History says Angels unlikely to catch Texas

May, 2, 2012
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The Texas Rangers finished April with a nine-game lead over the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. So what does that mean after just the first month of the season?

Well, only two teams have managed to make up that ground and win the division after being that far behind when April ended. A look (thanks to Elias Sports Bureau):

1987 Detroit Tigers: 10 games back
2006 Minnesota Twins: 9 games back
2003 Minnesota Twins: 8 games back

It's certainly not impossible. And with the additional wild card team, the Angels could make the postseason. But history suggests the odds are long on winning the division for LAA.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Colby Lewis
WINS ERA SO IP
10 5.18 133 170
OTHER LEADERS
BAA. Beltre .324
HRA. Beltre 19
RBIA. Beltre 77
RA. Beltre 79
OPSA. Beltre .879
ERAC. Lewis 5.18
SOY. Darvish 182