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MLB 100-game mark: Which teams will finish the season with 100 wins or 100 losses?

The high-water mark in any MLB season is the 100-game mark. Win that many and you are in with the cream of the crop. But teams lose that many as well.

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The high-water mark in any MLB season is the 100-game mark. Win that many and you are in with the cream of the crop. But teams lose that many as well.
Tommy GilliganUSA TODAY Sports

Historically, baseball’s high-water mark has been the 100-game-win season. Teams who have accomplished it have gone to the Series in nearly two-thirds of the cases.

In the last 127 years of record keeping, ignoring of course the strike- and covid-shortened seasons of 1981, 1994, and 2020, there have been 114 teams who have finished with three digits in the win column.

That may seem like a ton, it breaks down to less than one a season, and when you factor in seasons when two or more teams have accomplished the feat, then it becomes a slightly higher bar to hit.

There are of course teams who have done this multiple times, with the Yankees topping that list with 21 different 100-plus win seasons. Somewhat incongruously, the Oakland A’s, those perennial bridesmaids, come second in this category, having won over 100 games ten times in their history.

While it is generally seen as the top level that a professional ball club can play at, winning over 100 games doesn’t always guarantee you the top spot in the division. This season’s examples are the Mets and Braves, both of whom are almost assured of breaking that threshold, but one of the two must finish in second place. Historically, there have been eight occasions where a team finished with over 100 wins and still did not qualify for the playoffs. Harsh medicine indeed.

The most teams who have ever finished above 100 games in a single season has been three, a feat accomplished nine times since 1894. This season, unless things go spectacularly wrong, will see that record tied, and quite possibly broken, with the Dodgers and Astros already above 100 and the Mets and Braves needing three and four wins respectively to hit it.

With eight games left to play, here are the teams who are either above 100 wins, or have a shot at making the threshold in the regular season.

100 Games Won

TEAMWINSLOSSES
Los Angeles Dodgers 106 47
Houston Astros 101 53
New York Mets 97 57
Atlanta Braves 96 58
New York Yankees 94 59

The St. Louis Cardinals have a chance to finish just below the target at 97 wins, if they can win all of their remaining games, which would make them the closest to 100 among any of the also-rans.

On the flip side of that coin, there are teams who have had a rotten season. Glad to see the back of 2022, some teams have not only not made the playoffs, but have been whipping boys for the rest of the league. Teams who have either lost 100 games or stand a mathematical chance of breaking this ignominious threshold are at the bottom of every division.

100 Games Lost

TEAMWINSLOSSES
Washington Nationals53100
Oakland Athletics 5697
Pittsburgh Pirates 57 97
Cincinnati Reds6094
Detroit Tigers 60 92

The Kansas City Royals are currently at 63-90, and if they were to drop every single remaining game, could finish at 63-98, making them the closest team to the inverted century of the remaining clubs.

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