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CHICAGO -- The first half of the Angels' season came and went in the middle of Tuesday's doubleheader from U.S. Cellular Field, and though the baseball season leaves little time for reflection or introspection, the Angels can take some pride in being on the right track.

Their 46 wins through their first 81 games were the most they've had since doing the same in 2009, the last year they made the playoffs. Their run-differential through the halfway point, plus-51, was higher than in any of the previous four years in which they were devoid of meaningful October baseball.

Below is a look at how the Angels' numbers through 81 games in 2014 compared to those of the previous four seasons.

Record: 46-35
Run-differential: Plus-51
OPS: .748
Runs: 394
Homers: 88
Starters' ERA: 3.69
Reliever WHIP: 1.35
Errors: 42

Record: 38-43
Run-differential: Minus-1
OPS: .751
Runs: 379
Homers: 85
Starters' ERA: 4.45
Reliever WHIP: 1.30
Errors: 52

Record: 45-36
Run-differential: Plus-47
OPS: .744
Runs: 355
Homers: 88
Starters' ERA: 3.68
Reliever WHIP: 1.30
Errors: 53

Record: 41-40
Run-differential: Minus-2
OPS: .710
Runs: 312
Homers: 63
Starters' ERA: 3.43
Reliever WHIP: 1.37
Errors: 44

Record: 45-36
Run-differential: Minus-3
OPS: .732
Runs: 384
Homers: 82
Starters' ERA: 4.26
Reliever WHIP: 1.92
Errors: 56

Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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