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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