Elvis Andrus and Josh Hamilton provide the range needed to cover spacious AT&T Park.
When looking at the Ranger order a lot of things become apparent: They have a number of guys who can hit home runs, they have a number of guys who can wreak havoc on the base paths.
What doesn't immediately stand out is: These guys can field.
While fielding percentage does have statistical significance in baseball, it can be misleading, primarily, official scorers all see things differently. In fact, the difference between the Rangers, who ranked 23rd over all in fielding percentage, and the Giants, who ranked 3rd, was a mere .006 of a percentage point.
Talk about splitting hairs.
Defensively, the Rangers had 23 more double-plays than the Giants, and allowed for 15 less stolen bases—two statistics that could play a huge role in determining who will win the series. Further, the Giants played in the National League, where pitchers likely average about 2.5 AB's per game (just a spitball stat on my behalf).
In the outfield that Rangers have speed and arms galore.
With players like Nelson Cruz, Josh Hamilton, and a platoon of David Murphy, Jeff Francouer (former Gold Glover), and Vladimir Guerrero, the Rangers will surely cause base runners to think twice about taking an extra base. Say what you will about Vlad's speed, but he can still throw a rope.
On the dirt, the Rangers have what is fast becoming one of the best middle-infield tandems in baseball between Elvis Andrus at shortstop and Ian Kinsler at second base. While the corner infield spots are questionable, Mitch Moreland has proved he has a decent amount of range, and Michael Young will at least make routine plays.
Fielding is an essential part of winning in baseball, and with heads up plays like the one Andrus made in Game 4 of the ALCS, the Rangers couldn't be in better hands if the had All-State in the dugout.