Plenty of areas for improvement as Blue Jays begin second half

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By Shi Davidi,, July 13, 2017 

MIAMI – For the sake of change, let’s shelve the trade speculation that will surround the Toronto Blue Jays over the coming weeks and look at the numbers from their messy first half and try to glean what that portends for the second.

At 41-47, they sit last in the American League East, 8.5 games behind the Boston Red Sox, and five games behind the wild-card leading New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays, with six teams between them and a playoff spot.

When the Blue Jays resume play Friday with Aaron Sanchez on the mound to begin a three-game series at Detroit in the opening leg of a 10-game road trip that will also take them through Boston and Cleveland, they have a 2.9 per cent chance of winning the division and a 17.4 per cent chance of claiming a wild card, according to the playoff odds projections at Fangraphs.

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