Like many Yankee fans, I followed the playoffs ensuing the Yankees departure with frustration as teams clearly inferior to the Bombers played on and in the case of the Cardinals eventually won it all.
As I've diaried previously however, this is not an unfamiliar feeling. The 2002 Angels are the only recent WS champ that I thought was clearly superior to that year's Yankee team (the 04 and 05 Sox of varying colors were on a par with the Yanks).
While explanation after explanation is offered, I keep coming back to the role of luck in baseball. If the Yankees and Tigers played 45 games, the Yanks would win a majority most of the time. However if they play 5, then the Yankees would win only slightly more than 50% of the time.
Here is what I'm not sure about however: The same is not true in pro basketball or football (I don't follow hockey). There, it seems the better team wins an individual game far more often than in baseball, and in the case of the NBA, a 5 or 7 game series almost all the time.
What is different about baseball?