Cubs Dominance A Rare Thing for World Series Winners

By RivalrySports
Nov. 04, 2016

Now that the 2016 MLB season is behind us, let us take a deeper look at what the Cubs winning the World Series means. After snapping a 108-year drought of not winning a World Series, any other streak or semblance of rarity pales in comparison. However, ending that historic streak of futility wasn't the only rare thing the Cubs accomplished with their Game 7 win over the Cleveland Indians.

Lets start with the obvious rarities. The Cubs were just the 6th team to rally from a 3-1 deficit in a best-of-7 World Series. They were just the 7th team in World Series history to win Games 6-7 on road. 

Moving on to the not so obvious rarities, we see that the Cubs finished with the best record in baseball, winning 103 games. They were the 94th team since World Series play began to win 100 games. 35 of those 94 teams have gone on to win the World Series.

The Cubs were the 23rd team to win 100 games since the inception of the Wild Card in 1994, but just the 3rd team to win the World Series, joining the 1998 and 2009 Yankees. They were the 45th team since World Series play began to win 103 or more games and just the 27th to do so since World War II. They become just the 9th of those 27 teams to win the World Series.

The Cubs feat become even more rare when comparing them to other National League teams that won 100 games. Entering this season, 18 National League teams won 100 or more games since the Big Red Machine won back-to-back World Series titles in 1975 and 1976 (winning 100 games in each season). The Cubs joined the 1986 Mets as the only one of those teams to win the World Series. 

National League Teams - Won Division or League 17.5 Games

            Won League or Division By

Postseason Result

2016 Cubs

                  17.5 Games

Won World Series

2002 Braves

                  19 Games

L, NLDS

1998 Braves

                  18 Games

L, NLCS

1986 Mets

                  21.5 Games

Won World Series

1975 Reds

                  20 Games

Won World Series

1943 Cardinals

                  18 Games

L, World Series

1906 Cubs

                  20 Games

L, World Series

Since World War II, the Cubs became the 10th National League team to win 103 or more games. They joined the 1986 Mets and 1975 Reds as the only ones to win the World Series. Lastly, the Cubs were just the 7th National League team to win their division or league by 17.5 games since World Series play began in 1903. They joined the same 1986 Mets and 1975 Reds as the only ones to win the World Series. 

Looking at all those numbers, and how rare it historically had become for a dominant National League team to win, Nhelps make the Cubs historic achievement that much more impressive.

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