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The baserunning report

Singling out the best and worst baserunners of the LCS teams

Updated: October 14, 2009, 2:25 PM ET
By Christina Kahrl | Baseball Prospectus
Jeff Gross/Getty ImagesBaserunning can be the difference between going home and going to the World Series.

Baserunning plays often end up being among the most dramatic moments in a critical game. Matt Holliday's tagging up and coming home in the 13th inning of the Rockies' play-in tiebreaker against the Padres in 2007 might be the most dramatic October baserunning play in recent years, proving you can be a hero on the bases without being the fastest man on a ballclub. Then there's Jeremy Giambi's nonslide that helped make The Flip by Derek Jeter in the 2001 American League Division Series a timeless example of what bad baserunning (and heady defense) can do to change an outcome. The 2009 League Championship Series is sure to present opportunities for the men aboard to be heroes or goats, but who are the most and least likely candidates on the four clubs? After looking at each team's stats from the regular season, here's a quick view of the best and worst baserunners, using Baseball Prospectus' equivalent baserunning runs statistic. (We'll show everyone who was worth 2½ runs or more, or hurt his team by 2½ runs or more.)

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