I love looking at these charts because it’s such a great way to tell stories about the season. For example, this season it felt like the Astros were 1-2 games back of the Athletics for an unreasonable length of time, and you can see that from about mid-May to mid-June this was absolutely true!
And just as another example this year, this graph of the Diamondbacks is especially grim:
- Very early on in the process I found this interactive chart that does essentially the same thing as mine. But I think mine is a bit easier to view – I like having a bigger y-axis. And I did learn how to implement dark mode for a website – this article by Ryan Feigenbaum was very helpful!
- For the graphs I used Plotly, which is kind of a big download but is extremely customizable and I got a lot of stuff for free. It’s pretty nice!
- Another thing I didn’t like about the other interactive chart was the line colors – they seem hard to distinguish. I thought it would be easy to pick team colors, but it turns out a lot of teams have similar colors, so trying to find different colors for 5 teams that are distinguishable and show up on a light/dark background is very tricky! (this is why the Use Team Colors option exists, in case the colors are too close together…)