how well he can be.

Cishek is going to join a long line of sidearm closers like Gene Garber, Dan Quisenberry and Kent Tekulve. There is a lot of potential with he can do since he is only in his third year with the Marlins.

I really believe that the Marlins’ closer can finish with 30 saves by the end of 2013, since he is going to have the job full-time this season. Cishek finished 5-2 with a 2.69 ERA last season in just under 64 innings of work. the right-hander’s numbers are going to go up this season, and there is no doubt that the style that he uses will work to his favor.

There aren’t any sidearm closers these days, but that was the big thing about 30 years ago. I hope that Cishek can bring back the success of the sidearm closer. It will be very hard to be successful considering how bad the Marlins are, but the team’s ninth-inning man can be one of the bright spots on the team.

I will be watching Cishek’s progress very closely as the 2013 season is played, because I think he can be the next successful closer in MLB.

Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports, like his Facebook page or add him to your network on Google.

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