Lip, the 2000 Sox lost to Seattle because they could not hit in the ALDS. They pitched fine in that series. I am not saying it would have held up, but in that series the pitching was adequate while the hitting was atrocious.
In 2001, KW got one of the best starters available in trade (Wells), but he got hurt. Their best hitter also missed most of the year. I don't know how much more could have been done then.
The universe is the practical joke of the General at the expense of the Particular, quoth Frater Perdurabo, and laughed. The disciples nearest him wept, seeing the Universal Sorrow. Others laughed, seeing the Universal Joke. Others wept. Others laughed. Others wept because they couldn't see the Joke, and others laughed lest they should be thought not to see the Joke. But though FRATER laughed openly, he wept secretly; and really he neither laughed nor wept. Nor did he mean what he said.