Source: Mike Axisa, CBS Sports
Boston’s high-powered offense made it easy to overlook that they were one of the very best base-running teams in baseball. They were fourth in MLB with 123 steals but first with an 87-percent success rate because they were only caught 19 times.
Enter Yadier Molina.
The NL MVP candidate and backbone of the Cardinals is baseball’s very best at shutting down the running game from behind the plate.
He threw out 20 of 46 attempted base-stealers in 2013 (43-percent), far better than the 28-percent league average, and over the last five seasons, Molina has thrown out 42-percent of attempted base-stealers, the highest in baseball by no small margin.