Speed kills, right? Well when it comes to MLB, that isn't always the case. In fact, six of the top 10 teams in base stealing in 2009 missed the playoffs. And over the last few seasons, it is pretty much a coin flip on whether or not the top base stealing teams in baseball make the playoffs. But in particular, speed at the top of the order has proved more critical in the National League. The NL had three of their four postseason participants from last season in the top 12 in the MLB in stolen bases. In 2008, all four of the NL participants in the playoffs finished in the top half of MLB in stolen bases, three of which finished in the top 10. In 2007, three of the four NL postseason clubs finished in the top 13 in MLB in stolen bases. In 2006, three of the four playoff clubs in the NL finish ...
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