Cleveland Indians World Series Runs: The Regular Season
For a team to enter the postseason they obviously have to perform well during the regular season and for the 1995, 1997 and 2016 teams, they were able to do just that. Among the three, there is one season that clearly sticks out as the better regular season campaign.
Over the history of the current edition of Cleveland baseball, dating back to the 1901 Cleveland Blues, there have been only three teams that have won 100 games or more. The 1954 team won the most with 111 wins in 156 games before falling short in the World Series. The 2017 team tallied 102 wins over 162 games, losing in the divisional round of the playoffs. The other is the 1995 team that was able to capture 100 wins in just 144 games for a record of 100-44.
In terms of winning percentage, the mark of .694 is the second best season in club history behind only the 1954 squad that posted a .721 winning percentage. However, of the three teams that have won 100 games or more, the 1995 team played the fewest total games over the course of the season.
That isn’t to say that the 1997 and 2016 regular seasons were poor, but the 1995 season was an impressive campaign. The Tribe won the division in each of the three seasons and were just six wins shy of 100 in 2016, but in terms of the best regular season campaign the advantage clearly goes to the 1995 team, not only among these three teams, but possibly over the history of the club.