Cole Sulser

Cole Sulser

31-Year-Old PitcherRP
Baltimore Orioles
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Saves are saves are saves. We have to roster them as it is nearly impossible to punt a category and win a rotisserie league, and impossible if you play in high-stakes leagues. This is how a player like Sulser ends up on teams -- he earned five saves in 2020 despite some rather ugly numbers around those saves. His minor-league career saw him strikeout out 10.4 batter per nine innings with a solid walk rate, but that walk rate has not followed him to the big-league level (20 walks in 30 innings). When he is right, he is getting ahead of hitters with the fastball and making them look silly with his excellent changeup. However, the control issues make it tough for him to stay in the closer role and Baltimore has already said it is not his job to lose. The pieces are there, but until the command shows up, he is tough to roster. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#507
ADP
$Signed a one-year contract with the Orioles in March of 2021.
Picks up eighth save
PBaltimore Orioles
September 28, 2021
Sulser earned the save by firing a perfect inning against the Red Sox on Tuesday.
ANALYSIS
Susler retired all three of his batters in 12 pitches to tally his eighth save of the year. With Tyler Wells (shoulder inflammation) done for the season, Susler looks to be the favorite for ninth-inning duties in Baltimore. He's collected two wins and a pair of saves this month.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
18
Last 10 Games
17
Last 5 Games
13
How many pitches does Cole Sulser generally throw?
 
1-10
 
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121+
 
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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 2019
 
 
-28%
BAA vs LHP
2021
 
 
-18%
BAA vs LHP
2020
 
 
-49%
BAA vs LHP
2019
 
 
-44%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2019vs Left .173 183 46 19 28 9 1 1
Since 2019vs Right .240 201 54 24 42 5 1 6
2021vs Left .186 127 31 13 21 5 1 1
2021vs Right .227 130 42 10 27 4 0 4
2020vs Left .146 48 11 6 6 3 0 0
2020vs Right .289 50 7 11 11 1 1 2
2019vs Left .125 8 4 0 1 1 0 0
2019vs Right .222 21 5 3 4 0 0 0
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2019
 
 
-29%
ERA on Road
2021
 
 
-28%
ERA on Road
2020
 
 
-16%
ERA on Road
2019
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ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2019Home 3.66 1.14 51.2 3 5 6 9.1 3.8 0.9
Since 2019Away 2.59 1.30 41.2 3 4 7 10.6 4.5 0.4
2021Home 3.09 0.97 35.0 3 2 3 10.0 2.6 1.0
2021Away 2.22 1.31 28.1 2 2 5 10.8 4.1 0.3
2020Home 5.93 1.46 13.2 0 3 3 6.6 5.9 0.7
2020Away 5.00 1.56 9.0 1 2 2 9.0 8.0 1.0
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
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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
3.17
 
K/9
10.4
 
BB/9
3.3
 
HR/9
0.7
 
Fastball
93.3 mph
 
ERA
2.70
 
WHIP
1.12
 
BABIP
.289
 
GB/FB
1.12
 
Left On Base
79.7%
 
Exit Velocity
81.8 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
4.1%
 
Spin Rate
2032 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
21.5%
 
Swinging Strike
14.8%
 
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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.
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In line for saves?
PBaltimore Orioles
September 25, 2021
With Tyler Wells (shoulder inflammation) done for the season, Sulser seems like the most likely candidate to get saves for Baltimore down the stretch.
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Picks up fifth win
PBaltimore Orioles
September 17, 2021
Sulser (5-4) struck out two in two perfect innings to earn the win Thursday versus the Yankees.
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Earns two-inning save
PBaltimore Orioles
September 11, 2021
Sulser allowed two hits and a walk while striking out one over two scoreless innings to earn the save in Friday's 6-3 win over Toronto.
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Falters in Monday's loss
PBaltimore Orioles
September 6, 2021
Sulser (4-4) took the loss Monday versus Kansas City. He allowed two runs on four hits with one strikeout in one inning.
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Collects win Saturday
PBaltimore Orioles
September 4, 2021
Sulser (4-3) struck out one in 1.1 perfect innings to earn the win Saturday over the Yankees.
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