The Best of FanGraphs: February 2-6, 2015

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, orange for TechGraphs and blue for Community Research.

Ultimate Bullpen Guide: Arsenal Score, xBABIP & Rankings, by Daniel Schwartz
Click through to see which two players are ranked ahead of Aroldis Chapman.

Everything You Need to Know About Yoan Moncada, by Kiley McDaniel
A definitive timeline from the guy who’s been on top of this story from jump street.

How Much Better Can Scherzer Get in the NL?, by Paul Sporer
Probably not much, but even a little boost could make him one of the two or three best fantasy pitchers. Paul explains here. Well, not me, the new Paul.

Has Finally Fixed Their Web Player?, by David G. Temple
Hope springs eternal.

The Importance of the 30-Minute Population Radius on MLB Attendance, by Mlortz
This is one of those lightbulb articles — it makes so much sense that you don’t know why you didn’t think of it sooner. If you’re wondering why the Chicago team populations are so different, as I was, go to this comment string.

Progressive Pitch Projections: Cut Fastballs, by Matthew Mata
In his debut post for THT, Matthew goes in deep — very deep — on cutters.

A Short History of Video Game Baseball: The Magnavox Odyssey, by Patrick Dubuque
Patrick’s first post at TechGraphs was a fun trip down memory lane.

The How and The Why of Michael Fiers, by Eno Sarris
The soft-tossing righty sandwiched two good years around one bad one, and Eno wanted to know how and why that happened.

Walking Through Ben Revere’s 19 Assists, by Jeff Sullivan
Because why not? Warning — GIFs galore!

Final 2014 Zobrist Values, by Jeff Zimmerman
The metric that Jeff introduced in last year’s edition of FanGraphs+ makes its (glorious?) return.

Baseball Cannot Tolerate Violence Against Women, by Jason Linden
The title speaks for itself.

2015 ZiPS Projections – Pittsburgh Pirates, by Carson Cistulli
If ZiPS is on point — and it usually is — then the Pirates should have one of the best outfields in baseball. Which is good news, since their infield has two guys projected to strike out more than 30 percent of the time.

What Does Coors Field Do to Pitch Selection?, by Jeff Sullivan
To be honest, I could have linked to every one of Jeff’s post this week and called it a day. But this topic has always interested me, so it got the nod.

Introduction: Assault on the Pinochle, by The Birchwood Brothers
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KATOH: Forecasting Major League Pitching with Minor League Stats, by Chris Mitchell
In his first KATOH post, Chris tackled hitters. Now he’s back with a post on pitchers. Both are essential reading.

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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