HOW DID ALL-TIME GREAT TEAMS DO WHEN PLAYING AGAINST GOOD TEAMS?

Who is the greatest team ever? How did the best teams do against other good teams and in different series (set of games against a team at a time)? WP = Winning Percentage.

1927 NEW YORK YANKEES

Regular Season W-L

110-44 (.714 WP)

Pythagorean W-L

109-45 (.708 WP)

W-L VS Teams Over .500

42-24 (season only/.636 WP), 46-24 (with playoffs/.657 WP)

1939 NEW YORK YANKEES

Regular Season W-L-D

106-45-1 (.697 WP)

Pythagorean W-L

111-40 (.735 WP)

W-L VS Teams Over .500

53-32 (season only/.624 WP), 57-32 (with playoffs/.640 WP)

1998 NEW YORK YANKEES

Regular Season W-L

114-48 (.704 WP)

Pythagorean W-L

108-54 (.667 WP)

W-L VS Teams Over .500

33-21 (season only/.611 WP), 44-23 (with playoffs/.657 WP)

2018 BOSTON RED SOX

Regular Season W-L

108-54 (.667 WP)

Pythagorean W-L

103-59 (.636 WP)

W-L VS Teams Over .500*

56-37 (regular season only/.602 WP), 67-40 (with playoffs/.626 WP)

*I excluded the Pittsburgh Pirates due to them being barely above .500 and their Pythagorean record being below.

1905 NEW YORK GIANTS

Regular Season W-L-D

105-48-2 (.677 WP)

Pythagorean W-L

105-48 (.686 WP)

W-L-D VS Teams Over .500

54-33-2 (regular season only/.607 WP), 58-34-2 (with playoffs/.617 WP)

1906 CHICAGO CUBS

Regular Season W-L-D

116-36-3 (.748 WP)

Pythagorean W-L

115-37 (.742 WP)

W-L-D VS Teams Over .500

30-12-1 (regular season only/.698 WP), 32-16-1 (including playoffs/.653 WP)

1942 ST. LOUIS CARDINALS

Regular Season W-L-D

106-48-2 (.679 WP)

Pythagorean W-L

107-47 (.695 WP)

W-L-D VS Teams Over .500

28-16 (regular season only/.636 WP), 32-17 (with playoffs/.653 WP)

1975 CINCINNATI REDS

Regular Season W-L

108-54 (.667 WP)

Pythagorean W-L

107-55 (.660 WP)

W-L VS Teams Over .500*

29-25 (regular season only/.537 WP), 36-28 (with playoffs/.563 WP)

*. I omitted the St. Louis Cardinals because they were barely above .500 and should not have been at all based on their Pythagorean record.

2001 SEATTLE MARINERS

Regular Season W-L

116-46. (.716 WP)

Pythagorean W-L

109-53. (.673 WP)

W-L VS Teams Over .500

45-23 (regular season only/.662 WP), 49-29 (with playoffs/.628 WP)

*I excluded the Chicago White Sox and the New York Mets who were barely above and should’ve been below based on their Pythagorean record.

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