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Playoff theories: Do they hold up?

Pitching wins championships. You gotta play small ball. You need experience. We test the playoff theories. Do they hold up?

Updated: October 5, 2005, 11:58 AM ET
By Jeff Merron and David Schoenfield | Page 2

Eight teams. Seven series. And the one that wins 11 games becomes World Series champion.

Everyone has a theory about how to become the champ. It's only natural. The Braves, Cardinals, Astros, Padres, Yankees, Red Sox, White Sox and Angels have been playing every day for six months, and after 162 games, the infopressure just builds up. We've got to find a release. So we talk about what we know, and we explain why some teams have what it takes.

THE THEORIES

1. Pitching ...

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