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 Posted: Fri Sep 29th, 2017 01:13 am
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With Thursday's victory over the Minnesota Twins, the Cleveland Indians have broken the century mark in wins for only the third time in franchise history, and the first time in 21 years.

The Indians also surpassed the 100-win threshold in 1995 and 1954 - going on to lose the World Series in both years.

They join the Los Angeles Dodgers as the only teams to reach the triple-digit plateau this season. However, if the Houston Astros can pull out two more victories in their final four games, 2017 will become the first season since 2003 with three clubs to make it to 100 wins - and just the sixth such season in MLB history.

Sealing the 100th victory, Carlos Carrasco pitched 8 1/3 innings of shutout baseball before turning it over to the bullpen for the 5-2 win.

The Indians still have a three-game set against the Chicago White Sox in the final regular-season series. While the 2017 version of the Indians can't catch the 111 wins by the 1954 team, this year's team can surpass the 1995 club with one more victory.

Perhaps more amazing than actually achieving 100 wins is the fact that Cleveland has underperformed, according to Baseball Prospectus' Third-Order Win Percentage. Instead of the .629 win percentage the team actually boasts, the Indians should be closer to .671 and, subsequently, much closer to 107 wins.

With home-field advantage clinched through the ALDS, the Indians will carry home-field advantage through the ALCS with any combination of two wins or Astros losses.