The Brewers came in here last week with the mind-set, "if I can hit it, I'm swinging!", and they've been hitting and winning ever since. Meanwhile Pedroia puts his foot in the bucket and takes almost every first pitrch for strike one. It is axiomatic that a hitter in the hole with one strike has given the pitcher an advantage. I don't need an album full of stats to figure that out. I don't know how many called strike three's Nava and Napoli have taken this year, but it is mind boggling. The umpires have been calling close pitches "strike" since game 1, fellas! While you're watching pitch counts (so a fresh pitcher can come in) you're letting the best pitch you will see the entire AB sail by for strilke one.
A good team can win the WS; it takes more than that to continue on and be great the following year. It's called "adjustment". All good pitchers try and get ahead (translation: fast ball down the middle).