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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
Location
Results
Record95–67 (.586)
Divisional place1st
Other information
Owner(s)Rangers Baseball Express (Ray Davis and Bob R. Simpson)
Manager(s)Jeff Banister
Local televisionFox Sports Southwest
(Steve Busby, Dave Raymond, Tom Grieve)
Local radioKRLD 105.3 FM (English)
(Eric Nadel, Matt Hicks, Dave Raymond, Jared Sandler)
KZMP 1540 AM (Spanish)
(Eleno Orlenas, Jerry Romo)
StatsESPN.com
BB-reference
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Contents

Regular seasonEdit

Season standingsEdit

American League WestEdit

AL West W L Pct. GB Home Road
Texas Rangers 95 67 0.586 53–28 42–39
Seattle Mariners 86 76 0.531 9 44–37 42–39
Houston Astros 84 78 0.519 11 43–38 41–40
Los Angeles Angels 74 88 0.457 21 40–41 34–47
Oakland Athletics 69 93 0.426 26 34–47 35–46


American League Division Leaders and Wild CardEdit

Division Leaders W L Pct.
Texas Rangers 95 67 0.586
Cleveland Indians 94 67 0.584
Boston Red Sox 93 69 0.574


Wild Card teams
(Top 2 qualify for 1-game playoff)
W L Pct. GB
Toronto Blue Jays 89 73 0.549
Baltimore Orioles 89 73 0.549
Detroit Tigers 86 75 0.534
Seattle Mariners 86 76 0.531 3
New York Yankees 84 78 0.519 5
Houston Astros 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
Oakland Athletics 69 93 0.426 20
Tampa Bay Rays 68 94 0.420 21
Minnesota Twins 59 103 0.364 30


Record against opponentsEdit

2016 American League Records

Source: AL Standings Head-to-head
Team BAL BOS CWS CLE DET HOU KC LAA MIN NYY OAK SEA TB TEX TOR NL
Baltimore 8–11 4–3 5–1 5–2 1–6 4–2 4–2 5–1 10–9 3–4 1–6 13–6 3–4 9–10 14–6
Boston 11–8 3–4 4–2 2–5 5–2 2–4 4–3 4–3 11–8 5–1 4–3 12–7 3–3 9–10 14–6
Chicago 3–4 4–3 8–11 7–12 3–3 5–14 2–5 12–7 3–3 5–2 4–3 4–3 4–2 5–1 9–11
Cleveland 1–5 2–4 11–8 14–4 3–4 14–5 6–1 10–9 2–5 4–2 3–4 5–1 2–5 4–3 13–7
Detroit 2–5 5–2 12–7 4–14 4–2 7–12 2–4 15–4 3–3 4–3 4–3 6–1 2–4 3–4 13–7
Houston 6–1 2–5 3–3 4–3 2–4 3–4 13–6 5–2 2–4 13–6 11–8 3–3 4–15 2–5 11–9
Kansas City 2–4 4–2 14–5 5–14 12–7 4–3 1–5 15–4 2–5 1–6 3–4 5–2 1–6 2–4 10–10
Los Angeles 2–4 3–4 5–2 1–6 4–2 6–13 5–1 2–4 1–6 12–7 8–11 3–4 9–10 4–3 9–11
Minnesota 1–5 3–4 7–12 9–10 4–15 2–5 4–15 4–2 2–5 2–4 4–2 3–4 5–2 1–6 8–12
New York 9–10 8–11 3–3 5–2 3–3 4–2 5–2 6–1 5–2 4–3 3–3 11–8 3–4 7–12 8–12
Oakland 4–3 1–5 2–5 2–4 3–4 6–13 6–1 7–12 4–2 3–4 7–12 5–2 9–10 3–3 7–13
Seattle 6–1 3–4 3–4 4–3 3–4 8–11 4–3 11–8 2–4 3–3 12–7 4–2 7–12 3–3 13–7
Tampa Bay 6–13 7–12 3–4 1–5 1–6 3–3 2–5 4–3 4–3 8–11 2–5 2–4 4–2 11–8 10–10
Texas 4–3 3–3 2–4 5–2 4–2 15–4 6–1 10–9 2–5 4–3 10–9 12–7 2–4 3–4 13–7
Toronto 10–9 10–9 1–5 3–4 4–3 5–2 4–2 3–4 6–1 12–7 3–3 3–3 8–11 4–3 13–7


Game LogEdit

2016 Game Log 95–67 (Home: 53–28; Away: 42–39)

Postseason game logEdit

2016 Postseason Game Log: 0–3

RosterEdit

Farm systemEdit

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.[1][2] Bautista, Odor, Steve Buechele, and Josh Donaldson were ejected after the brawl.[3] 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.[3] Odor would serve a seven game suspension for his actions.[4] Toronto manager John Gibbons and Chavez would serve three games suspensions while Bautista and Elvis Andrus served one game suspensions.[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Watch: Blue Jays, Rangers brawl after takeout slide". Sports Illustrated. May 15, 2016.
  2. ^ Joseph, Andrew (May 15, 2016). "Rangers player punches Jose Bautista in the face during huge bench-clearing brawl". USA Today.
  3. ^ a b "Bad blood: Odor socks Bautista to set off brawl". Retrieved September 1, 2016.
  4. ^ "Rougned Odor's suspension reduced to 7 games". Major League Baseball. Retrieved September 1, 2016.
  5. ^ "8 games for Odor, 1 for Bautista among Texas brawl suspensions". Retrieved September 1, 2016.

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