In response to Drewski5's comment:
In response to Softlaw1's comment:
From 86 to 90 is similar to the difference in having to go another 15 meters to finish a 100M sprint. It may appear to be minimal, but it's not. No AL team will ever dominate with a couple of top pitchers, anymore. The "it's the pitching" is archaic. It's all about total roster construction and whether a team is built to get in the playoffs and has one top SP and another above average SP.
To argue "it's the pitching" implies that there is a specific "championship formula" that every team w/ world series aspirations must follow. This is absurd, as every team that has ever won a championship, has done it in a different way than every team before. Some teams have won with elite pitching, and some have won with elite hitting.
I would argue that if there is an element that every championship team has had, that element is luck. It certainly isnt elite pitching. Great post.
It's absurd is it? Name one team that won a championship in recent history, that didn't have at least two elite starters?
The Texas Rangers knew this all too well afters years of leading the league in RS only to finish out of the playoff picture because of poor pitching.
While I agree somewhat with law's post, getting to the PS requires strong pitching. Actually winning a championship has to do with a lot of good fortune.