The Cubs are on pace to become just the fifth team to top 110 wins in a season, but how do they rank against some of the best MLB teams ever?
All stats and records through Thursday’s MLB games
The Cubs will enter this weekend’s series against the Pirates with a 44–20 record and are currently on pace to win 111 games, a total reached by just four other teams in major league history. With the season nearly 40% over, we thought it was time to start tracking Chicago’s pursuit of a historically significant win total.
Our method for doing so will be a new set of power rankings, measuring the progress of this year’s Cubs against that of the 10 winningest teams in major league history. Eleven teams have won 108 or more games in a single major league season. Two of them were the 1969 and ‘70 Orioles, two teams with nearly identical rosters; the former won 109 games and the latter won 108. For the sake of expediency, we’ve dropped the ’70 Orioles from the list to give us an even 10, a list that looks like this:
|1906 Cubs||116–36||.763||Lost World Series|
|2001 Mariners||116–46||.716||Lost ALCS|
|1998 Yankees||114–48||.704||Won World Series|
|1954 Indians||111–43||.721||Lost World Series|
|1909 Pirates||110–42||.724||Won World Series|
|1927 Yankees||110–44||.714||Won World Series|
|1961 Yankees||109–53||.673||Won World Series|
|1969 Orioles||109–53||.673||Lost World Series|
|1975 Reds||108–54||.667||Won World Series|
|1986 Mets||108–54||.667||Won World Series|
NOTE: Postseason results were not a factor in the selection or ranking of the teams. For the first week’s edition, we are ranking the teams strictly by their actual records after 64 games, not counting ties, to give a snapshot of what the first two months of the season were like. Future editions will be more subjective..