4 changes the Blue Jays must make immediately to avoid tumbling down the standings

The time to make some major strategic changes is now.
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It looks like manager John Schneider has lost the room

Along with Atkins, it’s time to relieve manager John Schneider and much of his coaching staff of their duties. Promote associate manager DeMarlo Hale to the interim manager’s job. Fire bench coach and offensive coordinator Don Mattingly and hitting coach Guillermo Martinez, and promote assistant hitting coach Matt Hague to be the hitting coach based on his succcess with the Buffalo Bisons hitters last year, including Davis Schneider, Ernie Clement, Spencer Horwitz, Orelvis Martinez and Addison Barger.

A team-only meeting that was described as “productive” was held after the loss Tuesday, and the team did respond with a 5-3 win Wednesday, led by Guerrero’s 3-for-5 day with an RBI, and an outstanding start for Chris Bassitt, who went 6.1 strong innings, allowing only three hits and two runs with six strikeouts against two walks.

While that rebound was encouraging, as Arden Zwelling of Sportsnet notes above, “To match last season's 89 wins, Jays need to go 73-53 over remainder of season — a .579 winning percentage.”

Can this team pull that off? Never say, “never”, but that seems like a tall order for a team only averaging 3.62 runs scored per game, lower than the 3.76 average runs per game when they were an expansion franchise in 1977.