Chicago Cubs: What can we expect
Steve Cishek has been nothing short of consistent over the past three seasons. Over that span, Cishek has pitched 179 innings, sporting a 2.36 ERA and a paltry .179 average against hitters. Like seriously, video game-esque numbers. He has a 27.1 percent strikeout rate and an 8.8 percent walk rate with a near excellent 3.46 FIP and respectable 3.71 xFIP.
While Cishek is slated to turn 33 years old midway through the season next year, do not believe for one second that this will slow him down. For Cubs fans, and the team itself, the expectation is there for Cishek to once again finish as a near top 50 relief pitcher in baseball.
Assuming the rest of the bullpen can stay relatively healthy, it will allow for fewer appearances for Cishek, potentially garnering him a higher level of production. Only time will tell, but for now, Steve Cishek is one diamond in the rough for the Chicago Cubs.