The Best of FanGraphs: August 11 – August 15, 2014

Each week, we publish north of 100 posts on our various blogs. With this post, we hope to highlight 10 to 15 of them. You can read more on it here. The links below are color coded — green for FanGraphs, brown for RotoGraphs, purple for NotGraphs, dark red for The Hardball Times and blue for Community.

Saying Hello, by Kiley McDaniel
Please allow Kiley to re-introduce himself. He did so in print here, and in your earballs on Friday with Carson.

Bringing the Heat, by Jared Cross
Are we looking at heat maps all wrong? Jared makes a convincing case that we are.

The Baltimore Orioles Offense: More Boom Than Bust, by Drew Fairservice
Here, Drew says nice things about the Orioles. That’s good!

The Curious Case of Chris Coghlan, by byrnsiey330
Did the Cubs uncover another diamond in the rough in Coghlan?

The Braves Are Handing The NL East To The Nationals, by Mike Petriello
The Braves actually managed to tread water this week, but an eight-game losing streak has them a lot closer to third place than it does first place.

The Season’s Quiet Mega-Breakthrough, by Jeff Sullivan
Last year, I bemoaned how Mesoraco had been buried. This year, he’s proven why he deserved to play more in the past.

Dangerous Experiment: A Roster of 25 Adam Dunns, by Patrick Dubuque
Like 25 Mack trucks coming at you.

The Orioles and Accepting Random Variation, by Dave Cameron
Here, big meanie Dave says means things about the Orioles. That’s bad!

The Problem with Kevin Gausman, by Scott Spratt
And here, Scott just kicks a fan base while it’s down. Have you no honor, Scott?!?!?

Searching for Racial Earnings Differentials in Major League Baseball, by Matt Swartz
Matt continues his excellent work on race in baseball.

How Eric Sogard Made History, by Owen Watson
No, it wasn’t with the Face of MLB contest.

The Chicago Cubs and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Junior Lake Season, by Jim_Turvey
Of course, it hasn’t been all sunshine and puppies for the Cubs this season.

Impact Prospect Rankings: Corner Outfielders, by Marc Hulet
Marc has been killing it lately with his new impact prospect rankings list, specifically designed for fantasy purposes. He finished the week with a top 10 here that includes two 2014 draft picks.

Did It Work?, by Jason Collette
Jason checks in on his custom-built study of pitchers who said they were adding new pitches this year.

Corey Dickerson: Thanks “Splits” Page, by Daniel Schwartz
Daniel may have spent too much time thinking about the title for his RotoGraphs debut, but he only did so after writing a knockout first post. Welcome Daniel to our team!

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Paul Swydan is the managing editor of The Hardball Times, a writer and editor for FanGraphs and a writer for He has written for The Boston Globe, ESPN MLB Insider and ESPN the Magazine, among others. Follow him on Twitter @Swydan.

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The Orioles come with a free frogurt. That’s good!


Ah, there are links to that scene on Youtube. D’oh!