There are a lot of run estimators out there, such as RC or Runs Created used at baseball reference, based off of Bill James work. Or wRC which is the runs created estimator they use at Fangraphs. They are all pretty good at estimating total run contribution. But for many fans they don't feel as "real" as simply adding up things like RBI, or Runs Scored. The less obvious or hidden value of advancing runners, or extending an inning or pitcher pitch count, etc , while clearly valuable, are not as obvious to the average fan not interested in doing the math or distrustful of those that have.
There is a simplistic Run Created stat that came out a long time ago that while far from an "accurate" measure, still gives some idea of run creation value that most fans can grasp easily, as there is no complicated math involved.
That would be RBI + Runs - HR *
*Obviously in this measure you can't double count Homers as both a run and an RBI as you are trying to assess
actual runs put on the board, and they don't give you two on the board when you hit a solo shot.
Here is how the D Backs did in this stat:
So those are the raw totals. But there isn't much context there, i.e. how many games, or PA's, or how many OUTS did the player use up to produce those runs.
So lets look at it as a rate as well. I have chosen R-produced / OUT made because I believe you have to at least look as how many of the team's precious 27 outs per game a guy is using up to produce those runs. This is going to give a boost to guys who don't make too many outs obviously. But I think thats correct. Out in baseball are bad, (for the offense), M Kay ?
Insert the obligatory "Cody Ransom" snark here. (Jim......? Anybody home ? )
Seriously, obviously I am somewhat pimping Justin Upton today. And I'm not trying to be too subtle. The thought process here is simple. If you are into RBI, as context dependent as they are, then you should be equally into Runs Scored, as getting on base a lot, and running the bases well to put yourself in a position to score is just as valuable as getting the hit that drives the runner home. And doing these things without using up too many of the team outs is a good thing.