The Angels won the Bud Selig West for the first time in 2011, but they had to sweat out the World Series between two other Bud Selig West teams, the St. Louis Cardinals and the Texas Rangers. The Angels prevailed, in the end, by two percentage points.
By BILL PETERSON
Big Leagues in Los Angeles
The 2011 World Series played a huge role in determining who would win the Bud Selig West. But the team that prevailed was the team that wasn't in the World Series.
The Angels took the title by two percentage points over the St. Louis Cardinals, .556 to .554.
Entering the World Series, the Angels and Texas Rangers were in a flat-footed tie on top, both at 35-28. The Cardinals, at 32-26, were one-half game down.
By winning the World Series over the Rangers in seven games, the Cardinals moved into a tie with the Angels in the games column, but the percentage points went with the Angels. If the Cardinals had won the World Series in six games or fewer, they would have won the Bud Selig West. If the Rangers had won the World Series in any event, they would have won the Bud Selig West.
As it happened, the World Series broke the one and only way it could have for the Angels to prevail.