The 2001 Mariners remain atop the SI.com power rankings of the winningest teams in baseball history, while the 2016 Cubs also hold their previous spot. However, there is plenty of movement elsewhere, including from the 1998, '27 and '61 Yankees.
All stats and records through Thursday’s MLB games
With the Cubs on pace for a historically significant number of wins this season, we have decided to track their progress against 10 of the winningest teams in major league history. This week’s check in comes at the 71-game mark (excluding ties). Seven games have been played by each team since last week’s initial standings. As a reminder, here are the 10 teams and where they finished their respective seasons:
|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.