The Best of FanGraphs: October 2-6 by Paul Swydan October 7, 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 The Players Who Defined 2017, by Dave Cameron Dave tells the season through the story of four players, three of whom are still playing. Players’ View: Are Today’s Analytically Inclined Players Tomorrow’s GMs?, by David Laurila As he so often does, David talks to a variety of people, from players, to coaches/managers and front office executives. The Indians Did Have Maybe the Best Pitching Staff Ever, by Jeff Sullivan Jeff called it a few weeks ago, and it turns out he was right. Jeff has a habit of being right. Jeff Zimmerman’s 2017 Bold Predictions – A Review, by Jeff Zimmerman The leader in the clubhouse with 5.5 correct predictions, give a round of applause to Mr. Zimmerman. TUESDAY Players to Root for in the Playoffs, by Craig Edwards If you don’t like Carlos Beltran, chances are you’re a Mets fan. WEDNESDAY Indians Go Unconventional, Again, by Travis Sawchick And it couldn’t have worked out better. Kudos to Cleveland for always being willing to take a different approach. Tout Wars Mixed Auction: A Year of Mistakes, by Jeff Zimmerman If you didn’t know any better, you’d think Jeff bit the dust hard. He actually won his league. On Winning AL-Only Tout Wars, by Mike Podhorzer Mike’s title is far less misleading. Congrats to both Jeff and Mike on their victories! 2018 Too Early Mock Drafts ADP, by Justin Mason Justin did yeoman’s work here. I’m a little surprised at how low a certain Yankees slugger went in these. Alex Chamberlain’s 2017 Bold Predictions – A Review, by Alex Chamberlain As Alex said about his 0-fer, just take me out back and put me out of my misery. A New Classic in Sabermetric Literature, by Dave Studeman If Studes says something is good, then it’s good. 2017 Sabermetric Awards by Henry These are good awards. THURSDAY Archie Bradley’s Triple Was More Improbable Than You Think, by Jeff Sullivan The Arizona set-up man was a really bad hitter when he was a starting pitcher, and, obviously, he’s no longer a starting pitcher. The Three Pitches That Matter for Chris Sale, by Carson Cistulli None of the three were really working in Game 1, but that doesn’t make Carson’s analysis any less impactful. FRIDAY The Cubs Survived the World Series Hangover, by Craig Edwards And as long as they know how to love, I know they’ll stay alive.