Coming into the season, the Toronto Blue Jays were crowned the winners of the offseason and why wouldn’t they be? They traded for half of the Miami Marlins’ roster, and acquired both Melky Cabrera and National League Cy Young award winner R.A. Dickey. So they were expecting to challenge perennial AL East leaders New York, Tampa and Boston for the Division title after all of those moves.
As of May 18, the first place Yankees are now 8-1 in head-to-head matchups against the Blue Jays and are now 10 games ahead of them in the standings. Guys, whenever I complain about the Yankees playing Toronto too much, you all have permission to smack me because so far, the Yankees are owning the Blue Jays in 2013.
Of course, this can all change in the second half of the season but for right now, this is really something to see.
Phelps, who was struggling to find the plate early in the game, recovered to throw seven strong innings, allowing one run on six hits with three walks and eight strikeouts.
Cano had his second multi-homer game of the season and 12th of his career. He hit a two-run shot in the third inning and another two-run shot in the fifth inning. Both came off of Toronto starter Brandon Morrow. Morrow lasted five innings and gave up five runs on seven hits with one strikeout. He didn’t walk a batter.
Travis Hafner also hit a home run, his seventh of the season and it came in his 100th at-bat. Remarkably he’s hit five in 54 at-bats at Yankee Stadium. Guess his shoulder is feeling better.