Even if we have not done so publicly, I'm sure we've all thought about how the streakiness of the sim kills us sometimes: going well, then a 1-12 streak for a team that otherwise plays .600 ball, and misses the playoffs by one game. '27 Babe Ruth going 125 PAs without a HR (and a ton of 1-run losses during the drought). And on and on, ad nauseum. Well, here's my counter to that: the streak that wins it for you.
In a recently-completed league, I won my division with a non-outstanding regular season record of 86-76, holding the second seed in the playoffs. I swept the first round, winning 7-6, 5-2, and 5-1 - good, but not earth-shattering. Round Two I start with two one-run wins and a five run win, giving up a total of 21 over the first six games of the playoffs. Then, a shutout to sweep the second round and shutouts in the first THREE games of the WS! Lost game four, when my streak of 41 2/3 scoreless innings was snapped (eventually losing 4-2), then come within two outs of another shutout in winning Game 5.
Regular season .267/.344/.365
In the playoffs - .301/.375/.420
Regular Season .257/.307/.350/1.25/3.26
In the playoffs - .226/.257/.289/1.01/1.77
Vic Willis, my #3 Starter, did not allow a run in any of his three starts; Dick Rudolph had an ERA of .70 in his four; Christy Mathewson was the slacker with an ERA of 1.82 in five starts - but did not walk a single batter in the playoffs (34.2 IP). On the offensive side, five batters hit .346 or better (only two hit over .300 in the regular season, .307 and .323). In short, everybody got 'hot' at once. So, next time I carp about a cold streak, someone please link to this post and tell me to STFU!