2012 AL West Odds at Allpro. Since the Wild Card started in 1995 and the three division alignment was adopted per league, the American League West has been one of the most hard fought in baseball. All four teams have won the division at least three times, with no team winning the title more than five times. The Seattle Mariners won the title in 1995, 1997 and 2001; the Texas Rangers have won four division titles in 1996, 1998, 1999 and 2010; the Oakland Athletics also have four division titles in 2000, 2001, 2003 and 2006; the Los Angeles Angles of Anaheim, formally the California/ Anaheim Angels have five division crowns winning in 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008 and 2009. In addition, the Angels, Rangers and Mariners all have one Wild Card appearance as members of the division.
For all the tight races in the regular season, the division has only one World Series title to show for itself since the Wild Card: the 2002 Anaheim Angels. After defeating New York and Minnesota in the ALDS and ALCS respectively, the Angels scored a come from behind series win against the San Francisco Giants 4-3. It marked the first time that the Angels had not only won the World Series, but also had won any playoff series in a season. Only one other AL West team has even made the World Series since the Wild Card: the Texas Rangers, who lost to the San Francisco Giants in the 2010 Series.
In fact, the AL West History has been fairly bleak in the playoffs since the Wild Card. Only seven teams have won playoff series: the 2000 and 2001 Mariners; the 2002, 2005 and 2009 Angels; the 2006 Athletics and the 2010 Rangers. The 2001 Mariners set the record for the most regular season win's with a 116-46 mark, though they were dispatched by the eventual World Series Champion New York Yankees in the American League Championship Series 4-1.
Of the four teams in the division, only two have won World Series titles. As mentioned above, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim won their one and only title in 2002, while the Oakland Athletics have won World Series' as part of the old AL West in 1972, 1973, 1974 and 1989.
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