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LA Angels Playing .600 Ball Since May 17, 2006

Yesterday's win put us at an easy-to-compute 60-40, thereby at least temporarily bolstering my oft-repeated contention that the Jered Weaver/Mike Napoli-era Angels are, at heart, a .600 team. So how long have we been playing .600 ball now? Over our last 563 games, or since the morning of May 17, 2006. Do you know how many of the 30 Major League teams have never finished a season at .600 or higher? Five -- Texas, Milwaukee, Colorado, Florida, and Tampa Bay. As for the rest, here's a list (inspired by this Thread-Comment by poster XYZ123) of the last season each other team has hit the.600 mark:

2008 Cubs
2005 White Sox, Cardinals
2004 Yankees, Red Sox
2003 Braves, Giants
2002 Athletics, Diamondbacks
2001 Mariners
1998 Padres, Astros
1997 Orioles
1996 Indians
1994 Expos
1991 Pirates
1988 Mets
1987 Tigers
1985 Blue Jays
1981 Reds
1977 Dodgers, Royals, Phillies
1970 Twins

So to sum up, we've been playing .600 ball for 3.5 seasons now, a span during which there's been only one other team to finish a season at .600 or higher. And still, incredibly, we are the most consistently underprojected team in the stathead universe, constantly enduring BS columns from L.A. Times sportswriters about how we've failed to "capture the imagination" of Southern California, and forever portrayed as beneficiaries of some kind of gonna-run-out-soon "luck."

There are plenty of reasons to doubt whether we'll win 37 of the next 62 games, but at this point those who bet against it might start pondering whether the burden of proof lies with them, and not us.

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