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5 Toronto Blue Jays Who Must Step Up in August

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Toronto Blue Jays: 5 Players Who Must Step Up in August

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The Toronto Blue Jays have had a roller-coaster-ride type season, but they are still right in the mix for a playoff spot. The Jays currently hold the second Wild Card spot by a slim margin and are four games behind the first-place Baltimore Orioles in the AL East. Here are five Jays who must make an impact this month in order for Toronto to have a chance at October.

5. Jose Bautista

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5. Jose Bautista

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Bautista’s had another solid season for Toronto, but despite him pulling his weight, he has to be even better while Edwin Encarnacion recovers from injury. His absence vastly shortens the Jays’ lineup, making Bautista’s offensive production much more important.

4. Munenori Kawasaki

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4. Munenori Kawasaki

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Kawasaki may come as a surprise, but he needs to step up with a little more offense at the bottom third of the order. His average in the mid .270s is good by his offensive standards, but he’s only driven in eight runs all season. As an everyday player on this team who’s known for his defense, a few clutch hits this month would greatly help the Jays.

3. R.A. Dickey

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3. R.A. Dickey

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After winning the NL Cy Young in 2012, Dickey has had two inconsistent seasons with the Jays. His career record with Toronto is 23-24, which is not what the Jays were expecting when they acquired him from the New York Mets. With Toronto’s offense not as dangerous as it was earlier in the season, they will need to win some games with their pitching this month. Dickey needs to step up and deliver down the stretch.

2. Dioner Navarro

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2. Dioner Navarro

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The 30-year-old catcher has already come up big for the Jays this season and exceeded his offensive expectations. Still, the Jays need him to continue his solid production. He’s assumed the cleanup spot in the lineup without Encarnacion and will get plenty of RBI chances with three great hitters batting ahead of him. If he makes the most of his chances, he’ll be heading for a career-high in RBIs this year.

1. Mark Buehrle

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1. Mark Buehrle

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It’s been a tale of two seasons for Buehrle; after starting off 10-1 after about two months of the season, the veteran has struggled. He’s lost six of his last seven decisions, with the lone win coming in his latest start last week. He needs to build on that win and find his form in August because he’ll be one of Toronto’s most important pitchers in the playoffs if they make it.