The Texas Rangers’ 2011 season was the 51st season in the overall history of the franchise and the 40th since the team relocated to Arlington, Texas. At the season outset, the Rangers were the defending American League champions.
Despite playing during one of the hottest summers on record in Texas, the Rangers claimed their second consecutive Western division title (fifth overall), and set franchise records for winning (96 wins and a .592 winning percentage, one win better than the previous record set in 1999) and home attendance (2,946,949 fans at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, breaking the old record set in 1997). Another year of improvement from the starting pitching and defense would give the Rangers the most shutouts in the American League, and trailed the Philadelphia Phillies by only 2 for the lead. All 5 members of the opening day starting rotation would stay in the rotation for the entire year. C. J. Wilson tied for the league lead in starts with 34 while Derek Holland for second in shutouts with 4, tied for first in the American League, and each pitcher would have at least 13 wins. The offense, always considered a strong point for the team, would also have another good year with three players getting 30+ home runs, and Ian Kinsler completed his second 30/30 season.
They won their second straight West title and beat the Tampa Bay Rays in four games and the Detroit Tigers in six to advance to the 2011 World Series. They lost to the St. Louis Cardinals in seven games, their second straight defeat in the Fall Classic becoming the first team to lose back-to-back World Series since the Atlanta Braves in 1991 and 1992. The World Series was notable for the Rangers being one strike away from being World Champions twice in Game 6 with a two-run lead each time before ultimately losing to the Cardinals 10-9 in an 11 inning thriller. They would go on to lose Game 7, 6-2.