Lol rays, I don't think the Sawx have the pitching, I'll believe that Toronto "has it" when I see it. The Oreos have taken a step back, but
The AL West and Central appear to be too strong not to have two 88+ win teams.
If the front office is realistic enough to see that they likely cannot turn this team into a 95+ win team given the percentage of the roster and payroll
Other than the strike shortened season of 1995 you are right, no 85 win team has made the wild card.
88-95 wins has done it.
Volquez signed with the Royals for 2 years 20 million. Another low cost option missed by Cashman.
Actually, they won 88 games while the Royals won 89 games.