1. The remaining schedules of their top competition
Most importantly, for the two teams that the Jays are currently battling for the Wild Card positions, both the Seattle Mariners and the Rangers have a schedule that could end up helping the Jays in the end. They are set to face each other another seven times before the end of the season, so since one of them is guaranteed to lose whenever they play, it should keep them within distance for the Jays to overtake as long as the Jays do their part in winning their own games. In addition, the Mariners have a daunting schedule that includes also playing the division-leading Los Angeles Dodgers and Houston Astros, so the Jays better take full advantage of this for them to have any chance.
As a result, as much as it feels that the Jays may be out of it, they are actually still very much in the thick of things as long as they finally get their act together and start doing what they are suppose to do. The key part now is to make sure they throw away the past three games from their memories, and focus on the important stakes at hand. All of this begins right now, with putting an end to a Rangers’ sweep on Thursday and using that momentum to run the AL East gauntlet en route to a playoff berth.