Steve Cishek

Age 33
  • Born 06/18/1986
  • Bats R
  • Team: Chicago White Sox
2019 Statistics
W-L
4-6
IP
64
ERA
2.95
WHIP
1.20
K
57
K%
21.3
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2018
2019
Changeup
0.8% Thrown 83.8 MPH 22.2 CSW%
Slider
40.0% Thrown 78.9 MPH 29.5 CSW%

Cishek throws a mix of third-tier offspeed stuff to keep hitters off-balance now and then, but this pitch is little more than a change-of-pace offering in the rare instances when his other stuff isn’t working.

GIF made by Rich Holman. Blurb written by Nate Musser

It’s fun to watch Cishek throw his slider from his lower half. The offering has been a plus pitch throughout his career, though it was hit a bit harder in 2019. Still, a career wOBA of .212 is indicative of the pitch’s effectiveness.

GIF made by Rich Holman. Blurb written by Nate Musser
2018
2019
Sinker
51.1% Thrown 90.3 MPH
Slider
37.5% Thrown 77.5 MPH
Four-Seamer
11.4% Thrown 90.3 MPH

Cishek’s sinker is his most used offering at 49.3%. It’s not a pitch that gets too many whiffs at just 17.9% but it’s effective at keeping the ball on the ground with an average launch angle of three. It was hit really hard by lefties in particular with a .426 wOBA allowed.

Cishek’s slider has great differential off his sinker at 77.5 mph and is his primary pitch at getting swings and misses with a 42.5% whiff rate. Though it had a relatively modest 28.9% chase rate, he commanded it well with a 39.3% Zone rate.

Cishek opted to throw his four-seamer a bit more in 2018 at 12.9% up from just 2.2% in 2017. It was surprisingly good at generating swings and misses with an 18.1% swinging-K rate and 40.3% whiff rate while limiting opposing hitters to a .162 wOBA and .083 batting average.

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