The Best of FanGraphs: July 7 – July 11, 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.

It’s Time to Trade Troy Tulowitzki, by Mike Petriello
Perhaps, perhaps not. But it is definitely time for the Rockies to do more than their usual shuffling of deck chairs.

The Emergence of Tyson Ross, by August Fagerstrom
Proof that not every Billy Beane move is gilded in gold.

How Did Clayton Kershaw Get Bombed?, by Jeff Sullivan
No one can be super forever.

Maybe Brian McCann Can’t, but Likely He Will, by Nicholas Minnix
This piece unfortunately doesn’t contain a link to “The Garbage Man Can,” but it’s still a pretty good article.

The Angels’ History, in Baseball Card Expressions, by Mississippi Matt Smith
1987 Devon White does not think that you’re funny.

The Short, Wild Life of the Inter-American League, by Bruce Markusen
Some sports leagues are destined for long-term success. This was not one of them.

Jeff Samardzija on Pitch Counts and Injuries, by David Laurila
The pitcher of the moment has some interesting insight on injuries. And more!

The Ups and, Yes, the Downs of Baseball, by John Paschal
To quote nickolai, “I knew it! Mariah Carey songs destroy testicles.”

Jorge de la Rosa and the Rockies Talent Evaluation Problem, by Dave Cameron
The Rockies think a historically fragile 33-year-old pitcher is integral to their future plans. Dave disagrees. Emphatically.

Jacob deGrom is a Strikeout Artist on Select Canvases, by Scott Spratt
Here within lies some very valuable information about streaming starting pitchers.

Hair of the Dog: The Hangover Effect Revisited, by Shane Tourtellotte
Shane’s “Hangover Effect” study was talked about on television, and that spurred him to do some more research.

A (Re)Introduction to the FanGraphs Library, by Neil Weinberg
Neil makes his FanGraphs debut by dusting off the Library. Tell him what you want him to do to make it better.

Looking Back at the 2013 Trade Value List, by Dave Cameron
Dave pulls out some lessons from last year in advance of next week’s list. The note about Buster Posey is particularly surprising.

Bryce Harper’s Not 100% Yet, by Jeff Zimmerman
Put him on your literal watch list.

Dominant Players (a la XKCD), by The Kudzu Kid
I love everything about this graph, even if, as TGI McScratchy noted, it makes it look like Joe Morgan and Roger Clemens are the same person.

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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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