Rangers touch all the bases

Big plays on the basepaths propel Rangers past Rays and into the ALCS

Updated: October 13, 2010, 12:44 AM ET
By Carson Cistulli | FanGraphs
Even though managers and color commentators alike expend considerable effort in singing the praises of baserunning, research shows us that, generally speaking, runs (and, thus, wins) gained from effective baserunning pale in comparison to the contributions, respectively, of batting, pitching and fielding.

Or, rather, that's usually the case.