The Royals are playing in the World Series thanks in part to their all-world defense, especially in the outfield. Alex Gordon is tremendous in left and Lorenzo Cain runs down just about everything in center. Norichika Aoki is OK in right, but in the late innings the speedy Jarrod Dyson takes over in center with Cain sliding into right.
The folks in ESPN's stats department put together this graphic using some defensive data to show just how much more range the Gordon-Dyson-Cain outfield has compared to the average MLB outfield. Check it out:
How much ground do the Royals outfielders cover? Even more than you think. pic.twitter.com/bGVCvIkSGs— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) October 23, 2014
That is pretty darn neat. I want to see more. Like every other team in baseball, basically.