Graph of the Week: WAR after Four, Effective Baserunning, Batters Faced per Game, What Power Means, and Greg Gagne vs. Joe Carter

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Click the graph for the article in which it appeared.

Justin asked me to take the reigns on the Graph of the Week this time around. Personally, I think he's just embarrassed he didn't think of illustrating the career of Greg Gagne in one of his gorgeous graphs this week. This is our fifth installment of this competi—er, I mean, series.

I have to say I'm very proud of the graphs that have been coming out of Beyond the Box Score lately. I hope you've enjoyed them, too. Your feedback on each and every one is always greatly appreciated. It fuels our desire to make next week's graph all the better. But as always, if there's something you'd like to see us illustrate, please let us know.

 

General guidelines for review are after the jump. Click the thumbnails to see full versions of each chart. 

 

General Critical Review of Sabermetric Graph Guidelines

1. Can you read it? Is it legible, easy to read? Things like fonts, color choices, labeling and organization should be noted here.

2. Can you understand it? Does it make sense? If the point of making a quality graph is the ability to tell a story with pictures, then the goal of a grapher is to make the subject easier to understand. This is especially important in a field like sabermetrics.

3. Does it stand alone? How much explanation does the visual require? Usually the less explanation needed, the more effective the visual. That means that the best graphs can stand alone, letting the image speak for itself, or it could drive home the point of the article in which it was included.

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