Toronto Blue Jays: 5 Players That Need to Step Up to Contend for the AL East

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Toronto Blue Jays: 5 Players That Need to Step Up to Contend for the AL East
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With Brandon Morrow and Kyle Drabek both injured, the Toronto Blue Jays need a drastic change in order to contend for a playoff spot in 2012.

A common benchmark for judging baseball teams is looking at their trends after 60 games.

Game 64 is tonight at Rogers Centre and the playoff outlook is not exactly appealing. 

Before the season started, it was apparent that any significant injuries to one of Brandon Morrow, Ricky Romero or Henderson Alvarez would cause serious issues regarding the starting rotation. 

Ideally, Morrow misses only a few starts. But still, the Jays inconsistent offense also needs a boost. The Jays need to look at this part of their season as an opportunity to prove themselves. It's their chance to show that they are resilient, determined, and good enough to win the toughest division in baseball. 

With that in mind, here's a look at five Blue Jays that need to step up in the next few months.

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