Well, the date is now August 17th. Our record is 70-49 (.588). We lead the American League West by 3½ games over the Seattle Mariners. I decided to go back and look at where the Angels teams in the last decade stood at this point in the season, after the games were played on August 16th and going into August 17th. So, here goes . . .
2006: 62-59 (.512), 2nd in AL West, 6.5 GB
2005: 69-50 (.580), 1st in AL West, 2.0 GA
2004: 65-53 (.551), 3rd in AL West, 1.0 GB
2003: 59-64 (.480), 3rd in AL West, 15.0 GB
2002: 73-48 (.603), 2nd in AL West, 0.5 GB
2001: 64-57 (.529), 3rd in AL West, 23.0 GB
2000: 62-58 (.517), 3rd in AL West, 6.5 GB
1999: 48-69 (.410), 4th in AL West, 21.0 GB
1998: 66-57 (.537), 1st in AL West, 0.5 GA
1997: 68-54 (.557), 2nd in AL West, 0.5 GB
1996: 56-65 (.463), 4th in AL West, 13.5 GB
1995: 64-39 (.621), 1st in AL West, 10.5 GA
1994: 51-63 (.447), 4th in AL West, 5.5 GB
1993: 54-63 (.462), 5th in AL West, 10.0 GB
1992: 53-66 (.445), 6th in AL West, 19.5 GB
1991: 56-59 (.487), 7th in AL West, 12.0 GB
1990: 58-60 (.492), 5th in AL West, 17.0 GB
The 1994 season was strike shortened and the season ended on August 11th of that year.
From 1990 to 1993, the AL West was comprised of seven teams -- Angels, Athletics, Twins, Mariners, Rangers, Royals, and White Sox.
This is the third best record that the Angels have had on this date since 1990, in terms of winning percentage. It's the second best record that they have had on this date since 1990, in terms of wins. It's the second largest lead that the Angels have had at this point in the season since 1990, outside of their demolishing of the American League West in 1995. This is the fourth time that they've been leading the AL West at this point in the season, so that's not too bad when you really think about it. Our worst record at this juncture took place in 1998, when we were 48-69 (.410) at this point in the season. Our most games back at this time of the season occured back in 2001, where we were 23.0 games back of the untouchable and unbeatable Seattle Mariners. We're definitely ahead of last year's pace, that's for sure. And we're one game ahead of our 2005 pace. So, even with the offense sputtering at times this season, let's be thankful that we're this good at this juncture of the season.