The Texas Rangers were one strike away from winning a World Series, twice one out away in Game 6 of the 2011 World Series. But, as we know, David Freese had a legendary night that included tying that the game in the 9th and the walk-off in the 11th. The Rangers would, of course, go on to lose in Game 7, the Rangers now have dropped back to back world series losing to the Giants in 2010.
However, the 2011 Rangers still made the cut for their best season in franchise history.
After making it into the World Series in 2010, the 2011 Texas Rangers bounced back with an even more impressive season, going 95-66 to win the AL West by ten games. In the postseason, the Rangers beat the Tampa Bay Rays in four games in the ALDS. Then they won in six games over the Detroit Tigers in the ALCS to advance to their second straight World Series.
As a team, they led the league in batting average with .283, fourth in on-base percentage at .340, second in slugging at .460 and second in home runs with 210. They were led by Michael Young, who finished 8th in the MVP race, hitting .338 with 106 RBIs.
Their pitching staff had all five starters hit the double-digit win mark during the season, including CJ Wilson, who went 16-7 with a 2.94 ERA and 206 strikeouts.
A team that was the closest you possibly can be from winning the whole thing, the 2011 Rangers are probably one of the most bittersweet seasons in Rangers history. Despite not winning it all, the 2011 Rangers still made a significant impact making its mark as the best season in franchise history.
Matthew Atkins, Journalist and Baseball fan.