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Miami Marlins Fantasy Baseball Daily Bullpen Updates and Closer Depth Chart

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Previous updates:

March 9, 2015
Miami Marlins – Steve Cishek is worried that he might get fined a few times for taking too long between pitches, but he’s still a very solid option for saves, especially for those who like closers without much competition. Mike Dunn is a perfectly respectable set-up man, but the lefty doesn’t have overpowering stuff. AJ Ramos, meanwhile, still walks too many guys. We do like this bullpen overall in terms of depth — they added Aaron Crow in the offseason, and Carter Capps has electric stuff, though he hasn’t put it all together yet. So if they can score a few runs, they should be able to bridge nicely to Cishek, who could match the 39-save performance he had in 2014.

Starting 2015 hierarchy: Cishek | Dunn | Ramos.
Holds candidates: Dunn, Ramos.

September 18, 2014
Miami Marlins — Bryan Morris hasn’t pitched in eight days and he might be done for the season with an injured groin. If Steve Cishek needs a break, Miami is likely to call on converted catcher (and potential cruiserweight champion) Chris Hatcher, who has been punching out hitters in Morris’s absence.

Updated hierarchy: Cishek | Hatcher | Ramos.

August 13, 2014
Miami Marlins — As we predicted on Tuesday, Bryan Morris got the call in lieu of Steve Cishek in Wednesday’s save situation. But after Morris put two men on, Mike Redmond turned to lefty Mike Dunn to face fellow southpaw Mike Adams, and Dunn wound up earning his first save of the year with a strikeout. Oh, and if it matters to you (we sincerely hope it doesn’t), Kevin Gregg is out for the season after surgery to remove bone chips from his right elbow.

Hierarchy remains: Cishek | Morris | Ramos.

July 25, 2014
Miami Marlins – The A’s finally sent ole’ Jim Johnson out to pasture prior to Thursday’s game. We initially weren’t going to mention this, but Johnson is somehow still owned in 13 percent of leagues. And, actually, there’s a small chance that this increases his relevancy again, as the Marlins were reportedly interested in acquiring Johnson as recently as a few days ago. If they sign him, and then decide to move Steve Cishek, then Johnson could potentially be in the mix for saves in Miami.

Hierarchy remains: Cishek | Morris | Ramos.

July 19, 2014
Miami Marlins — Kevin Gregg has been placed on the DL with right elbow inflammation.  The Marlins activated A.J. Ramos from the DL and he should split time with Bryan Morris in the 7th and 8th innings.

Updated hierarchy: Cishek | Morris | Ramos.

July 16, 2014
Miami Marlins – With Miami falling off the pace, going 10-20 since June 11, the team may be more willing to listen to offers for 27-year-old Steve Cishek from bullpen-hungry contenders like the Tigers and Giants. Kevin Gregg would probably fill in first, but Bryan Morris projects as the long-term solution. TRADE DEADLINE BUY: Kevin Gregg. 

July 10, 2014
Miami Marlins — Steve Cishek had a nightmare tenth on Wednesday night, entering with a two-run lead and giving up a single, a walk, a single, and a walk-off double. Although this is his second such meltdown in two weeks, he was working on a streak of 33 consecutive saves just a few months ago.

Hierarchy remains: Cishek | Gregg | Morris.

July 3, 2014
Miami Marlins — A.J. Ramos was placed on the disabled list, retroactive to June 27, with right shoulder inflammation. Bryan Morris hasn’t allowed a run since May, a run of 14 straight appearances, and he will maintain an important role in the Marlins bullpen.

Updated hierarchy: Cishek | Gregg | Morris.

June 26, 2014
Miami Marlins — We can’t hide from this anymore. Kevin Gregg, fresh from coaching Little League, is relevant again in Miami. Wednesday night, he pitched a perfect eighth in a one-run game, an enormous, bespectacled bridge to Steve Cishek. His vast (if checkered) closing experience, combined with Mike Redmond’s obvious willingness to use him in big spots, will make him the next guy up when necessary.

Updated hierarchy: Cishek | Gregg | Ramos.

June 24, 2014
Miami Marlins — Kevin Gregg collected his second hold of the season on Monday, and this one was far cleaner than his previous outing. He mowed down the Phillies on just 12 pitches in the eighth inning to keep Miami ahead, 2-0. It appears he may become part of the Marlins’ late-inning plans after all, but we need to see some consistency before anointing Gregg as the new eighth-inning savior.

Hierarchy remains: Cishek | Ramos | Morris.

June 11, 2014
Miami Marlins — Since arriving in a trade from Pittsburgh on June 1, Bryan Morris has been immediately thrust into higher-leverage spots for the Marlins, including four eighth-inning appearances in the last five days. His ascent will allow Mike Redmond to use Mike Dunn in more of a matchup role.

Updated hierarchy: Cishek | Ramos | Morris.

June 3, 2014
Miami Marlins – An old friend has returned to Miami, as the Marlins signed former closer Kevin Gregg to a minor-league contract. They plan to call him up after a couple weeks in the minors, but despite 33 saves for the Cubs last season, Gregg is not expected to factor into the Marlins’ late-inning plans.

Hierarchy remains: Cishek | Ramos | Dunn.

April 5, 2014
Miami Marlins – Brad Hand picked up a three inning save last night, but he still does not factor into the Marlins late inning bullpen plans moving forward.  No hierarchy change.

March 13, 2014
Miami Marlins – Win a bet with your bullpen-ignorant friends: Steve Cishek boasts the longest active string of successful saves, at 29. Ranked #17 in our preseason closer rankings.

March 11, 2014
Miami Marlins — Steve Cishek pitched admirably down the stretch for a lousy team, and he’ll open 2014 in the closer role. A.J. Ramos and Mike Dunn are the only other sure things in the Fish pen — unless you count the incorrigible Carlos Marmol. We don’t. Mike Redmond isn’t yet sold on Carter Capps, but the ex-Mariner could work his way into a high-leverage role on the other side of the waves. Starting 2014 hierarchy: Closer — Steve Cishek; Set-up — A.J. Ramos; 2nd in line — Mike Dunn.

August 9, 2013
Miami Marlins — Chad Qualls was awful for the third straight game, loading the bases without getting any outs. Mike Dunn relieved him and has been much more effective lately. Hierarchy change: Mike Dunn to Set-up, Chad Qualls to 2nd in line.

August 1, 2013
Miami Marlins – Steve Cishek got the night off on Wednesday, and Mike Dunn picked up a 4-out save in his absence.  Dunn and Chad Qualls will continue to share the 8th inning role.  No hierarchy change.

July 18, 2013
Miami Marlins – Steve Cishek and Mike Dunn are likely to remain Fish this season, although pending free agent Chad Qualls could soon be headed to, um, bluer waters. TRADE DEADLINE BUY/SELL: None. 

June 5, 2013
Miami Marlins
 — Steve Cishek remains on the Hot Seat in Miami after he blew his second save in seven chances, although a Seat gets only so Hot when your team is looking up at the 1909 Washington Senators.  If you have to own a Miami reliever, take stock of your life. No hierarchy change.

May 31, 2013
Miami Marlins – Mike Dunn has seen his ERA climb by nearly a point and a half over his last two outings, including an uninspiring 0.1 innings last night.  Since declaring closer-by-committee a week and a half ago, there’s been little clarity in who has the lead, given how rarely the Marlins fall into a 9th inning save chance.  Steve Cishek is probably still the best guy to own, if you only own one Marlins reliever, but given the lefty’s recent struggles, Mike Dunn has likely fallen behind Chad Qualls in the runner-up position.  Hierarchy change: Chad Qualls to Set-up, Mike Dunn to 2nd in line.

May 29, 2013
Miami Marlins – Mike Dunn entered in the eighth with a one-run lead and gave up three singles to tie the game; sent back out for the bottom of the ninth, he allowed two more singles and took the loss after Chad Qualls surrendered a game-ending hit. Those looking for clarity from this bullpen should prepare to wait two more weeks for the next save situation. No hierarchy change.

May 22, 2013
Miami Marlins – Marlins skipper Mike Redmond is prepared to use a bullpen-by-committee approach, naming Mike Dunn and Chad Qualls as potential ninth-inning options to complement the embattled Steve Cishek. Hierarchy change: Chad Qualls to 2nd in line, replacing A.J. Ramos.

May 19, 2013
Miami Marlins – Steve Cishek struggled after coming in with a man on 2nd and nobody out in the 9th inning against the Diamondbacks. He got 2 outs, but was lifted for set-up man Mike Dunn after a single and a walk. Dunn, who came in sporting a 1.77 ERA on the year, walked his first batter before closing the game out and leaving the bases loaded. The lefty is the best candidate to get save chances if Cishek is pulled from the closer role.  Steve Cishek to Hot Seat.

April 22, 2013
Miami Marlins – Jon Rauch faced six batters on Sunday and five of them reached base, and when the dust cleared, the Reds had plated eight runs in the inning and Rauch’s ERA had ballooned to 9.45.  Until he figures it out, the Marlins are unlikely to go to Rauch in high-leverage spots.  That duty will likely fall to AJ Ramos or Chad Qualls, the former of which has 16 Ks in 11.2 innings pitched thus far.  Hierarchy change: AJ Ramos to 2nd in line, replacing Jon Rauch.

April 8, 2013
Miami Marlins – After getting knocked around in a non-save situation on Friday, Steve Cishek blew a save on Sunday, allowing 2 runs and taking the loss against the Mets.  Cishek doesn’t have a ton of competition in the Miami bullpen.  Mike Dunn got a couple saves last year, but is mostly a match-up guy, while Jon Rauch and Chad Qualls have been around the block a few times and aren’t particularly imposing at this point.  If Cishek continues to struggle, though, the Marlins may have to give someone else a try.  Steve Cishek to Hot Seat.

February 24, 2013
Miami Marlins – Starting 2013 hierarchy: Closer- Steve Cishek, Set-up- Mike Dunn, 2nd in line- Jon Rauch.

September 19, 2012
Miami Marlins – Steve Cishek got knocked around on Tuesday night, eventually getting yanked after allowing three runs and only recording one out. Cishek’s ERA is now 9.95 for the month of August, pushing his season-long ERA up to nearly 3, which is probably where it should’ve been anyway, given his crummy WHIP (1.34). After Tuesday’s outing, he’ll be looking over his shoulder at Heath Bell, who the Marlins would probably like to see win the job back going into next season. Steve Cishek to Hot Seat.

August 17, 2012
Miami Marlins – Heath Bell pitched the 8th while Steve Cishek got the save in the 9th. A little over a week ago Manager Ozzie Guillen said that Bell would get another chance to close this season. However since those comments Bell has been used in the 7th inning once and 8th inning three times so Guillen has not been saving him for a possible save in the 9th. Cishek has pitched well as the closer and should continue in that role. Hierarchy change: Steve Cishek to Closer, Heath Bell to Set-up.

August 13, 2012
Miami Marlins – Prior to Sunday, Heath Bell had only given up 1 run since the All Star break, and he had lowered his ghastly ERA by nearly a point and a half. Ozzie Guillen had been impressed enough to say earlier this week that he’d be giving Bell another shot at closing. The Marlins haven’t had a save chance since Guillen made his declaration, but in the 8th inning on Sunday, Bell took a major step back, allowing 4 earned runs while only recording 1 out. Despite Guillen’s plans for Bell, Steve Cishek is now a great bet to get the next save opp. No hierarchy change.

August 12, 2012
Miami Marlins – Since Heath Bell supposedly regained his closer job a few days ago, the Marlins haven’t had a save opportunity. But even if they’d had one last night (they ended up winning by four), it wouldn’t have gone to Bell, who pitched in the 8th inning with the Marlins up by two runs. While this could’ve been a final tuneup before he re-enters the closer role, Steve Cishek is still certainly worth holding on to until Ozzie Guillen proves that he meant what he said earlier this week. No hierarchy change.

August 10, 2012
Miami Marlins – Just a day after Ozzie Guillen said that Heath Bell would be moved back in to the closer role, he sent Bell out for the 7th inning with the Marlins losing by two runs. Guillen saying one thing and then doing another is certainly nothing new, so Bell’s usage over the next few days will determine whether he has actually regained the job. No hierarchy change.

August 8, 2012
Miami Marlins – Ozzie Guillen said before Wednesday’s game that Heath Bell would be moved back into the closer role. “We’re going to give him another opportunity,” said Guillen to several media outlets. Steve Cishek has pitched quite well since taking over the role, and with Guillen also saying that he reserved the right to use other relievers in the 9th, Bell will begin immediately on the Hot Seat. But, in a rather stunning move, he’s back in as the Marlins’ closer. Hierarchy change: Heath Bell to Closer, Steve Cishek to Set-up.

August 8, 2012
Miami Marlins – Steve Cishek has been rock solid of late, and has gotten all but one of the save chances for the Marlins since the demotion of Heath Bell. Bell, however, has also pitched well recently, and was used to finish off the 8th inning ahead of Cishek on Tuesday. Hierarchy change: Heath Bell to Set-up, Mike Dunn to 2nd in line.

July 17, 2012
Miami Marlins – Mike Dunn pitched the 9th inning on Monday to pick up his first save of the season. Heath Bell pitched a clean 8th inning, and is still potentially in the mix for saves, but Cishek and Dunn have gotten the first two opportunities since Ozzie Guillen installed a closer by committee. Hierarchy change: Mike Dunn to Set-up, Heath Bell to 2nd in line.

July 12, 2012
Miami Marlins – The Marlins need bullpen help, but are several games under .500 and are unlikely to make any moves either way. They have former closer Juan Oviedo (Leo Nunez) returning from suspension soon, and will hope to rally with the staff they have. TRADE DEADLINE BUY/SELL: None.

July 10, 2012
Miami Marlins – Ozzie Guillen told The Dan LeBatard Show today that he would use a closer-by-committee after the All Star Break. Steve Cishek is the best candidate for saves, while Mike Dunn could see some opportunities against lefty-heavy lineups. Juan Oviedo (nee Leo Nunez) will also be in the mix when he returns from suspension. Hierarchy change: Steve Cishek to Closer, Heath Bell to Set-up, Juan Ovideo to Set-up (Suspended).

July 9, 2012
Miami Marlins – Heath Bell blew his 6th save of the season on Sunday. After the game, Ozzie Guillen told the Miami Herald that he stood behind Bell, but in typically cryptic fashion, also said that “I have to make a decision, a solution, it will be drastic. But I will do it. We’ll wait until the All-Star break, and I will pick whoever is better out there to do the job.’’ Should Bell get demoted, Steve Cishek stands to inherit the job. Heath Bell to Hot Seat.

July 3, 2012
Miami Marlins – The Marlins placed Edward Mujica on the DL over the weekend. Mike Dunn has pitched in the 8th inning in each of the last three games, and slides up to take his place. Hierarchy change: Mike Dunn to 2nd in line, Edward Mujica to DL.

June 8, 2012
Miami Marlins – Edward Mujica got knocked around on Thursday and saw his ERA rise to 4.74 as a result. Steve Cishek also surrendered a few runs in the game, but has been solid all season, with a 1.82 ERA. During Heath Bell’s well-documented struggles earlier this season, Mujica picked up 2 saves to Cishek’s 1, but Cishek has since passed him on the depth chart, and has set up for Bell three times over the past two weeks. Hierarchy change: Steve Cishek to Set-up, Edward Mujica to 2nd in line.

May 27, 2012
Miami Marlins – For the second straight game, Heath Bell was yanked after allowing two baserunners to reach in the 9th inning, and for the second time, the Marlins held on to win. This time, Randy Choate bailed Bell out for his first save of the season. After the game, Ozzie Guillen sounded generally supportive of Bell, but also told the Miami Herald that “Right now, it’s not working. I’m going to sleep on it and see if we come up with some ideas.” Bell remains on the Hot Seat, though due to his contract, it’s likely he’ll continue to hang on to the job despite an 8.47 ERA. But if he’s removed, Edward Mujica and Steve Cishek are most likely to benefit. No hierarchy change.

May 26, 2012
Miami Marlins – Heath Bell struggled in the 9th inning on Friday and was lifted for Steve Cishek, who got the final two outs and picked up his first save of the season. “Bell’s my closer,” Ozzie Guillen said after the game. “But I had a bad feeling.” Bell has pitched much better since winning the job back two weeks ago, but still hasn’t completely earned his manager’s trust. Heath Bell to Hot Seat.

May 17, 2012
Miami Marlins – Steve Cishek was the first man out of the pen on Thursday, and failed to get out of the 7th inning. Ever since throwing 52 pitches in a 3-inning appearance earlier this month, Cishek has been shaky (3.2 innings, 2 ER, 7 hits). Hierarchy change: Edward Mujica to Set-up, Steve Cishek to 2nd in line.

May 11, 2012
Miami Marlins – Ozzie Guillen before Friday’s game told several Florida newspapers that the club was better with Heath Bell in the closer role. While he dodged a question about whether Bell would be closing tonight, he then went on to say: “He’s our closer. Let’s see what happens when he is back there.” Guillen also said Steve Cishek would not be closing tonight. Hierarchy change: Heath Bell to Closer, Steve Cishek to Set-up, Edward Mujica to 2nd in line.

May 10, 2012
Miami Marlins – Steve Cishek blew his first save chance yesterday since being installed as closer. Prior to the game, he’d only given up 1 earned run in 14 innings, but with the Marlins 9th inning role still in flux, Ozzie Guillen could give Edward Mujica a shot sooner rather than later. Steve Cishek to Hot Seat.

May 7, 2012
Miami Marlins – As noted in yesterday’s Vulture Save Watch, Steve Cishek threw 52 pitches over 3 innings on Friday and was again unavailable on Sunday, so the Marlins went to Edward Mujica for the save in the 9th. No hierarchy change.

May 5, 2012
Miami Marlins – Heath Bell just blew his 4th save in 7 chances, prompting manager Ozzie Guillen to say after the game that he had do something about the closer role, and that he couldn’t wait around any longer. Steve Cishek has out-pitched Edward Mujica so far this season, and is in line to inherit the job. Hierarchy change: Steve Cishek to Closer, Heath Bell to 2nd in line.

May 4, 2012
Miami Marlins - Edward Mujica got the save Thursday afternoon, as Heath Bell was unavailable. Ozzie Guillen insisted before the game that Bell, despite a disastrous first month, is still the closer in Miami. No hierarchy change.

May 1, 2012
Miami Marlins – Heath Bell pitched in a non-save situation and was, again, terrible, allowing the Diamondbacks to score two late insurance runs. Scouts say his velocity is down, and a big contract can’t protect his job forever. Heath Bell to Hot Seat.

April 27, 2012
Miami Marlins — Another day, another debacle for big-ticket closer Heath Bell, who blew his third save in five chances with a 46-pitch, four-walk nightmare on Thursday. After the game, Ozzie Guillen gave Bell a vote of confidence as the Miami closer; it seems the Marlins have 27 million reasons to stay the course. No hierarchy change.

March 20, 2012
Miami Marlins- The new-look Miami (Vice) Marlins made a lot of offseason noise, including in the bullpen, signing Padres closer Heath Bell. Starting 2012 hierarchy: Closer- Heath Bell, Set-up- Edward Mujica, 2nd in line- Steve Cishek.

Dec. 15, 2011
Florida Marlins- The Marlins just gave a fat contract to Heath Bell, who will immediately assume the closer role. Hierarchy change: Heath Bell to Closer, Edward Mujica to Set-up, Steve Cishek to 2nd in line.

Sept. 26, 2011
Florida Marlins- Steve Cishek was summoned for 2 innings of middle relief last night. Though Cishek was used to close earlier in the year, this signals that the Marlins will turn to Edward Mujica for any save opps in the season’s final three days. Hierarchy change: Edward Mujica to Closer, Steve Cishek to Set-up.

Sept. 22, 2011
Florida Marlins- Leo Nunez has been suspended and placed on the restricted list, and is reportedly on his way back to his home in the Dominican Republic. The Marlins turned to Steve Cishek to close when Nunez was given a week off last month, and he will likely get first crack at the suddenly-vacant closer’s position, though Edward Mujica may also be considered. Hierarchy change: Steve Cishek to Closer, Edward Mujica to Set-up, Mike Dunn to 2nd in line.

Sept. 7, 2011
Florida Marlins- Steve Cishek was brought in for the 7th inning with the Marlins down by one run– the second time this week he’s been used in this fashion. The Marlins haven’t had a save opp in a while, but it’s pretty clear that Leo Nunez has his job back. Hierarchy change: Nunez to Closer, Cishek to Set-up.

Aug. 27, 2011
Florida Marlins- Steve Cishek pitched the 9th inning last night, recording the save against the Phillies. Nunez was well rested and ready to go, but McKeon still went to the young righty. Cishek to Closer, Nunez to Set-up, Mujica to 2nd in line.

Aug. 25, 2011
Florida Marlins- Setup man Edward Mujica got the call in the 9th with a 6-3 lead and gave up two runs; Steve Cishek came on in relief and got the save. McKeon gave Nunez a vote of confidence yesterday though, saying he didn’t pitch because of his Tuesday workload. No hierarchy change.

Aug. 24, 2011
Florida Marlins- Leo Nunez blew the save and has now given up a total of 9 ER in his last 3 outings. If he blows another one, McKeon could look to Mujica. Nunez to Hot Seat.

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