2016 Texas Rangers season
The 2016 Texas Rangers season was the Rangers' 56th season of the franchise and the 45th since the team relocated to Arlington, Texas. The Rangers won the American League (AL) West championship for the second straight season, with the best record in the AL. However, for the second straight year, they lost to the Toronto Blue Jays in the Division Series, this time in three games. The Rangers set an MLB record by going 36–11 in one-run games. Because of this stat as well as the team winning 95 games instead of their projected 80 wins, baseball pundits viewed the Rangers as a "lucky" team.
|2016 Texas Rangers|
|American League West Champions|
|Major League affiliations|
|Owner(s)||Rangers Baseball Express (Ray Davis and Bob R. Simpson)|
|Local television||Fox Sports Southwest|
(Steve Busby, Dave Raymond, Tom Grieve)
|Local radio||KRLD 105.3 FM (English)|
(Eric Nadel, Matt Hicks, Dave Raymond, Jared Sandler)
KZMP 1540 AM (Spanish)
(Eleno Orlenas, Jerry Romo)
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American League WestEdit
|Los Angeles Angels||74||88||0.457||21||40–41||34–47|
American League Division Leaders and Wild CardEdit
|Boston Red Sox||93||69||0.574|
Wild Card teams|
(Top 2 qualify for 1-game playoff)
|Toronto Blue Jays||89||73||0.549||—|
|New York Yankees||84||78||0.519||5|
|Kansas City Royals||81||81||0.500||8|
|Chicago White Sox||78||84||0.481||11|
|Los Angeles Angels||74||88||0.457||15|
|Tampa Bay Rays||68||94||0.420||21|
Record against opponentsEdit
2016 American League Records
Source: AL Standings Head-to-head
|2016 Game Log 95–67 (Home: 53–28; Away: 42–39)|
April: 14–10 (Home: 10–4; Away: 4–6)
May: 17–11 (Home: 8–5; Away: 9–6)
June: 20–8 (Home: 10–3; Away: 10–5)
July: 11–15 (Home: 6–5; Away: 5–10)
August: 18–10 (Home: 11–4; Away: 7–6)
September: 15–11 (Home: 8–5; Away: 7–6)
Postseason game logEdit
|2016 Postseason Game Log: 0–3|
|2016 Texas Rangers|
LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: High Desert
Blue Jays–Rangers brawlEdit
During the May 15, 2016, game against the Toronto Blue Jays, there were two benches-clearing incidents. Following a contentious meeting in the ALDS the previous season, many people thought the Rangers would target Jose Bautista for his controversial bat flip in the ALDS. However, the first six games of the season between the clubs were played without incident. Finally, in the last regular season game between the clubs, Rangers reliever Matt Bush hit Bautista in the ribs with a fastball. On the ensuing play, Bautista slid hard into Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor. Odor, taking exception, pushed Bautista, then proceeded to punch Bautista squarely in the face. This fight caused both benches and bullpens to clear. Bautista, Odor, Steve Buechele, and Josh Donaldson were ejected after the brawl. Later in the game, Blue Jays pitcher Jesse Chavez hit Prince Fielder with a pitch causing the benches to clear again, although this time no punches were thrown. Chavez and DeMarlo Hale were ejected following this incident. Odor would serve a seven game suspension for his actions. Toronto manager John Gibbons and Chavez would serve three games suspensions while Bautista and Elvis Andrus served one game suspensions.
- "Watch: Blue Jays, Rangers brawl after takeout slide". Sports Illustrated. May 15, 2016.
- Joseph, Andrew (May 15, 2016). "Rangers player punches Jose Bautista in the face during huge bench-clearing brawl". USA Today.
- "Bad blood: Odor socks Bautista to set off brawl". Retrieved September 1, 2016.
- "Rougned Odor's suspension reduced to 7 games". Major League Baseball. Retrieved September 1, 2016.
- "8 games for Odor, 1 for Bautista among Texas brawl suspensions". Retrieved September 1, 2016.