Back in May, the Toronto Blue Jays endured a horrendous stretch during the middle of the month in which they went 2-9 against their main divisional rivals. As a result of it, they went from being right in the middle of playoff contention for the first Wild Card spot all the way down to the AL East division basement. It was dire times for everyone in Jays’ land, as the team held a players-only meeting following a lacklustre defeat in the hands of the division leading Tampa Bay Rays 6-3 on May 25th, incurring their third consecutive series loss at the time.
Well, whatever happened behind those closed doors in that meeting apparently seemed to have provided the needed spark for the team. Since the meeting, the Jays have completely turned things around in quick order and have since gone on to win 10 of their past 13 games, pulling them back to within half a game of the Houston Astros for the third and final Wild Card spot, and a game behind the New York Yankees for the third in the AL East and the second Wild Card spot.
Their current winning stretch included convincing series wins against the AL Central leading Minnesota Twins, the NL Central leading Milwaukee Brewers, and the always formidable Astros team, along with sweeping a hot New York Mets team that was coming into town coming off a sweep of their own over the Philadelphia Phillies.
In doing so, many key players have stepped it up for the team during the past couple of weeks to help fuel the sudden charge up the standings. Here, we will take a closer look at six Blue Jays that have made quite the difference in contributing to the team’s recent resurgence to significance.