4/26/2014 6:53 P.M. ET
Dunn stresses long season amid 'rough patch'
By Joe Frisaro / MLB.com
NEW YORK -- Mike Dunn knows it will take some time to lower his disappointing 8.31 ERA. The 28-year-old Marlins lefty also fully understands how being a reliever in the big leagues works.
The season is six months, not three weeks.
"I've got complete confidence in myself, and it's a long year," Dunn said. "I look back at last year, I had a great season, but I had probably 10-15 bad outings spread out over the course of six months. I've run into a rough patch right now."
Dunn is Miami's primary left-handed reliever, and as a veteran, he is expected to log late innings in close games.
Thus far, in 11 games and 8 2/3 innings, it's been rough for the left-hander. He's given up nine runs (eight earned), two homers and 12 hits. Dunn has struck out 11 and walked five.
In his last outing, at Atlanta on Wednesday, Dunn pitched one inning, and he was charged with two runs. Both scored on Evan Gattis' two-run double off A.J. Ramos, who inherited the runners, in the eighth inning.
"Last outing was tough," Dunn said. "I thought I threw the ball real well, and to give up two runs, that one was hard to swallow."
Physically, Dunn says he is fine. Twice this year, Miami manager Mike Redmond, accompanied by a trainer, checked on the left-hander.
"Physically, I'm 100 percent," he said. "I'm fine."
Cishek downplays individual stats as streak ends
NEW YORK -- Good fortune tends to come with any impressive streak.
Marlins closer Steve Cishek is the first to admit that he certainly had his share of breaks go his way over his franchise-record 33 consecutive save chances.
On Friday night, the sidearm-slinging right-hander had his luck reversed in the Mets' 4-3 walk-off win over the Marlins in the ninth inning. With two outs, New York strung together three straight hits that ultimately ended Cishek's saves streak.
"I didn't get away with anything," Cishek said.
Actually, he caught one break when pinch-hitter Bobby Abreu laced a screamer to left that Christian Yelich was able to run down for the second out.
With the Mets down to their last strike, Cishek did something that hadn't occurred since June 4, 2013, at Philadelphia, when he allowed a late-inning lead to disappear.
From that point, Cishek saved 33 of 34 chances, with an ERA of 1.35. His save percentage in that stretch is 97.1 percent, and in 53 games, he's struck out 62.
No Marlins closer has a had a consecutive saves streak reach as many as 30 games.
"Honestly, I could care less about the streak," Cishek said. "I just care about winning. I care nothing about individual statistics. All I want to do is win. That's the bottom line."
What the streak did show is Cishek has been remarkably consistent. He carried over his success into this season, saving his first four chances. He also hadn't allowed a run in seven innings prior to Friday night.
He gave up just three hits all year, and lefties were 0-for-15 against him. They were 4-for-5 in the decisive ninth.
"I hadn't given up a hit to a lefty all year, so I was feeling good about facing them," Cishek said.
Cishek has enjoyed consistency because he didn't think about his streak.
"I've been going out there, worry free," he said. "I've been going out there giving everything I've got. I'm just shooting the ball at the knees. It's been working. There have been some games where I got away with some stuff, I remember from last year. That's just part of the game."
Yelich approach the same as hit string snapped
NEW YORK -- Hitting streaks come and go, and Christian Yelich's approach to them remains the same.
"Now that it's over, I'm not any more fazed by it than when it started," the Marlins left fielder said.
There was never any worries about how Yelich was handling his string of 17 straight games with a hit. The 22-year-old aims to have a productive plate appearance every time, so it's not like he ever dwelled on it.
As part of Miami's tough 4-3 loss to the Mets at Citi Field on Friday night, Yelich went hitless in four at-bats. He drew a walk, and had his career-long streak come to an end, which had been the longest active stretch in the Majors.
"It's the same feeling that I've had for the last two weeks," Yelich said. "That's why those things are so hard to keep going."
Actually, in the first inning, Yelich came close to having the streak continue. His hot shot to third base went through David Wright's legs, and it was ruled an error.
After that, the young left fielder ripped several drives hard, including a smash to center field, but those were right at fielders.
"I hit three balls hard," Yelich said.
Was it an error on Wright?
"I'm not going to say anything about that," Yelich said.
The Marlins' hit-streak record is 35 games, set by Luis Castillo in 2002. The 17 games matches the eighth longest in club history.
Yelich certainly had an impressive run, going 26-for-71 (.366) with a .438 on-base percentage during the 17 games. He added four doubles, one triple and scored 13 runs.
But when repeatedly asked about his stretch, Yelich brought up the MLB all-time mark, 56 by Joe DiMaggio.
"Everybody thinks you're going to get the streak after you have like eight games," Yelich said. "I tried to tell everybody, to be able to have that thing matter, you basically have to hit for like two straight months. That was the only time I was going to care about it."
Furcal strains groin; Marlins hopeful it's not serious
NEW YORK -- Just when it looked as if Rafael Furcal was getting back into form, the veteran infielder suffered a setback on Friday night. The Marlins second baseman was removed from a rehab-assignment game with Double-A Jacksonville because of a right groin strain.
The Marlins are hopeful the ailment isn't serious and that it won't keep the veteran infielder out of action long.
"He came out of the game last night," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said. "He's been evaluated. He's going through baseball activities now to get a feel for where he is at. We'll see if he is ready to play in the game tomorrow."
Best-case scenario is Furcal getting back into a game on Sunday and then continuing his rehab assignment. Projected as Miami's regular second baseman, Furcal opened the season on the disabled list with a strained left hamstring.
Furcal was 2-for-2 on Friday, but he felt some discomfort while running the bases. As a precaution he was replaced.
In four games with Jacksonville, Furcal is 4-for-15 (.267). The infielder began his rehab assignment at Class A Jupiter, where he hit .235.
• Ed Lucas (broken left hand) has begun his rehab assignment with Class A Jupiter. The utility infielder is expected to play several different positions.