The Best of FanGraphs: February 13-17, 2017 by Paul Swydan February 18, 2017 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. MONDAY So Much Talent in the WBC, by Craig Edwards As opposed to the so much drama in the LBC. Mixed LABR Chat with Paul & Jason, by Paul Sporer Paul and Jason chatted while they drafted their LABR team. This LABR league also has fellow RotoGraphs authors Mike Podhorzer and Alan Harrison in it, as well as RotoGraphs alum Howard Bender. Also, Paul and Jason discussed their LABR draft in Tuesday’s episode of “Sleeper & The Bust.” The Homogenization of Ballparks, by John LaRue John put a lot of work into this piece detailing how ballparks have become more and more alike over time, with the help of several of his trademark fancy infographics. TUESDAY DJ LeMahieu Gets No Respect, by Jeff Sullivan If pitchers continue to disrespect LeMahieu, he might just take them back to school, because he’s something of a natural born killer. As they say, that’d be easy money. Christian Arroyo Could Be Next, by Ben Kaspick This was Ben’s debut piece at RotoGraphs. Welcome to the team, Ben! Tracking ADP Changes: The Delusion of Cheap Speed, by The Birchwood Brothers Try not to delude yourself, OK? At least not when it comes to your fantasy draft. Basic Machine Learning With R (Part 2) by The Kuzdu Kid The second part in this series was just as informative as the first. WEDNESDAY Is Brian Dozier’s Power Repeatable?, by Gerald Schifman Gerald shows that the Twins may have overplayed their hand moreso than previously thought. CBS Industry League AL Only Auction, by Justin Mason They say the most boring thing in the world is someone else’s fantasy draft, but I find that these recaps often provide a lot of good nuggets of info that I can take into my drafts. THURSDAY The Best Transactions of the 2017 Offseason, by Dave Cameron As always, Dave presents a list with a mix of high- and low-profile moves. Go and tell him why he’s wrong, even though he probably isn’t. Billy Eppler on Rebuilding the Angels, by David Laurila This is a very comprehensive interview, and is required reading if you’re interested in the inner workings of a baseball operations department. PitchFX-Forensics: Alex Reyes, by Mike Sonne Interesting stuff from Mike on the first big injury of the year. FRIDAY Ilitch Offered Model for Owners to Follow, by Travis Sawchick They really don’t make many like Mike Ilitch. Eno’s 2017 Pitcher Ranks, by Eno Sarris Eno just couldn’t help himself. Also, I think Stephen Strasburg is being wildly overrated by everyone. If you’re going to draft a pitcher that early, you’d like to be confident he can pitch 200 innings. Quantifying Bullpen Roles: The Math by Matt Malkus Matt continued his bullpen role series this week with two pieces that were published simultaneously. If you aren’t into math, check out his “Quantifying Bullpen Roles: The 2016 Season” piece instead.