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Making a Run in the Final 81

Recent teams that have turned it around over the last half of a season.

Making a Run in the Final 81

The 2010 Giants won the World Series after winning 51 of their last 81 games. (Tony Gutierrez/AP)
The 2010 Giants won the World Series after winning 51 of their last 81 games. (Tony Gutierrez/AP)

In his Tuesday column, Rich Hofmann points out — among other things — that there are a handful of recent major league teams that had less than great records through its first 81 games and rebounded to win 50 or more games over its last 81 games.

Those teams:

 Year    Team  1st 81     2nd 81   Postseason
 2010  Giants  41-40  51-30  Won World Series
 2007  Yankees    40-41  54-27  Lost in ALDS
 2007  Rockies  39-42  51-31  Lost World Series
 2006  Angels  37-44  52-29  Did not qualify
 2005  Astros  39-42  50-31  Lost World Series 
 2004  Braves  40-41  56-25  Lost in NLDS 
 2003  Marlins  40-41  51-30  Won World Series
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