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Thursday, July 24, 2008

Times The Angels Held The Best Record In MLB

The Angels currently hold the best record in baseball. Other times in their history they have done so with a minimum of 30 games played:

Various dates in 2007, June 14 through July 2, July 13-15, Aug. 31, Sep. 19-20: The result was a division title with a 94-68 finish.

May 7-27, 2004: In part due to some early season sweeps of Oakland and Detroit, this run started with the Angels 20-10 and ended with them 29-18, the team playing 9-8 over that span. Another division title and a first-round-and-done postseason appearance.

Various dates, May 17 through August 20, 1989: An 18-7 May got the Angels out to a roaring first half that eventually petered out as the team played .500 ball in August and 12-16 in September, losing 10 of 17 series down the stretch. The Angels last appeared in first place on August 20 after sweeping Cleveland, but Oakland eventually pulled ahead in the division and stayed there on August 21, going on to win the World Series.

July 20, 1985: In first place most of the first half of the season, the team rode its 14-7 hot start to an MLB best 18 games over .500 with a 54-36 record following a 5-3 victory over the Red Sox at Fenway, with Mike Witt getting the win for the Angels. The Angels lost the division lead on September 6 following a 6-2 loss to Baltimore, regained it on September 19 after John Candelaria pitched a complete game shutout of the Chisox. With the Angels up only a half game over Kansas City, the team had ten games left in the season, all on the road. One of those was a critical four-game set with the Royals, whom they lost a crucial four-game series to. Kansas City went on to win their only World Series title.

Various Dates, May 16 through June 29, July 20, 1982: The second division winner in Angels history, and the first one ever to win more than one postseason game, this team got off to a blazing 15-7 April that included three series sweeps.

June 5, 1979: The Angels' first division title winner, this team got off to a hot start that included a 10-game winning streak, posting four straight winning series against the Twins and A's. They also had a five and six-game winning streak in May; they eventually posted a losing August (11-17), but it was the Halos' first taste of glory.

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