Cole Sulser
Cole Sulser
30-Year-Old PitcherRP
Baltimore Orioles
2020 Fantasy Outlook
One team's trash can be another team's treasure, particularly when the first team (Rays) has World Series aspirations and the second team (Orioles) has No. 1 overall pick aspirations. Sulser was designated for assignment by Tampa Bay last September and quickly claimed by Baltimore. He was cut loose more due to a roster crunch than poor performance, as the 30-year-old righty had missed bats while preventing runs at Triple-A and in 7.1 MLB innings for the Rays in 2019. With Hunter Harvey (elbow) unavailable, Sulser took hold of the Orioles' closer role early in 2020 and there is no reason to expect that to change as long as he keeps his head above water. He leans primarily on a 94 mph fourseamer and 88 mph slider, while occasionally mixing in a changeup. His stuff is just OK by late-inning standards, but it helps his cause that he has generated groundballs over 50 percent of the time since switching organizations. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Rays in September of 2019.
Removed from closer role
PBaltimore Orioles
August 31, 2020
Sulser will not be the Orioles' closer going forward, Joe Trezza of MLB.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Sulser has saved five games for the Orioles this season but has blown three more opportunities. He's given up runs in each of his last four outings, walking eight batters in five innings over that stretch. His 4.70 ERA, 21.2 percent strikeout rate and 19.7 percent walk rate are all far from closer material. Hunter Harvey and Miguel Castro could be the primary ninth-inning options in Baltimore now, as Mychal Givens was traded to the Rockies on Sunday.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
23
Last 10 Games
23
Last 5 Games
21
How many pitches does Cole Sulser generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
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121+
 
1-10
 
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21-30
 
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111-120
 
121+
What part of the game does Cole Sulser generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2018
 
 
-45%
BAA vs LHP
2020
 
 
-48%
BAA vs LHP
2019
 
 
-44%
BAA vs LHP
2018
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2018vs Left .146 55 15 6 7 4 0 0
Since 2018vs Right .264 67 12 13 14 0 1 2
2020vs Left .150 47 11 6 6 3 0 0
2020vs Right .286 46 7 10 10 0 1 2
2019vs Left .125 8 4 0 1 1 0 0
2019vs Right .222 21 5 3 4 0 0 0
2018vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2018
 
 
-21%
ERA on Road
2020
 
 
-3%
ERA at Home
2019
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ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2018Home 4.86 1.50 16.2 0 3 3 7.0 6.5 0.5
Since 2018Away 3.86 1.29 11.2 1 2 2 10.8 5.4 0.8
2020Home 5.93 1.46 13.2 0 3 3 6.6 5.9 0.7
2020Away 6.14 1.64 7.1 1 2 2 9.8 8.6 1.2
2019Home 0.00 1.67 3.0 0 0 0 9.0 9.0 0.0
2019Away 0.00 0.69 4.1 0 0 0 12.5 0.0 0.0
2018Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does Cole Sulser compare to other relievers?
This section compares his stats with all relief pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 30 innings)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 30 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
1.13
 
K/9
7.7
 
BB/9
6.9
 
HR/9
0.9
 
Fastball
93.8 mph
 
ERA
6.00
 
WHIP
1.52
 
BABIP
.254
 
GB/FB
1.00
 
Left On Base
47.9%
 
Exit Velocity
80.2 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
2.9%
 
Spin Rate
2220 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
20.0%
 
Swinging Strike
14.0%
 
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Blows save, takes loss
PBaltimore Orioles
August 30, 2020
Sulser (1-4) allowed two runs on a hit and three walks Sunday, blowing a save chance and taking the loss against the Blue Jays. He recorded two outs.
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Takes loss Tuesday
PBaltimore Orioles
August 18, 2020
Sulser (1-2) gave up an unearned run on two walks and struck out none in 1.1 innings, taking the extra-inning loss versus the Blue Jays on Tuesday.
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Records four-out save
PBaltimore Orioles
August 15, 2020
Sulser pitched a perfect 1.1 innings with one strikeout to earn the save in Saturday's 7-3 win over the Nationals.
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Bounces back
PBaltimore Orioles
August 12, 2020
Sulser struck out two and did not allow a baserunner in the ninth inning to earn the save Wednesday against the Phillies.
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Blows save chance
PBaltimore Orioles
August 11, 2020
Sulser (1-1) allowed two earned runs on two hits and two walks while striking out one across one inning to blow the save Wednesday. However, he was credited with a win.
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