Sulser will not be the Orioles' closer going forward, Joe Trezza of MLB.com reports. 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.
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. Sulser has now been tagged with a loss in three of his last four appearances and has blown three of his eight save opportunities. With two outs and a runner on second Sunday, the 30-year-old walked two straight batters before allowing a walkoff single to Teoscar Hernandez. His season ERA ballooned up to 4.70 and it's unclear if he'll still be the team's main closer moving forward.
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. Sulser entered the tie game in the ninth inning and got through it fine, but couldn't get through the 10th cleanly. A Chris Davis throwing error allowed Travis Shaw to score, and the Orioles weren't able to get Sulser off the hook in the bottom half of the inning. The 30-year-old righty has a 3.86 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 10 strikeouts in 11.2 innings this season.
Sulser pitched a perfect 1.1 innings with one strikeout to earn the save in Saturday's 7-3 win over the Nationals. Sulser was called on for the last out of the eighth inning, and he retired Adam Eaton via a flyout. Sulser then retired Juan Soto, Asdrubal Cabrera and Eric Thames in order in the ninth for his fifth save of the year. The 30-year-old Sulser has a 4.35 ERA and 0.97 WHIP in 10.1 innings this season. He's 5-for-7 in save chances as the primary ninth-inning option in the Baltimore bullpen.
Sulser struck out two and did not allow a baserunner in the ninth inning to earn the save Wednesday against the Phillies. After blowing a save chance Tuesday against the Phillies, Sulser was given the chance to redeem himself. He took advantage by whiffing two of the three batters he faced to earn his fourth save of the season. Sulser has been up and down while serving as the Orioles' primary closer, suffering two blowup outings but working effectively otherwise. Overall, he has a 5.00 ERA and 9:5 K:BB across nine innings.
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