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?
Chicago White Sox v Toronto Blue Jays
Chicago White Sox v Toronto Blue Jays / Vaughn Ridley/GettyImages
5 of 5

Bo Bichette

It may be surprising to find one of the Blue Jays’ most prolific hitters here on this list in superstar Bo Bichette. After all, based on his track record in the past, he is one of the club’s most dominant September performers. For the 2023 season, he has produced a strong stats line of .304/.336/.474/.810 with 59 runs scored, 19 home runs and 67 RBI while leading the Jays’ offensive attack. However, he has had a disappointing month of September so far, as he has mustered only five hits in total with three RBI and nine strikeouts for a .143 batting average in nine games since coming back from his injury. Of course, that was before his offensive outburst against the Yankees on Tuesday night, so hopefully signs point towards him beginning to turn things around soon.

More than likely, Bichette hasn’t fully recovered from his right quad strain that he suffered back in the end of August. The Jays can really just go as far as their stars can take them, so they’ll need Bichette to come up big in the upcoming games for them to have a shot at making the playoffs. At the same time though, they will need to manage him carefully to not risk him running into any more injury issues that could put him out for the rest of the season. Nevertheless, in the minds of the Jays' faithful, a less than 100% Bichette is still probably the best option at this point in time of the season.

Overall, if the stars begin to align for the Jays’ hitters, they should have a good shot of making the playoffs, as they currently control their own destiny. But if the struggling players don’t pick up their game quick, the Jays could risk having their 2023 season end a little earlier than expected.