The Boston Red Sox defeated the Toronto Blue Jays to secure the American League East division crown by a score of 6-3 on Friday night. This win marked the 94th win of the season for Boston, who are 8.5 games ahead of the Tampa Bay Rays.
The Red Sox clinch the East for the first time since 2007. All they did that year was sweep the World Series. Expectations are certainly high in Beantown which is a far cry from where they were at the start of the season. Boston seemed to have more questions than answers regarding their lineup but give credit to John Farrell who has brought this club together and provided them with the leadership that they desperately needed after last year’s debacle.
Boston currently has the best record in all of baseball, but they would be content to have the best record in the American League. Since the American League won the All-Star game a few months ago, it ensures that the American League Champion will receive home field advantage in the World Series regardless of the records.
It looks like the Red Sox would have home field advantage throughout the entire postseason if they are able to hold their lead in the AL. It seems crazy to think that just 9 years ago we were wondering if the World Championship drought would ever end for the Sox and now they have an opportunity to win their 3rd one in 9 years.