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Why don't the A's win in October?

Do Billy Beane and the A's have a fatal flaw come the playoffs? Baseball Prospectus examines what actually wins in October.

Updated: April 4, 2006, 7:54 PM ET
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The following chapters are adapted from "Baseball Between the Numbers: Why Everything You Know About the Game is Wrong." Copyright (c) 2006 by Baseball Prospectus. Excerpted by permission of Basic Books, a member of the Perseus Books Group. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.

From chapter 9-3: Why Doesn't Billy Beane's S*** Work in the Playoffs? by Nate Silver and Dayn Perry

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