It’s time for Cole Sulser to become the Miami Marlins close

PHOENIX, ARIZONA - MAY 11: Cole Sulser #31 of the Miami Marlins delivers a pitch against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on May 11, 2022 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
PHOENIX, ARIZONA - MAY 11: Cole Sulser #31 of the Miami Marlins delivers a pitch against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on May 11, 2022 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images) /
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It’s time for the Miami Marlins to make Cole Sulser our new closer. We wrote about the Miami Marlins closer situation before. Things have changed since then. It’s time to reassess that situation and figure out how The Fish can resolve our closing issue. At this point it’s clear that Cole Sulser needs to take over as the new Miami Marlins closer.

Cole Sulser is the answer to the Miami Marlins’ closing issues.

The Miami Marlins started the season with Dylan Floro as the presumptive closer, but with him on the injured list. Floro has recently come back from the aforementioned IL and has been…well pretty bad in his limited sample size. He has an 11.25 ERA/7.34 FIP with 2.3 K/9 and 4.5 BB/9. The sample size is very small, as it is only 4.0 innings, but the results don’t leave a lot of optimism for the future. Another concern is that Floro’s fastball velocity has dropped from 93.8 mph last season to 92.1 this season. I don’t think that closing is a good idea for him right now.

The season started with Floro on the IL, so Anthony Bender filled in for him while he was out. Bender has 6 saves but also a 4.50 ERA/5.31 FIP. He still has his elite 98.1 mph fastball, but it appears that the results are just not there at the moment. Bender’s ERA and FIP are just too high and until those results improve, it’s too risky to be giving him save opportunities at the moment.

This leaves us with Cole Sulser as the best option for the Miami Marlins. Unlike Bender and Floro, who don’t have much of a track record as closers, Sulser was very effective in that role for the Baltimore Orioles last season: 2.70 ERA/2.98 FIP in 63.1 innings along with 8 saves. This season, he has a 2,81 ERA/3.22 FIP in 16 innings. He is easily the best option and should be the closer going forward.

Cole Sulser is the best out of the Miami Marlins’ relievers. He was great for Baltimore last season and is pitching better than all of our relievers this season, let’s give him a chance! Cole Sulser should officially be the closer for the Miami Marlins.

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