The American League East is always one of the most competitive divisions in the Major Leagues, and there are several great rivalries within the division. The Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees get all of the attention, but the Red Sox also have a great rival in the Toronto Blue Jays.
Boston is one of the closest cities in terms of geography to Toronto, so the Red Sox and Blue Jays are natural rivals. The Red Sox are one of the most storied franchises in the American League, but the Toronto Blue Jays have had some periods of success as well. This rivalry has really heated up in the last few seasons, and the 2019 regular season series should be one to watch.
History of Red Sox vs. Blue Jays Rivalry
The Boston Red Sox and Toronto Blue Jays have been division rivals ever since the Blue Jays came into the American League in 1977. The Red Sox gave the Blue Jays a warm welcome into the American League, winning 12 of the first 15 games in this rivalry. Boston has been in control of this rivalry from the beginning, but Toronto had a run in the early 1990s that the Red Sox were jealous of.
The two teams have met a total of 635 times since the 1977 season, and the Red Sox have a 353-282 lead in the all-time series. Surprisingly, the Red Sox and Blue Jays have yet to meet in the postseason, but odds are that this will change in the future.
The city of Boston got their baseball team in 1901 when the Americans began play in the American League. The team was renamed the Red Sox in 1908, and the Boston Red Sox have had a ton of success since that time.
The Red Sox are one of the most storied franchises in all of baseball, despite going through a World Series drought of 86 years. Boston has won a total of nine World Series Championships in franchise history, with four of those coming since the 2004 regular season. Ted Williams is one of the best players to ever play in the Major Leagues, and he proudly wore the Boston Red Sox uniform. Expect the Red Sox to win a bunch more championships in the coming years.
The Toronto Blue Jays are the lone Canadian team left in Major League Baseball after the Montreal Expos were moved to Washington D.C. The Blue Jays began play in 1977, and they struggled for the first decade of their existence. Toronto became the first and only team outside of the United States to win the World Series in 1992, and they won it again the next year in 1993.
The Blue Jays fell on tough times again after those two World Championships, and they have made just two playoff appearances since then. Roberto Alomar is the lone player to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame wearing a Blue Jays logo on his cap, but there have been several other great players in Toronto throughout the years. Odds are that the Blue Jays will bring glory back to Canada at some point in the near future.
Head to Head Comparison of Boston Red Sox vs. Toronto Blue Jays
The Toronto Blue Jays have not had as much time to rack up championships as the Boston Red Sox, and so the head-to-head comparison is a little bit skewed. The Blue Jays do have a pair of World Series Championships in 1992 and 1993, but that doesn’t really compare to the nine World Series titles by the Boston Red Sox. Toronto has won the American League just twice, while the Red Sox have won the American League pennant a total of 14 times.
The Red Sox have won the American League East a total of ten times, while the Toronto Blue Jays have won it six times since coming into the division in 1977. The Blue Jays also advanced to the postseason as a Wild Card in 2016, but the Red Sox have been an American League Wild Card team seven times since 1998. Even if we just look at the head to head comparison since the Blue Jays came into the league, the Boston Red Sox have still enjoyed much more success.
Quick Glance at Last 20 Games in this Rivalry
The Boston Red Sox have had complete control of this rivalry since it began, and the same can be said of the last 20 games. It is important to look at the last 20 games in order to identify some trends in order to make predictions for the upcoming season. The two teams met a total of 19 times during the 2018 regular season, and their final matchup in 2017 came on September 27.
The Boston Red Sox posted a 16-4 against their American League East rival in the last 20 games, which is no surprise as Boston was beating everyone during the 2018 season. The Red Sox went 10-1 against the Blue Jays at home in Fenway Park, and they also went 6-3 against the Blue Jays in the nine games played in Canada. Toronto has been competitive in this rivalry for much of the past decade, but they haven’t been in the last 20 games.
Solely looking at the head-to-head results of the last 20 games simply tells us who has been better in terms of winning. We can also look at the total runs scored in each of the last 20 games, as well as look at how the teams have done against the spread. The Boston Red Sox were the betting favorites in each of the last 20 games with a line of -1.5 for each game. Boston obviously won 16 of those 20 games outright, but they went just 12-8 against the spread.
The Blue Jays might not have been able to win a bunch of games, but they at least kept eight games within 1.5 runs. Sportsbooks also set a line for the total runs for each game, and the Red Sox and Blue Jays have been around that number a lot in the last 20 games. Boston and Toronto combined to go “over” the run total in ten of the games, while going “under” nine times. The Red Sox and Blue Jays played to a “push” when the run line was set at 9.0 total runs on September 11, 2018. The last 20 games don’t really help us to make predictions about the total amount of runs, but it does show that the Toronto Blue Jays have done a decent job of keeping the games close.