The Best of FanGraphs: March 16-20, 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.

It was Bold Predictions Week at RotoGraphs. Click here to see how far 17 (!!!) different RotoGraphs writers were willing to go this year.

It’s Time To Fix Baseball’s Broken Service Time System, by Mike Petriello

Breaking Down the Team Payrolls, by Craig Edwards
After this informative post, Craig went in and broke down the most cost effective rotations and lineups as well.

The Fans Versus the Depth Charts, by Bobby Mueller
Some great info here from Bobby.

The Great Valuation System Test: The Results, by Mike Podhorzer
Fun article from Mike. Make sure you read the process article first.

Projecting Uncertainty: A Roadmap to the Projected Standings, by Adam Dorhauer
Even if we completely trust projections, some win totals will miss by a fairly large margin.

Adam Ottavino on his Three-in-One Slider, by David Laurila
The Rockies reliever remains one of the most thoughtful players in the game. Later that day, August GIF’d all three of his sliders for your viewing pleasure.

Why Wasn’t Kole Calhoun a Prospect?, by Neil Weinberg
Good read here from Neil on one of the prospects who slipped through the scouting community’s fingers.

A Preview of 2015 Team Defenses, by August Fagerstrom
The shortstop upgrade for the Yankees is gonna be yoooge.

Making the Case Against Baseball in Montreal, by Julien Assouline
Though this post is a splash of cold water in the faces of Montreal fans, it does conclude with a constructive suggestion.

Diving Into First Base: Maybe Not Crazy, by Eno Sarris
Ever the contrarian, Eno takes the opposite position on a debate that had seemingly been settled.

TechGraphs’ Guide to Following the NCAA Tournament, by David G. Temple
Your bracket may be busted, but that doesn’t mean your tech savvy needs to be!

Dellin Betances, Dominant and Deceptive, by Owen Watson
On Thursday, Owen detailed how the Yankees bullpen as a whole should be fearsome, before going in here specifically on the Washington Heights native in this post.

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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