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anthony rizzo happy celebrationLast night, Anthony Rizzo went 1-1 with four(!) walks. That “1” was a homer.

Starlin Castro went 3-4 with two doubles and a walk.

Welington Castillo went 3-4 with a double and a walk.

These are all fantastic nights, and they are of the character that we can have a little statistical fun. So, let’s …

  • Coming into the game, Rizzo had gone into something of a mini-slump, seeing his OPS fall from .948 on April 20, down to .797. With his one big night, that OPS rocketed back up to .864.
  • The four walks brought Rizzo’s walk rate up to an incredible 15.9%, matching his 15.9% strikeout rate. That walk rate, and his .407 OBP, are good for 16th best in all of baseball.

  • The one home run in one at bat raised Rizzo’s ISO 31(!) points.
  • Rizzo’s BABIP – .310 – didn’t change last night over his five plate appearances. He never put a ball in play. That’s usually not a compliment, but, when it’s walks and homers? It’s fantastic.
  • Castro’s overall line got a healthy bump last night, from a very-good-for-a-shortstop .290/.317/.440 to a very-good-for-a-baseball-player .308/.339/.471. That line would mark Castro’s best career season by far.

  • That also marks an OPS climb of 54 points.
  • Castro isn’t a “strikeout” guy, but it became a slight problem for him last year. This year? His K rate has dropped to 11.9%, the lowest of his career, and the 10th lowest in the National League.
  • Castillo saw his OBP climb 30 points from scary territory (.299) to well above average (.329). He added 26 points in BA, too.
  • Castillo’s wOBA was pretty nice for a catcher coming into the game, .329. But after the game? At .355, he’s looking like an All-Star. (Well, he would be if there weren’t so damn many fantastic offensive catchers in the NL this year so far.)
  • Rizzo’s team-leading wOBA is now .359, which is actually just four points higher than Castillo, and just five points higher than Castro. How about that?

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