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When was the last time...

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....an Angels team that fell 11 games back this early in the season (they did it on May 15th) went on to finish above .500?



Answer: NEVER.



The 2002 Angels fell 10.5 behind on April 23 and won the World Series. I'm calling that an outlier and not really applicable to the 2013 team, which has shown itself far less capable of such a stunning comeback. The 2002 team went 21-3 right after that horrible start.


The next closest was in 1964, when the team fell 11.5 games back on May 30th and finished 82-80.



Some other similar years:


1967:  fell 10.5 games back on May 29th and finished the season 84-77


1976:  11 games back on May 15th (same as this year) and finished 76-86.


1990:  11 GB on  May 10th and finished 80-82, 23 games behind first.


2001:  11 GB on May 12th, finished 75-87, 41 games behind Seattle.

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