Steve Cishek was a hero for the Cubs this season. Sure, Cishek allowed an inherited runner to score on Monday, but he’s provided a LOT for the Cubs in 2018. In fact, Cishek is only the 10th Cubs reliever in franchise history with 80+ appearances. Wow.
Granted, the Cubs bullpen was not stable for much of the season. It still isn’t completely reliable despite multiple acquisitions including Jesse Chavez, Brandon Kintzler, Jorge De La Rosa, etc. But for Cishek to pitch in 80 games is asking for a lot. The 2nd most relief appearances by any pitcher in baseball. He was the only sort of stabilization in the ‘pen.
Cishek’s numbers were incredible too. He went 4-3 with a 2.18 ERA and 1.04 WHIP. Cishek stuck out 78 in 70.1 innings. That’s just incredible as Cishek was a hidden gem this season. Hopefully, his arm doesn’t fall off in the postseason. Cishek’s pitched in 5 of the Cubs last 6 games.
He’s probably in the Top-10 for the NL Reliever of the Year award. Cishek will certainly be recognized as a strong candidate. Anyway, going deep into the playoffs is way cooler.
Steve Cishek: 10th #Cubs pitcher to appear in 80+ games in a season. First since Shawn Camp (80) in 2012
— Christopher Kamka (@ckamka) October 1, 2018