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.
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.
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.