It's officially time for the Toronto Blue Jays to back up their words. Speaking before a game against  his former  team, the Oakland Athletics, Josh Donaldson  said, "This is our time to win, we have to show we are relevant."

The Jays backed up those words by crushing the A's 7-1, powered by three home runs.

Before Tuesday's game the Jays came into play with a 46-46 record, sitting four games behind the New York Yankees in the AL East.

The Jays won on  great pitching by Mark Buerhle, who went 7 innings and only squandered one earned run to move his record to 11-5 on the season. Add 10 hits -- including  three home runs from Edwin Encarnacion, Russell Martin and Jose Bautista -- and the Jays have a winning formula.


Bautista also became the third player in Blue Jays history to have 20 homers in six seasons.

The Jays have 67 games left as of July 22 -- 34 at home soil and 33 games away from the Rogers Center. Toronto is 28-19 when playing at home, so what's stopping them from making the playoffs?  

Let's talk about some of the reasons why the Blue Jays are a .500 ball club.

Start with pitching. The Jays rank 22nd in the MLB with a 4.07 ERA and 15 blown saves. If they had converted half of those saves, the Jays could be sitting pretty. But they did not and are not.

The Jays know how to hit the ball, having produced 505 runs this year. The next closest team is the  Detroit Tigers, who are also in a playoff battle.

From here on out, it's a somewhat simple equation for the Jays, continue tearing strips off the ball, and begin to get some quality starts -- and when needed a close from the bullpen.

What's next for the Blue Jays? Their first  postseason berth since the golden years of the early '90s or  more mediocrity and .500 ball?.

The quest for the playoffs continue Wednesday night against the struggling Oakland Athletics at 10 PM Eastern. Recently signed Felix Doubront goes for the Jays while he's opposed by southpaw Sonny Gray for the A's.

The second half of the year will show what the Toronto  Blue Jays are made of.  

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