The 2016 Chicago Cubs have fallen off their historic pace, but they are likely to rebound and climb up SI.com's Power Rankings of the winningest teams ever, which this week has a new leader: the 1998 New York Yankees.
With the Cubs on pace for a historically significant number of wins this season, we are tracking their progress against 10 of the winningest teams in major league history. This week’s check in comes at the 78-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.