Road to the World Series in the AL will go through the Texas Rangers

Thanks to their win over the Rays on Friday night (TEX 3, TB 1), the Texas Rangers have clinched the best record in the American League in 2016. That means they will have home field advantage throughout the entire postseason, including the World Series thanks to the AL's win in the All-Star Game.

The Rangers' win also clarifies the AL postseason picture. We now know the Indians and Red Sox will meet in the ALDS while Texas will play the winner of the AL Wild Card Game. At this point the Orioles, Blue Jays, Tigers, and Mariners are all still alive in the wild card race with two days left in the regular season.

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The Ranges have clinched the best record in the AL. USATSI

Home field advantage figures to be pretty important to this Rangers team. Check out their home and road records this season:

At home: 53-26 (.671), +39 run differential
On the road: 42-39 (.519), -26 run differential

Not only do the stats show the Rangers are a better team at home, but the players would much rather start a series in their own ballpark as well. The travel is easier, the fans are behind them, they get to sleep in their own beds ... everything about it is better.

At 95-65, the 2016 Rangers currently have the best winning percentage in franchise history and the second most wins. They have two games remaining to catch and pass the pennant winning 2011 team, which went 96-66. The Rangers are an incredible 36-11 in one-run games this season, which includes eight walk-off wins.

Texas clinched their second straight AL West title a week ago. The AL Wild Card Game will be played Tuesday, October 4. The ALDS will begin Thursday, October 7.

CBS Sports Writer

Mike Axisa joined CBS Sports in 2013. He has been a member of the BBWAA since 2015 and has previously written about both fantasy baseball and real life baseball for MLBTradeRumors.com, FanGraphs.com, RotoAuthority.com,... Full Bio

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