The Best of FanGraphs: May 27-30, 2014

If you missed the inaugural post of The Best Of FanGraphs, you can do so here. In case you don’t feel like clicking through though, here is how this post is structured:

We’ll pull from the whole FanGraphs family, picking 10-15 stories that we feel you really should read before the week draws to a close. The links are color coded — green for FanGraphs, burnt sienna for RotoGraphs, purple for NotGraphs, dark red for The Hardball Times and blue for Community. They are listed in this order as well in each day, just for the sake of consistency.


Yasiel Puig’s Historic Start, by Dave Cameron
Puig, Puig, Puig, Puig, Puig, Puig, Puig, Puig, PUIG!


16 Facts About Ben Revere’s Home Run, by Jeff Sullivan
If you read this story, you’ll surely note that Jeff looked up a Jason Tyner anecdote from 2007.

Victor Martinez’s Unlikely and Unique Comeback, by August Fagerstrom
Adding power to the mix has really set himself apart.

New Heatmaps!, by David Appelman
And not just new heatmaps, new league-average heatmaps!

Your 2014 Scripps MLB Spelling Bee, by Jeremy Blachman
I think this person got them all right.

Feasting on Garbage: Early Strength of Schedule and Team Offense, by bachlaw
Balancing the scales, with a little help from SIERA.

Eephus Ain’t Nothin’, by Jake Mintz
Even if we don’t want it to be.


Chris Young Challenges the Data, by Eno Sarris
A differing of opinions on high fastballs leads to the best post you’ll read about Chris Young all week.

Scheming For Relief: Monitoring Reliever Tiers, by Alan Harrison
A helpful list from one of our Bullpen Report masters.

Might It Get Worse For Wil Myers?, by Scott Spratt
What happens if the infield hits dry up?

Selling Scott Kazmir, by Mike Podhorzer
Mike is in favor of selling high.

Five Real and Not Fake Baseball Films, by Carson Cistulli
Rumor has it that Christopher Nolan will be helming Rookie of the Year II after he’s done with Interstellar.

The Physical Obstacle for Women in Baseball, by Bradley Woodrum
Bradley makes his case for a woman breaking into the majors.


Matt Kemp and When Real Life Matters in Fantasy, by Eno Sarris
Eno is in favor of selling as well, though it wouldn’t exactly be high.

Tools: Game and Series Win Probabilities, by Steve Staude
Have fun.

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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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Am I the only one who can’t really distinguish between the RotoGraphs and Hardball Times ones?