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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, 12:23 PM ET
By Jeff Merron and David Schoenfield | Page 2

4. YOU NEED PLAYOFF EXPERIENCE

Theory popularized by: The 1998-2000 Yankees; managers who distrust rookies; ex-players who think you "learn" how to play the game as you get older.

The numbers In a 2000 article for ESPN.com, Keith Law of Baseball Prospectus studied playoff results from 1980 to 1999. He concluded that "Experienced playoff teams" beat "Inexperienced" in 13 of 23 series. Hardly conclusive evidence.

THE THEORIES

1. Pitching wins championships 2. You ...

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