4 biggest question marks the second-half Blue Jays will have

The Blue Jays entered the All-Star break in a wild card spot, but there is still plenty of uncertainty when it comes to being assured of a playoff place at the end of the 2023 regular season.
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Can they be more productive with their hitting?

On a basic level, the Blue Jays have been among the better offenses so far in 2023. Even though they've dipped a bit recently -- let's not mention the no-hitter in Detroit -- they are fifth in the Majors with 810 hits and by extension, tied sixth overall with a .259 batting average.

The problem is, the Blue Jays are just not being productive enough when they are making contact with the bat. While 410 runs isn't a disaster, they rank just tied-13th overall in the Majors, which isn't good enough.

This ineffectiveness is highlighted by the Blue Jays being tied at a lowly 22nd in batting average with runners in scoring position. This extends to being just 24th with a .705 OPS in the same scenario.

Further shining a light on the Blue Jays' lack of clutch, is when the bases are loaded. They are again just 22nd in batting average, and 20th with a .646 OPS.

For what it's worth, the Blue Jays are still capable of inflicting damage when they do make contact in clutch situations. For example, despite their low success rate with runners in scoring position, they still rank 16th with 276 runs in this scenario.

What this alludes to, is that the Blue Jays need to find a way to just hit more consistently, regardless of the scenario. In particular, under-fire hitting coach Guillermo Martinez must get the players to relax and focus more in high-pressure situations.

Of course, this is easier said than done. However, solve this rubiks cube and the Blue Jays will become an extremely dangerous team to deal with.