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The Texas Rangers’ season came to an abrupt end when they were swept in the American Division League Series. The Rangers ended their regular season with a 95-67 record, which is their second best record in franchise history. For the second time in franchise history, the Rangers were back-to-back A.L. West Champions. The Rangers had the best American League record this season, which not only was for the first time in franchise history, but also gave them home field advantage. However, it didn’t do any good for the team. They were heavily favored to win the ALDS against Toronto, but they instead suffered a humiliating early exit.
Cole Hamels: Finished with a 15-5 record and a 3.32 ERA. He allowed 185 hits, surrendered 83 runs, and struck out 200 batters. He started out 5-0 for the first time in his career. Hamels was on the mound for the Rangers when they clinched their second consecutive A.L. West title. He pitched game one in ALDS, pitching a postseason-low of 3.1 innings, allowing six hits, surrendering a postseason-high of seven runs, and striking out a postseason-low of one. Coming into August, he was 12-2, but in the final two months he went 3-3. So for him what started off as a hot streak turned into a cold streak in the closing months of the season.
Colby Lewis: Finished with a 6-5 record and a 3.71 ERA. He allowed 103 hits, surrendered 53 hits, and struck out 73 batters. For the first time in his career, Lewis started out 6-0. On June 22nd, after he suffered his first loss of the season, Lewis was placed on the disabled list and went on to miss two months. Lewis returned to the mound on the 11th of September against the Angels in a losing effort. Lewis finished the rest of the season without earning another win. He pitched game three in the ALDS, allowing five hits, surrendering five runs, and striking out two. Like Hamels, what started off as hot streak became a cold streak.
Yu Darvish: Finished with a 7-5 record and a 3.41 ERA. He allowed 81 hits, surrendered 43 runs, and struck out 132 batters, all of which are career-lows. Darvish missed the entire 2015 season due to Tommy John surgery. He made his return on the 28th of May against the Pittsburgh Pirates in a winning effort. He pitched game two of the ALDS, allowing five hits, surrendering a postseason-high of 5 runs, and striking out a post-season low of four batters. Darvish will be entering the final year of his contract. 2017 will be his chance to go out and prove he’s worth re-signing.
Derek Holland: Finished with a 7-9 record and a 4.95 ERA. He allowed a total of 116 hits, surrendered 62 runs, and struck out 67 batters. On June 23rd, he was placed on the disabled list and went on to miss nearly two months of action. He made his return to the mound August 23rd against the Cincinnati Reds in a losing effort. Holland was not part of the ALDS roster. 2016 was the final year of his contract and it wasn’t a good year for him. His future with the organization is uncertain.
A.J. Griffin: Finished with a 7-4 record and a 5.07 ERA. He allowed a total of 116 hits, surrendered 68 runs, and struck out 107 batters, all of which are career-highs. Griffin missed the previous two seasons due to problems on his elbow. On December 21, 2015, he signed a minor league deal with the Rangers. He wasn’t expected to make the main roster, but thanks to Yu Darvish being out until May, there was one spot open in the rotation. Griffin went on to earn that spot. He did however set a record of allowing a home-run in ten consecutive starts, but overall, he had a good season. He’s got some holes to fill, but he’s making progress. The last thing he needs to do is rush.
Martin Perez: Finished with a 10-11 record and 4.39 ERA. He allowed a total of 205 hits, surrendered 110 hits, and struck out 103, all of which are career-highs. He started a career-high of 33 games. He pitched better at home than he did on road games. 2016 was a roller coaster season for him. Like many other pitchers, he had some games and some bad ones.
Lewis and Holland are set to become free agents. It’s very likely that neither one will return to the team next season. The Rangers need to some younger talents in their rotation.
Bullpen: Total of 56 saves, which is a franchise record for most saves in a single season. Bullpen had a total of 41 wins, which is the most by any bullpen since the 1953 Brooklyn Dodgers. Sam Dyson had a career-high of 38 saves for the bullpen. Sam Dyson, Matt Bush, Tony Barnette, Jake Diekman, and Alex Claudio had a combined record of 25-10.
Offense: Registered a total of 1446 hits, surrendered 765 runs, and blasted 215 homeruns. The amount of hits was the most they’ve had since 2013. The amount of homers blasted is the most since 2011. Five Rangers finished this season with at least 20 homers. Rougned Odor led the team with 33 homers. Ian Desmond led the team with a career-high of 178 hits. Adrian Beltre spent the season climbing up in the ranks. He’s 34th all-time in hits with a total of 2942 in his career. He’s also 41st all-time in homers with 445 and he trails Miguel Cabrera. Elvis Andrus blasted a career-high of eight homers. Shin-Soo Choo was in and out of the disabled list with numerous injuries, including a broken forearm. Nomar Mazara blasted 20 homers and was named American League Rookie of the month for April and May. During the season, the Rangers acquired Jonathan Lucroy and Carlos Beltran. They both combined for 96 hits and 18 homers. The Rangers picked up the option on Lucroy’s contract for the 2017 season, so Lucroy will be the team’s primary catcher next season. Carlos Gomez, who was acquired from Houston finished with 33 hits and eight homers in a Rangers uniform. Beltran, Moreland, and Desmond will be free agents this off-season. Beltran and Moreland are both likely to sign with other teams. Gomez and Desmond are definitely players the Rangers would love to re-sign. Gomez has already expressed his desire to remain with the Texas Rangers as in his view, this organizations is not “a team” but rather “a family.” Prince Fielder was forced to retire during the season because of a neck injury. There’s still four years remaining Fielder’s contract. It’s unclear about his future with the team.