On Friday night the Boston Red Sox will trek to Canada and take on a Toronto Blue Jays team that has expectations that are out of this world. With guys like Jose Reyes, Josh Johnson and R.A Dickey now in the fold, the Jays are embracing this season as World Series or bust.
Boston was historically awful in 2012 as they won 69 games and were a last place team in the AL East. Toronto was above them in the standings, but that did not mean much to John Farrell, who booked out of Canada this offseason and is now the manager of the storied Red Sox. While Farrell reportedly left on good terms, players on the Blue Jays can not be happy that their supposed “leader” left them in a blink of the eye to work for a divisional rival like the Sox.
Toronto was the first team to give Farrell an opportunity as manager, but after two seasons with the team he decided that the Red Sox were a better fit for him. In two years with the Blue Jays, Farrell was 154-170 and failed to make the MLB postseason both years.
The AL East is going to be incredibly difficult this year as every team is improved, however the Blue Jays and Red Sox rivalry is something to keep an eye on as this season wears on.
Friday night kicks off the 2013 edition of the feud with Johnson making his Blue Jays debut pitching against Felix Doubront of the Red Sox who started 29 games last year but finished with a 4.86 ERA. Farrell will surely not get a standing ovation tonight as he return to the Rogers Centre, but let’s see if the Red Sox new skipper get a win north of the border.