The Miami Marlins‘ early struggles of 2015 season don’t seem to be getting better any time soon. They have already fired their manager and have dropped nine of the last thirteen games. Now they have decided to option former closer Steve Cishek to their AA ball club as reported by Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com.
The veteran righty came into the 2015 season regarded as the Marlins’ top reliever. Over the past two seasons he had compiled 73 saves for the Marlins and established himself as a dominant reliever in the game. This season, however, has seen him slide into a tailspin. He held a bloated 6.98 ERA across only 19.1 innings of work and an alarmingly high 4.7 BB/9 ratio. Clearly his stuff is not nearly as dominant or effective as it has been the past two seasons and has resulted in him having very poor command of his pitches as well as a sharp decline in his velocity as well. He had already been stripped of his closer role several weeks ago, but his failure to show any improvement has made the Marlins make the drastic choice of demoting him to the minors to regain his stuff.
As of now his future with Miami is in question. Despite the success the sidearmed hurler has enjoyed the previous few years his sudden decline in performance has clearly left some serious doubts about his future with the organization. He could end up becoming a non-tender option after the season is done and may have to look for a job elsewhere unless he can show a dramatic turnaround in a few short months.
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