The Best of FanGraphs: September 19-23, 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.

A Long-Needed Update on Reliability, by Jonah Pemstein
Jonah doesn’t write that frequently, but everything he does write is pure gold. Get on this.

Gary Sanchez as Rookie of the Year, by Jeff Sullivan
Jeff also wrote about Michael Fulmer as the Rookie of the Year. While Fulmer has come back down to earth and Gary Sanchez hasn’t, Sanchez also hasn’t been around as long. Tough call for voters.

Clay Buchholz on Evolving, by David Laurila
I know what you’re thinking, but no, this isn’t a post about how Clay Buchholz has developed a third eye.

Robbie Ray Continues to Baffle, by Mike Podhorzer
Mike is at a loss, and with good reason.

Meet Alex Dickerson, Early 2017 Sleeper, by Alex Chamberlain
Alex Dickerson sort of faded in and out of vogue earlier this season, but Alex wants to make sure that you…

The Impact of Injuries on Player Valuation, by Max Flignor
Completing a very long thesis paper is no picnic. Boiling that thesis paper down into an easily digestible article is even less so. Max has now done both, and on a topic that should be of interest to all sabermetric enthusiasts.

Mike Trout and the Need for Logical Consistency, by Dave Cameron
Dave succinctly points out the logical fallacy of voting Mike Trout second, but not first, for the AL MVP.

The Continued Growth of Rick Porcello, Cy Young Candidate, by August Fagerstrom
Even just a few weeks ago, the idea of Rick Porcello as the AL Cy Young Award winner felt ridiculous. As August explains, it no longer does.

Kenta Maeda, Then and Now, by Eno Sarris

Let’s Watch Miguel Cabrera Make a Run Happen, by Jeff Sullivan
This one is just too much fun.

MASH Report: DL Trends and Re-Injury Rates, by Jeff Zimmerman
If you’re interested in injury data, you should always be reading Jeff’s work.

Bases Produced and a Consideration of the 2016 AL/NL MVPs, by Stephen
Stephen has been working on this metric for a long time, so be sure to give this a read.

“Pitch” Pilot: The Right Woman for the Job, by Sarah Wexler
Please welcome Sarah, who has written in the past for The Hardball Times, to FanGraphs! We’re excited to have her writing episode recaps of “Pitch.”

Weak Contact and the American League Cy Young Race, by Craig Edwards
The AL Cy Young race is a close contest thanks to no one really separating from the pack. With this detailed analysis, Craig looks to find some separation for them.

How to Judge the Atlanta Braves’ Rebuild, by Ryan Pollack
Step one: Sit in one of these while you do it.


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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