The Major League Baseball All-New England team

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Jul 29, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins relief pitcher Cishek (31) delivers a pitch during the ninth inning against the Washington Nationals at Marlins Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports


Cishek is never listed among the elite closers in the league but over the past four years, there haven’t been many late-inning relievers more reliable and successful than the Marlins’ stopper. The Massachusetts native is in the midst of his worst season in the Major Leagues but he still is the owner of a 3.81 ERA and 31 saves, plus his 2.40 FIP suggests that he has gotten unlucky. After all, even in a rough year by his standards, Cishek’s 11.3 K/9 is far and away the highest of his career while his 3.0 BB/9 is below his career average. Though he isn’t a highly-regarded relief pitcher, he’s among the better closers in baseball and would be a good addition to the New Englanders.