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How often has the team with MLB's best record gone on to win the World Series?

The Red Sox enter the final weekend at 107-52 -- not just the best record in the Majors this season, but on pace for one of the best records ever. Their right fielder may well win AL MVP. Their designated hitter nearly won the Triple Crown. By just about every measure, they've been the team of 2018 ... up to now.

Now, however, looms October, where success is defined and legends are made. And for as dominant as Boston has been this season, the last few decades tell us that it might not mean all that much. Since the advent of divisions -- and the League Championship Series -- in 1969, just 12 teams have had the best regular-season record in the Majors and gone on to win the World Series.

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If Boston does manage to go the distance, it'll join some awesome company. The best regular-season teams that won it all are a who's who of MLB history: the 1998 Yankees finished 114-48, while the '86 Mets and '75 Big Red Machine went 108-54. And if New England needs a little confidence boost -- you know, beyond just watching Chris Sale's slider on repeat -- they don't have to look far. Two of the 12 teams on the list? The 2007 and 2013 Red Sox.