ANAHEIM — Entering Saturday nights online game against Houston, the Angels required just eight more victories to reach the 100-win plateau, a mark no team has achieved since 2011.
With 15 activities remaining, including five contrary to the Astros and Rangers, and driving a nine-game winning streak, it appears to be likely the Angels will achieve the 100-win mark for the second time in franchise history (they also made it happen in 2008).
But how good an indicator has a 100-win regular year been for the postseason?
Since 1962, if the schedule expanded to 162 activities, 52 teams have notched triple-digit is the winner with more than half (27) advancing to the World Series, but only 14 of those clubs have won the championship.
Since 1986, however, only two teams with 100-plus wins have won it all, most recently the 2009 Yankees.
Its a number, its always a nice milestone but I think you can find things more important than just having a milestone like that, Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. You cant allow that to get in the way of first, clinching the division, secondly, obtaining your guys ready and make sure they are not stretched here at the end of the growing season, which if you have your eye over a number like that, you might have a propensity to do.
In 2008, one year before Angels last playoff appearance, the team went 100-62 but was bounced in four games through the Red Sox. That team was one of 10 clubs to be eliminated in the division line after winning 100-plus games.
Los Angeles gained 97 games the next season but eclipsed the 90-win level this season for the first time since.
I assume there are some goals that carry precedent over a simple number of 100 wins that you have to be in hint with, Scioscia said.