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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 3, 2005, 12:55 PM ET
By Jeff Merron and David Schoenfield | Page 2

2. YOU GOTTA PLAY SMALL BALL

Theory popularized by: Players who didn't hit home runs; the anti-"Moneyball"/Billy Beane crowd; the 2002 Angels and 2003 Marlins.

THE THEORIES

1. Pitching wins championships 2. You gotta play small ball 3. You have to be hot entering postseason 4. You need playoff experience 5. You need to have a true No. 1 ace 6. You need a strong bullpen 7. You need to play well in one-run games 8. You have to be a good defensive team 9. Anything can happen

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