Posted on Tuesday, February 14, 2017
BY JERRY TAPP
With pitchers and catchers reporting this week, the start of baseball in 2017 is upon us. Here's just a small taste of some baseball analytics to get you ready for the upcoming season.
Two interesting elements of the Chicago Cubs success last season was their dominance at home (57-24) and a 15-5 record in interleague play. Let's, however, focus on their winning ways at Wrigley Field.
The Cubs last year became the 36th team in MLB history to win 57 or more games at home in a season. They were the first team to reach 57 wins at home since the 2011 Milwaukee Brewers won 57 games at Miller Park that season.
Of the 36 teams that have reached 57 or more wins at home in a season, 23 went on to play in the World Series that year with 12 winning the championship (the Cubs became the 12th team to do so.) That means that 13 of the 36 did not reach the World Series in the season they won 57 or more games at home. The aforementioned 2011 Brewers were the last team to fail to reach the World Series in a season where they won 57 or more games at home.
Here's a look at the 12 teams to win the World Series in the same year they won 57+ games at home.
Year, Team, Home Wins in that title season
2016 -- Chicago Cubs, 57
2009 -- New York Yankees, 57
1998 -- New York Yankees, 62
1975 -- Cincinnati Reds, 64
1970 -- Baltimore Orioles, 59
1961 -- New York Yankees, 65
1942 -- St. Louis Cardinals, 60
1937 -- New York Yankees, 57
1932 -- New York Yankees, 62
1930 -- Philadelphia A's, 58
1929 -- Philadelphia A's, 57
1927 -- New York Yankees, 57
The 1961 Yanks top the list with most wins at home in a season, 65. The '75 Big Red Machine is next with 64 wins at home. Ten of the 12 teams that won 60 or more games at home in a season eventually made it to the World Series that year with only five winning that crown that year (1932 Yankees, 1942 Cardinals, 1961 Yankees, 1975 Reds and the 1998 Yankees).