The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have been waiting a long time to be a .500 ball club, and they finally achieved the feat. However, this does not refer to their 2014 regular season record. Instead, the Angels reached an all-time record of .500.
After defeating the Toronto Blue Jays 5-2 on Monday, July 7, the Angeles posted an all-time record of 4,272 wins and 4,272 losses. However, the Angels dropped below the .500 mark following a loss to the Blue Jays on Tuesday. They then proceeded to beat Toronto the next day to reach .500 once again. The Angels defeated Texas today with a final score of 15-6 to bring their record to 4,274-4,273. This is the first time Los Angeles is above .500 since winning their very first game ever played as a club in 1961.
Los Angeles becomes the 13th Major League Baseball club to reach the mark and the first expansion team to do so. The last time the Angels were .500 occurred shortly after their first win. They lost their second game that year making their record 1-1. The Angels then went on to lose another seven games in a row.
This season, the Angels have a 53-37 record. This is the second best record in the MLB behind their division rivals, the Oakland Athletics. After signing Albert Pujols in 2012 and Josh Hamilton a year later in 2013, Los Angeles finally has the wheels turning. With phenom Mike Trout in the lineup alongside Pujols and Hamilton, the Angels are dangerous on offense. Los Angeles scores 4.94 runs per game, the second most in the MLB.
Although having a .500 record all-time is quite an accomplishment, the Angels still have another half-season left. If Los Angeles wishes to stay above .500, they must keep the ball rolling after the All-Star break ends.