Wednesday night, the Boston Red Sox became the first team to reach 100 wins after defeating the Toronto Blue Jays 1-0. As our Shaun Ranft wrote earlier today, the Red Sox are the fastest team since the 2001 Seattle Mariners to reach the century mark — needing 148 games to do so.
With every W @ac13alex posts a photo on his office wall.
Here we are 100 wins later with these 100 photos! pic.twitter.com/cjSkEaq14q
— Boston Red Sox (@RedSox) September 13, 2018
Winning 100-plus games is no easy task to accomplish. After all, it’s a grueling MLB season where off days become scarce and injuries hinder a team’s momentum. But there has never been four teams to exceed over 100 wins in the same season. Additionally, there has never been two 100-win teams in the same league.
The New York Yankees have a chance to make history this season by joining the Red Sox with 100 wins. But with 16 games remaining, the Yankees would have to win 10 of their next 16 to do so. Currently, the Yankees sit at 90-56 and are losers of two straight.
With time dwindling down, we’re gearing up for a frantic final push into October — when the playoffs begin and we await the winner of the World Series. But how have 100-win teams fared in the postseason, you ask? Well, let’s take a look!
If you’re a historical buff, then we’d have to travel back in time all the way to 1892 when baseball was still in its infancy. That year, the Boston Beaneaters was MLB’s first 100-win team. And, the first 100-win team to win the then called “World’s Championship Series.” Interestingly enough, the World’s Championship Series was played between the top two teams from the National League as the American League had not been formed yet.
100-win clubs would continue to have success before moving to the tradition we know today as the World Series. From 1894 to 1904, the Boston Beaneaters, Brooklyn Superbas, Pittsburgh Pirates and New York Giants all won championships having surpassed the century mark.
During the 2001 season, the Mariners set the record for most wins for a 162-game season with 116. Baseball has seen a number of max games played over the years, with the Chicago Cubs setting the record with 116 wins during the 1906 season when 152 games were played. The Pirates won 103 games during the 1902 season of 139 games. The Detroit Wolverines won 87 games during the 1886 season of 123 games.
If we look at the 2000 MLB season as the benchmark, we find that 20 teams — with Boston’s fate yet undetermined — have had 100-win seasons during that time span.
- 2001 Seattle Mariners (116-46) & Oakland Athletics (102-60).
- 2002 New York Yankees (103-58), Oakland Athletics (103-59) & Atlanta Braves (101-59).
- 2003 New York Yankees (101-61), Atlanta Braves (101-61) & San Francisco Giants (100-61).
- 2004 St. Louis Cardinals (105-57) & New York Yankees (101-61).
- 2005 St. Louis Cardinals (100-62).
- 2008 Los Angeles Angels (100-62).
- 2009 New York Yankees (103-59).
- 2011 Philadelphia Phillies (102-60).
- 2015 St. Louis Cardinals (100-62).
- 2016 Chicago Cubs (103-58).
- 2017 Los Angeles Dodgers (104-58), Cleveland Indians (102-60) & Houston Astros (101-61).
- 2018 Boston Red Sox (100-46).*
Winning 100 games is great and all, of course. But not all teams are created equal. Of the 20 teams, only three — 15 percent — went on to win the World Series. Conversely, removing the three winners and dropping the total to 17, only three of those teams made it as far as the Championship Series, and three made it to the World Series.
- 2001 Seattle Mariners (116-46): lost ALCS; Oakland Athletics (102-60): lost ALDS.
- 2002 New York Yankees (103-58): lost ALDS; Oakland Athletics (103-59): lost ALDS; Atlanta Braves (101-59): lost NLDS.
- 2003 New York Yankees (101-61): lost World Series; Atlanta Braves (101-61): lost NLDS; San Francisco Giants (100-61): lost NLDS.
- 2004 St. Louis Cardinals (105-57): lost World Series; New York Yankees (101-61): lost ALCS.
- 2005 St. Louis Cardinals (100-62): lost NLCS.
- 2008 Los Angeles Angels (100-62): lost ALDS.
- 2009 New York Yankees (103-59): 2009 won World Series.
- 2011 Philadelphia Phillies (102-60): lost NLDS.
- 2015 St. Louis Cardinals (100-62): lost NLDS.
- 2016 Chicago Cubs (103-58): won World Series.
- 2017 Los Angeles Dodgers (104-58): lost World Series; Cleveland Indians (102-60): lost ALDS; Houston Astros (101-61): won World Series.
- 2018 Boston Red Sox (100-46): TBD.*
Meanwhile, the Red Sox would face off against the winner of the wild card contest if the playoffs started today. As it stands, it’d be between the Yankees and Athletics.. History is both for and against Boston for winning the World Series in 2018. Four of the last 100-win teams have all appeared in the World Series…
But will this be Boston’s year?