Yankees continue to dominate Blue Jays, improve to 8-1 in the season series

05/18/2013 9:08 PM ET
By Joe Auriemma

In addition to out-pitching the Blue Jays, the Yankees have been buoyed by timely hitting from the likes of Robinson Cano.(AP)
The Yankees once again distanced themselves from the offseason on-paper World Champion Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday with a convincing 7-2 victory. They have had the Blue Jays number to start this 2013 season and have been extremely successful against them in the Bronx over the last couple of seasons.

With the Yankees taking the first two games of this series, they are now 8-1 against Toronto and 19-15 against all other teams this season. What's even worse for the Blue Jays is the way the Yankees have been beating them: Timely hitting and just flat out better pitching. With all of the offseason moves the Blue Jays made, many picked them to be the heavy favorite out of the box -- not just to win the American League East, but possibly contend for a World Championship. The Yankees, even with the compiling of injuries to major figures on the team, have built themselves a 10-game lead in the division over the Jays.

The Yankees have now won nine straight against the Jays at home, including six straight already this season. Over that span, the Yankees pitching staff has compiled a 2.67 ERA compared to the Blue Jays who have an ERA of 5.50. The Jays continue to look like they want to hit the long ball every time they come to bat, while the Yankees have picked their spots and just looked to make contact.

Robinson Cano, who has been the rock in the Yankees lineup, had his 12th multi-home run game of his career on Saturday and his second this season. He is a prime example of the damage the Yankees hitters are inflicting against Blue Jays pitching as of late.

“I was able to take advantage of those pitches in the strike zone,” Cano said. “I've always got the same approach, just go out there and get a pitch that I can be able to make a good swing and just get on base for my teammates.”

That attitude and approach is not evident in the Jays lineup, allowing the Yankees to continue to dominate their rival north of the border.

The trend goes back even further. In their last 20 meetings at Yankee Stadium, the Yankees are 18-2 against the Jays with a 2.75 ERA compared to Toronto's 5.81 ERA during that time.

Look for a Yankees sweep on Sunday to really put the reeling Jays in a bind. But even if they salvage one victory in this series, Toronto has a lot of work to do to grind back even just to the middle of the pack. The Yankees, on the other hand, have a real chance to bury a team once touted as the cream of the crop.

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