The Best of FanGraphs: April 18-22, 2016

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, dark red for The Hardball Times and blue for Community Research.

Bryce Harper Is Catching Up to Mike Trout, by Dave Cameron
It’s time to start putting a little thought into the question of who is the game’s best.

Seung Hwan Oh Has Been Completely Unhittable, by August Fagerstrom
His Contact% was up to 50% as of Friday, but that was still best in the majors.

Players’ View: The Difference Between Left and Right Field, by Eno Sarris (and David Laurila)
Well, you see, one is on one side of center field, and one is on the other.

Felix Hernandez Is Not Right, by Mike Podhorzer
If he’s not right, perhaps he’s moving on your left?

Adrian Beltre Ignores Age, Free Agency, by Craig Edwards
But not his teammates.


What’s Up With Greinke’s Slider?, by Eno Sarris
Eno talks to Zack Greinke a lot.

Full Disclosure, by Justin Mason
I have had similar conversations with my wife in the past.

How to Value Opt-Outs, by Matt Swartz
Another week, another knowledgeable article dropped by Matt.

The Case for Noah Syndergaard as Baseball’s Best Pitcher, by Jeff Sullivan
We could argue about this all day like we argue about who’s the best MC (Biggie, Jay-Z or Nas), and Jeff adds to the discussion/argument here.

Pitch Type Killers, by Scott Spratt
As Scott mentions, seeing Francisco Lindor here is quite surprising.

Dexter Fowler, Casey Close, Collusion and the Value of Information, by Jack Moore
Few people connect historical and current events better than Jack.

A Beacon of Hope for Minnesota, by Matthew Prowant
As this article is not about Miguel Sano, perhaps it should have been titled “Another Beacon of Hope for Minnesota.”

How Defensive Metrics Might’ve Saved Jake Arrieta’s No-Hitter, by August Fagerstrom
August goes in on this one.

The Joy of Ambiguous Fantasy Rules, by Trey Baughn
I definitely didn’t know that Ottoneu rule, and I play Ottoneu.

A Simple Tool for Managing Multiple Fantasy Rosters, by Tanner Bell
I could have used this 10 years ago. Or even five years ago. Or last year. Or this year!

Gender Division in High School Baseball Participation Rates, by Julien Assouline
In his THT debut, Julien pulls some great data, and organizes it into some fantastic infographics that serve a larger point about girls playing baseball.

Paul Swydan used to be the managing editor of The Hardball Times, a writer and editor for FanGraphs and a writer for and The Boston Globe. Now, he owns The Silver Unicorn Bookstore, an independent bookstore in Acton, Mass. Follow him on Twitter @Swydan. Follow the store @SilUnicornActon.

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Note – on Sunday (4/24), that link showed Trout as #1 on the list (obviously will change over time).

More relevant fact – at the time of the article, Trout was #106 in WAR for the 2016 season. As of today (4/25), he’s #10.