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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, 12:24 PM ET
By Jeff Merron and David Schoenfield | Page 2

6. YOU NEED A STRONG BULLPEN

Theory popularized by: Mariano Rivera; the 2002 Angels; and, well, starters never go nine anymore, do they?

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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