ATLANTA - The running game is making a big comeback in baseball's pitching-dominated, post-steroids era.
Just look at the Atlanta Braves, who used to be known for their one-base-at-a-time, wait-for-the-homer offense. Now, after trading for NL stolen base leader Michael Bourn and calling up speedster Jose Constanza from the minors, they're suddenly running their own little track meet.
Hall of Famer Lou Brock was in Atlanta this week and likes what he sees. As he says, "The running game never goes into a slump."
The Braves aren't the only team running more. According to STATS LLC, stolen bases through the first three-fourths of the season were up 11 percent per game over a year ago, which would be the largest single-season increase since a 21 percent jump in 1976.