AdministratorDecember 15, 2020 at 4:01 pm
In his second season with the Dodgers, Adam Kolarek pitched in 20 games. Kolarek was traded to the Dodgers in 2019 to give them a lefty specialist out of the bullpen. But in 2020, due to the new 3-batter minimum rule, Kolarek would have to start pitching against righties.
Kolarek has always struggled against righties, and 2020 was no different. When pitching against lefties, he was basically untouchable, with opponents’ lines averaging .077/.100/.103. However, when you look at his numbers against righties, you can see how much better they were hitting him. His line versus righties was .286/.344/.393. With almost a 200 point difference in each stat, it’s clear to see where Kolarek’s strengths and weaknesses lie.
In 19 innings pitched this season, Kolarek struck out 13 while walking four with an ERA of 0.95 and a 0.79 WHIP. He only allowed 29% of inherited runners to score, which ranked 16th in all of baseball. As with many pitchers this season, this was a career-high for Kolarek, but we also have to keep in mind this was the first year the new rule forced him to face at least three batters, with some of those being righties.
When it came to the playoffs, Kolarek labored in every outing except for his one appearance in the World Series. He threw 3.1 innings in four games while giving up nine hits and five runs with an ERA of 13.50.
The Dodgers optioned Kolarek twice in 2020, and he has two more options remaining on his contract. He will be 32 in 2021 and will be in his final year of pre-arbitration with the Dodgers, and will be a free agent in 2025.
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