You've heard it all before. Good pitching beats good hitting. The cream always rises to the top. The early bird gets the worm. Don't step on a crack or you'll break your mama's back. You might as well throw every cliche in the book out. Like most cliches and superstitions, analysis of the playoffs rarely ever hits the mark.
Justin Verlander goes 24-5 and dominates the league in the last month. The Tigers are destined to go 1-0 with two more good pitchers to go. Well, rain comes on Friday and dashes that plan. In the regular season this would be no big deal. In a five game series it could mean everything.
So, how is one to negotiate the mountains of analysis on the tube, in the paper and on the net? Well, the first thing to remember that with all their vast experience, swagger and fancy makeup they probably don't know anymore than you and me. So, remember these rules (or guidelines) and you should be fine.