One thing I have noticed very often, is that the guys who win the WS almost always have low inning starters with eye popping stats, and use them to win key games. It is nice to have one of those 50PA guys who hit, even nicer to have more than one, but pitching generally seems to win championships. Having a Milacki or McDowell, or even a Carlos or Falkenberg or Niggeling does more. If you have them all, you will be pretty tough to beat. Additionally, teams often don't have a starting rotation that is designed to win every game. Frequently, I see two stud starters, occasionally three (if they are lower IP guys), and a so so high innings guy to eat up innings, and help with fatigue. That helps provide the funding for those 40k/IP guys.