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McAdam: Five thoughts about MLB’s postseason so far

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There's plenty of postseason baseball still ahead, but we already know the matchup for the NLCS, and the ALCS pairings will be set by late Friday night.

Meanwhile, here are some thought on what we've seen so far:

1-Starting pitching still carries the day.

And by starting pitching, we're not talking about openers, or cobbling together nine innings with nine different pitchers, as the Padres did twice.

No. We're talking about actual, honest-to-good conventional starters.

That maxim was proven last fall when the Washington Nationals won the World Series with dominant performances from their starters (Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg) and it's been validated again so far.

The most dominant team to date has been the one with deepest rotation -- the Los Angeles Dodgers. They'll be meeting the Atlanta Braves in the NLCS, who have also had dominant efforts from their starters, including posting back-to-back shutouts in their NLDS sweep of the Marlins.

The New York Yankees, meanwhile, have lost one game this postseason -- that was the game (Game 2 of the ALDS) in which they got cute and used rookie Deivi Garcia as an opener before turning to J.A. Happ, with disastrous results, hoping to gain favorable matchups against Tampa Bay's lineup.