Year Season Round Opponent Result
2016 89-73 (.549) AL Championship Series Cleveland Indians (94-67) Lost, 4-1
AL Division Series Texas Rangers (95-67) Won, 3-0
AL Wild Card Baltimore Orioles (89-73) Won, 1-0
2015 93-69 (.574) AL Championship Series KC Royals (95-67) Lost, 4-2
AL Division Series Texas Rangers (88-74) Won, 3-2
1993 95-67 (.586) World Series Philadelphia Phillies (97-65) Won, 4-2
AL Championship Series Chicago White Sox (94-68) Won, 4-2
1992 96-66 (.593) World Series Atlanta Braves (98-64) Won, 4-2
AL Championship Series Oakland A’s (96-66) Won, 4-2
1991 91-71 (.562) AL Championship Series Minnesota Twins (95-67) Lost, 4-1
1989 89-73 (.549) AL Championship Series Oakland A’s (99-63) Lost, 4-1
1985 99-62 (.615) AL Championship Series Kansas City Royals (91-71) Lost, 4-3

1985 American League Championship Series

As the Blue Jays entered post season play for the first time, they would face the Kansas City Royals in the first ever best-of-seven American League Championship Series. The Blue Jays, who finished nine games ahead of the Royals in the loss column, were the favourites and would enjoy the extra home game.

 

GAME #1: Dave Stieb lived up to superstar billing, shutting out the Royals on three hits through eight innings with no base runner advancing past second base. The Blue Jays struck quickly with two runs in the second, three in the third and one in the fourth. The Blue Jays offense was sparked by 2 RBI performances from Ernie Whitt and Tony Fernandez.

 

GAME #2: A much more even affair with the Blue Jays eeking out a 6-5, 10-inning win. The Royals jumped into a quick 3-0 lead after 3 innings primarily on the
strength of a 2 run HR by Willie Wilson in the 3rd inning. The Blue Jays took the lead on a George Bell sacrifice fly in the 8th. The Royals rallied, however, in the 9th on a pinch hit HR by Pat Sheridan with the go ahead run being delivered in the 10th on a Frank White single. The Blue Jays won it in the bottom of the 10th on a two-out 2 run single by Al Oliver. On to Kansas City, the Blue Jays were up 2 games to none.

 

GAME #3: George Brett put on a baseball clinic going 4-4 with 2 HR’s, 3 RBI with 4 runs scored en route to a 6-5 Royals win. Leading 5-2 after 4 innings the Blue Jays squandered the lead for good in the 8th when Brett led off the inning with a single and eventually scored.

 

GAME #4: The Blue Jays came within one win of a World Series berth with a 3-1 come-from-behind victory. The Blue Jays won the game dramatically with 3 runs in the top of the ninth inning, the big blow being a 2 run pinch hit double by Al Oliver.

 

GAME #5: LHP Danny Jackson went the distance checking Toronto on 8 hits and scoring a run in each of the first two innings. Blue Jays still led the series 3 games to 2.

 

GAME #6: The Blue Jays and Royals returned to Exhibition Stadium. Entering the 5th inning tied at 2-2 George Brett once again delivered the decisive blow with a solo HR. With 3.2 shutout innings of relief from Buddy Black and Dan Quisenberry, the Royals pulled even in the series for the first time at three games apiece.

 

GAME #7: Dave Stieb, the ace of the Toronto staff vs. eventual Cy Young Award winner Bret Saberhagen. The Royals came out on top 6-2 shellacking Dave Stieb for six runs in 5.2 innings. The big blow being a wind-assisted, bases clearing triple by Jim Sundberg to cap a four run 6th inning.

 

The Kansas City Royals became only the 5th club in Major League history to trail a series three games to one and come back to win the series. The Blue Jays? They slumped immediately after scoring five runs in the 5th inning of Game 3 scoring only eight runs in the last 40 innings.

 

1989 American League Championship Series
For the second time in five seasons, the Blue Jays were American League East Division Champions. The Blue Jays would face the Oakland Athletics who had the best record in the Major Leagues in 1989.

 

GAME #1: The Blue Jays surrendered 2-0 and 3-1 leads as the Athletics scored three times in the sixth and twice in the eighth to win 7-3. In the sixth inning, Mark McGwire cracked a lead off HR to tie the game and two runs scored when Carney Lansford’s double play ball was botched. Dave Stewart allowed five hits over eight innings for the win.

 

GAME #2: The Athletics tallied twice in the fourth inning and three in the sixth en route to a 6-3 win. Rickey Henderson was a one-man wrecking crew going 2-for-2 with two runs scored and four stolen bases. Athletics’ righthander Mike Moore allowed just three hits and an unearned run in seven innings.

 

GAME #3: The Blue Jays snapped a five game post-season losing streak dating back to 1985 with a convincing 7-3 win. The Blue Jays jumped on Athletics’ starter Storm Davis for four runs on four hits in the fourth inning and salted the game away with another three runs in the seventh inning. Overcoming a 3-0 Athletics’ lead, Mookie Wilson and Tony Fernandez paced the Blue Jays with two hits apiece, the latter with two doubles.

 

GAME #4: The Athletics took a commanding 3-1 lead in games with a 6-5 win over the Blue Jays. Rickey Henderson was again a major catalyst with two home runs and four RBI. The Blue Jays collected 13 hits, 11 of which were singles and attempted to overcome a 5-2 deficit with one run in the sixth and seventh innings and two in the eighth.

 

GAME #5: The Blue Jays spotted the Athletics a 4-0 lead heading into the seventh inning before eventually losing the game 4-3 and the best-of-seven series in five games. Trailing 4-1 after eight innings the Blue Jays scored twice in the ninth inning on a leadoff HR by George Bell and a sacrifice fly by Kelly Gruber.

 

In essence it was Rickey Henderson defeating the Blue Jays four games to one. Henderson batted .400, slugged 1.000, had a .609 on-base percentage and swiped a LCS record eight stolen bases. The Blue Jays hit .242 as a team (compared to Oakland’s .272) with only eight of their hits going for extra bases. They were outscored 8-3 in the first three innings and 12-7 in the middle three before outscoring the Athletics 11-6 in the final three innings. Unfortunately, it is virtually impossible to consistently battle back from an early inning deficit. Although anything can happen in a “short series,” the best team of the regular season continued their charted course into post-season, winning eight of nine contests.

 

1991 American League Championship Series

GAME #1: Toronto starter Tom Candiotti lasted just 2.2 innings and allowed five earned runs before being lifted in favour of David Wells. The Twins would not need to score another run. The Blue Jays rallied for a run in the fourth and three runs in the sixth on five consecutive hits off Twins starter Jack Morris. Those four runs would be all Toronto could muster as they lost 5-4 at the Metrodome.

 

GAME #2: Toronto took an early lead as they jumped on Twins starter Kevin Tapani, scoring three times in the first three innings. Rookie Toronto starter Juan Guzman lasted 5.2 innings allowing four hits and just two earned runs before the ball was handed to the bullpen. Tom Henke and Duane Ward combined for 2.1 innings of shutout relief and six strikeouts. Devon White scored three of the five Toronto runs as the Blue Jays won their only 1991 ALCS game 5-2 in Minneapolis.

 

GAME #3: Joe Carter’s first inning home run and a Candy Maldonado double put the Blue Jays ahead 2-0 until the sixth inning when the Twins were able to put their second run across the plate and tie the game at two apiece. Toronto starter Jimmy Key scattered five hits over six innings and allowed two earned runs. The game went into extra-innings and ended in dramatic fashion as Mike Pagliarulo, pinch hitting for Scott Leius, homered to right off of Blue Jays reliever Mike Timlin. Toronto was retired 1-2-3 in their half of the tenth as the Twins defeated Toronto 3-2 at SkyDome.

 

GAME #4: Blue Jays starter Todd Stottlemyre allowed seven hits in 3.2 innings before exiting with Toronto trailing 4-1. The Twins’ Kirby Puckett hit his first home run of the series and Dan Gladden collected three RBI on three hits to pace Minnesota to a 9-3 win at SkyDome. It was Jack Morris’ second win of the ALCS as he pitched eight innings allowing just two runs.

 

GAME #5: Kirby Puckett displayed his power once again as he homered in the first inning off Tom Candiotti to put the Twins ahead 1-0. Toronto put together three runs in the third and a pair in the fourth to go ahead 5-2. Minnesota was able to post three runs in their half of the sixth inning and tie the game at five. Duane Ward was handed the loss for Toronto as he allowed three runs in the eighth. Toronto was shutdown by five shutout innings of relief. Devon White, Roberto Alomar and Manuel Lee each collected a pair of hits in the losing effort as Minnesota took the American League crown with an 8-5 win

 

1992 American League Championship Series
1992 World Series

 

GAME #1: Home runs were the story of the game as Oakland used three of them to beat the Blue Jays 4-3. The A’s scored three runs in the second inning off Toronto starter Jack Morris on back-to-back homers by Mark McGwire and Terry Steinbach. The 3-0 lead stood until Pat Borders homered off Dave Stewart in the Blue Jays’ fifth followed by a Dave Winfield homer in the sixth making the score 3-2. John Olerud tied the score at 3 in the bottom of the eighth with a two out single off reliever Jeff Russell scoring Winfield who had doubled in the previous at-bat. Harold Baines broke the tie with a solo shot to lead off the ninth and Dennis Eckersley shut down the Blue Jays in the home half of the ninth inning to seal the 4-3 Oakland victory.

 

GAME #2: The Blue Jays were able to rebound from a Game #1 loss as David Cone held the A’s to just one run over 8.0 innings en route to a 3-1 win. Cone, the Major League’s strikeout leader in 1992, fanned six as he collected his second career post-season victory. Mike Moore lasted seven innings in the losing effort for Oakland. Kelly Gruber doubled and hit a 2-run homer in the fifth which would prove to be the winning runs. Closer Tom Henke came on for the save in the ninth, his first ever post-season save.

 

GAME #3: For the first time since 1985 vs. Kansas City, the Blue Jays put together a pair of wins in the post-season as they got past the A’s 7-5. Toronto starter Juan Guzman notched his second career LCS win in as many starts (1991 vs. Twins) lasting six inning before being lifted in favour of Duane Ward. Tom Henke earned his second save in as many games. Despite being outhit 13-9 by the A’s, 4 of Toronto’s hits went for extra-bases including homers from Alomar (solo) and Maldonado (solo). The A’s collected just 1 extra-base hit.

 

GAME #4: In what appeared at first to be a certain Oakland victory, the Toronto Blue Jays fought back to erase a five run deficit late in the contest sending the game into extra-innings. Oakland batted around earning five runs in the third inning as they jumped on Toronto starter Jack Morris. The A’s added another run in the sixth making the score 6-1. Toronto began their comeback in the top of the eighth as they strung together five consecutive hits. By the end of the inning, the score was 6-4.The A’s were held off the board in the bottom of the eighth, but in the top of the ninth Devon White led off with a single that was misplayed allowing him to get to third base. Roberto Alomar then homered off Dennis Eckersley to tie the game at 6-6. Toronto eventually won the game in the eleventh as they scored a run off Kelly Downs to win 7-6.

 

GAME #5: Oakland starter Dave Stewart held the Blue Jays in check for nine innings scattering seven hits, allowing just 2 runs as Oakland sent the series back to SkyDome. The complete game win was Stewart’s first win of the 1992 post-season. The 6-2 loss for the Blue Jays ended their three game win streak. David Cone took the loss for Toronto. He lasted just 4.0 innings before Jimmy Key made his first appearance of the 1992 playoffs. Ruben Sierra homered and drove in 3 runs for the A’s. Devon White notched 3 hits on the day including a double in the losing effort.

 

GAME #6: Toronto scored a pair of runs in the first on a Joe Carter homer off A’s starter Mike Moore. The Blue Jays then added four more runs in the third including a Candy Maldonado 3-run homer to put Toronto ahead 6-0. Blue Jays’ starter Juan Guzman went seven innings allowing just five hits and striking out eight before the ball was handed to Duane Ward in the eighth with the score Toronto 7, Oakland 1. The A’s managed a run in the top of the eighth but the home town Blue Jays secured the win as Tom Henke tossed a perfect ninth sending Toronto to its first ever World Series with a 9-2 win over Oakland.

 

1993 American League Championship Series
1993 World Series

 

GAME #1: The Blue Jays took a 2-0 lead in the fourth inning when third baseman Ed Sprague tripled to right field with Olerud and Molitor on base. Chicago then used it’s half of the fourth inning to produce three runs on two hits as they sent nine men to the plate. Toronto starting pitcher Juan Guzman managed to hold the White Sox in check for six innings but walked 8 batters and stranded 11 runners before exiting with a 5-3 lead. Jack McDowell lasted 6.2 innings allowing thirteen hits and all seven Toronto runs before the White Sox relief corps came on to hold Toronto for the remainder of the game. Danny Cox worked a shutout seventh and eighth allowing a single by Ozzie Guillen. Duane Ward came out for the ninth and walked the first two batters before striking out the side to end the Chicago threat.

 

GAME #2: Both clubs scored once in the first inning, but it was the Blue Jays who would prevail as their two-run fourth inning provided the edge. The 3-1 win saw Toronto take a two games to none lead in the best of seven games series. The fourth inning started with a pair of outs by Carter and Olerud. Paul Molitor then doubled off starter and loser Alex Fernandez. Next, Tony Fernandez singled to score Molitor and moved to second on the throw home. After an intentional walk to Ed Sprague, Pat Borders singled to second base but Joey Cora threw the ball away allowing the third Toronto run to score. Dave Stewart worked six strong innings surrendering just four hits (all singles) and one run for his seventh career ALCS win against no losses. Al Leiter was credited with a hold as he pitched the seventh and eighth innings before closer Duane Ward came in to save the game in the ninth.

 

GAME #3: Nineteen game winner, Pat Hentgen started for Toronto but could not collect a win on this day as Toronto suffered their worst defeat of the series losing 6-1. The Blue Jays were able to hold off the White Sox attack until the third inningwhen they sent 10 players to the plate and combined for five runs on five singles. Hentgen lasted just three innings plus 2 batters before he was removed in favour of Danny Cox. Toronto scored their lone run in the bottom of the third as Rickey Henderson scored from third on a Devon White single. Wilson Alvarez, the Chicago starter, pitched a complete game for his first career ALCS victory. He allowed just seven hits while issuing two walks and striking out six. Tim Raines provided most of the offensive support for Chicago going 4-5 with a run scored.

 

GAME #4: A two run home run by centre fielder Lance Johnson in the second inning gave the White Sox a 2-0 lead over Toronto. The light hitting Johnson had not hit a home run since the 1992 regular season. Todd Stottlemyre, making his first start of the 1993 ALCS, lasted six innings for the home team but failed to hold onto a 3-2 lead that was handed to him in the third when Toronto batted around on rookie starter Jason Bere. The right hander lasted just 2.1 innings before being pulled in favour of Tim Belcher. Stottlemyre allowed three more Chicago runs in the sixth including a Frank Thomas solo homer and a Lance Johnson triple before departing. Roberto Alomar doubled home Henderson in the bottom of the sixth to cut the White Sox lead to one (5-4), but the visiting White Sox notched a single run off Al Leiter in the seventh and another run off Mike Timlin in the ninth to seal the win by a 7-4 margin.

 

GAME #5: As was the case with each of the previous four games, the team that scored first emerged victorious. This time, Toronto scored first when Rickey Henderson crossed the plate in the first inning after leading off the game with a double and a stolen base. Starting pitcher Jack McDowell allowed a Toronto run in the second and third before being lifted following just 2.1 innings. Meanwhile, Blue Jays starter Juan Guzman cruised through the first 4.1 innings without allowing a hit or a walk until Ellis Burks went deep to left field for what would be the only blemish on Guzman’s slate that afternoon. He lasted seven innings permitting just two hits while walking one and striking out six. Roberto Alomar reached base in all five plate appearances (3 hits, 2 walks) to lead the Toronto attack. Tony Castillo worked a scoreless eighth allowing a single and a base on balls. Duane Ward had some difficulty in the ninth. He struck out Joey Cora and Frank Thomas following a single to lead off the inning by Tim Raines. He then issued a two run homer to Robin Ventura that brought Chicago within two. With the tying run at the plate, Ward struck out Bo Jackson to end the game and preserve the 5-3 Toronto win.

 

GAME #6: With his 7-0 record in ALCS play on the line, Blue Jays’ starter Dave Stewart provided the win which put Toronto into their second consecutive World Series as the Blue Jays won 6-3 over Chicago. Toronto scored first with a pair of runs in the second inning as a 2-out single by catcher Pat Borders off Alex Fernandez cashed in John Olerud and Paul Molitor. The White Sox tied the game in the third inning when a bases loaded walk by Frank Thomas and a fielder’s choice by Robin Ventura scored two runs. Stewart managed to restrict the White Sox to just 4 hits and 2 earned runs before handing Duane Ward a 3-2 lead after 7.1 innings. Ward struck out the final two batters to end the eighth. Toronto added to their lead as Devon White homered off reliever Scott Radinsky to make the score 4-2. Toronto added two more runs before the inning was over as Paul Molitor tripled to centre. Ward allowed his second home run of the series as Warren Newson hit a solo shot in the bottom of the ninth but that was all the scoring that the Pale Hose could muster as the Blue Jays were crowned American League Champions for the second straight season.

 

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