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?

By Cliff Corcoran
June 16, 2016

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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:

Team Record PCT Result
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..


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