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Fun With a Big Game: Rizzo, Castro, Castillo

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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?


Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation.