2016 Texas Rangers season

2016 Texas Rangers
American League West Champions
Major League affiliations
Record 95–67 (.586)
Divisional place 1st
Other information
Owner(s) Rangers Baseball Express (Ray Davis and Bob R. Simpson)
Manager(s) Jeff Banister
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)
Stats ESPN.com
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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.

Regular season

Season standings

American League West

American League West W L Pct. GB Home Road
Texas Rangers 9567 0.586 53–28 42–39
Seattle Mariners 8676 0.531 9 44–37 42–39
Houston Astros 8478 0.519 11 43–38 41–40
Los Angeles Angels 7488 0.457 21 40–41 34–47
Oakland Athletics 6993 0.426 26 34–47 35–46

American League Division Leaders and Wild Card

Division Leaders W L Pct.
Texas Rangers 9567 0.586
Cleveland Indians 9467 0.584
Boston Red Sox 9369 0.574
Wild Card teams
(Top 2 qualify for 1-game playoff)
W L Pct. GB
Toronto Blue Jays 8973 0.549
Baltimore Orioles 8973 0.549
Detroit Tigers 8675 0.534
Seattle Mariners 8676 0.531 3
New York Yankees 8478 0.519 5
Houston Astros 8478 0.519 5
Kansas City Royals 8181 0.500 8
Chicago White Sox 7884 0.481 11
Los Angeles Angels 7488 0.457 15
Oakland Athletics 6993 0.426 20
Tampa Bay Rays 6894 0.420 21
Minnesota Twins 59103 0.364 30

Record against opponents

2016 American League Records

Source: AL Standings Head-to-head
Baltimore 8–114–35–15–21–64–24–25–110–93–41–613–63–49–1014–6
Boston 11–83–44–22–55–22–44–34–311–85–14–312–73–39–1014–6
Chicago 3–44–38–117–123–35–142–512–73–35–24–34–34–25–19–11
Cleveland 1–52–411–814–43–414–56–110–92–54–23–45–12–54–313–7
Detroit 2–55–212–74–144–27–122–415–43–34–34–36–12–43–413–7
Houston 6–12–53–34–32–43–413–65–22–413–611–83–34–152–511–9
Kansas City 2–44–214–55–1412–74–31–515–42–51–63–45–21–62–410–10
Los Angeles 2–43–45–21–64–26–135–12–41–612–78–113–49–104–39–11
Minnesota 1–53–47–129–104–152–54–154–22–52–44–23–45–21–68–12
New York 9–108–113–35–23–34–25–26–15–24–33–311–83–47–128–12
Oakland 4–31–52–52–43–46–136–17–124–23–47–125–29–103–37–13
Seattle 6–13–43–44–33–48–114–311–82–43–312–74–27–123–313–7
Tampa Bay 6–137–123–41–51–63–32–54–34–38–112–52–44–211–810–10
Texas 4–33–32–45–24–215–46–110–92–54–310–912–72–43–413–7
Toronto 10–910–91–53–44–35–24–23–46–112–73–33–38–114–313–7

Game Log

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

Postseason game log

2016 Postseason Game Log: 0–3


2016 Texas Rangers
Pitchers Catchers





Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Round Rock Express Pacific Coast League Jason Wood
AA Frisco RoughRiders Texas League Joe Mikulik
A-Advanced High Desert Mavericks California League Howard Johnson
A Hickory Crawdads South Atlantic League Spike Owen
A-Short Season Spokane Indians Northwest League Tim Hulett
Rookie AZL Rangers Arizona League Matt Siegel
Rookie DSL Rangers 1 Dominican Summer League
Rookie DSL Rangers 2 Dominican Summer League


Blue Jays–Rangers brawl

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]


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