4 Blue Jays who need to come up big to help carry the team into the playoffs

Which Blue Jays need to step it up for the final stretch run to the playoffs?
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Daulton Varsho

For Daulton Varsho, it has certainly been a mixed bag of results for him with his new ballclub for 2023. Everyone has been definitely more than satisfied with his elite defence in the outfield that he has provided, probably saving the Jays many games in the process. However, his production at the plate has left quite a bit to be desired.

For 2023, Varsho has compiled a .220 batting average with a .662 OPS, along with 60 runs scored, 17 home runs, 53 RBI and 15 stolen bases. However, prior to Sunday’s game, Varsho was only hitting a measly .174 with a .544 OPS, along with seven runs scored, two doubles, one triple and just two RBI in his previous 18 games. So hopefully his big home run against the Red Sox this past weekend is just the beginning of a breakout run he will have in the final couple of weeks.

With Brandon Belt currently on the sidelines due to lumbar spine muscle spasms and his return uncertain at this point, Varsho will be counted upon heavily as the main lefty power bat in the Jays’ lineup during this final stretch of the season. To make everyone forget once and for all about the trade with the Arizona Diamondbacks, this should be his time to shine and silence all his critics by helping the Jays reach the postseason.