Toronto Blue Jays: 4 storylines to follow post All-Star break

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TORONTO, ON – APRIL 11: A wide view of the Canadian flag before the start of the Toronto Blue Jays home opener against the Milwaukee Brewers at Rogers Centre on April 11, 2017 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Carlos Osorio- Pool via Getty Images) /

The Toronto Blue Jays will have many questions to sort out in the final half of the season as they try to move forward.

There haven’t been many reasons to be optimistic about the Toronto Blue Jays this seasons with injuries to top players, losing their closer and inconsistent performances.

At the same time there is some optimism beyond this season in what the Blue Jays can look to build off of but with the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox back as juggernauts in the AL East, there is a lot of work to be done.

When it comes to the rotation, the first question that many will be wondering is how Aaron Sanchez can be a reliable starting pitcher with all the injuries that he’s had. Marcus Stroman hasn’t been able to get to reclaim his form from last season which has only magnified the struggles with the pitching staff.

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When it comes to the lineup it is the typical struggles which have plagued this team for the past couple of seasons with the Blue Jays ranked 24th in batting average (.238), 14th in strikeouts (819), tied for 28th in stolen bases (28). At the same time, they’re top 10 in home runs with 126, and 12th in RBI with 406.

Those numbers don’t get fixed overnight so things will need to change going forward but how much does the team do over the next few months will be something to watch.

In the meantime here are four storylines that Blue Jays fans should be looking at in the final stretch of the season.