For the first time in about a week, I'm not sweating.
It's actually cool today at the Cell, with a nice lake wind blowing from right field to left.
And the White Sox are hot again with four straight wins heading into this afternoon's game vs. the Toronto Blue Jays. They've also won 8 of 10 and 10 of 13, building a 3-game lead over the Indians in the AL Central.
Let's take a look at some stats and numbers before Gavin Floyd squares off vs. Ricky Romero.
-At 46-37, the Sox are a season-high 9 games over .500. They haven't been 10 over since the end of 2010 (88-74).
-The White Sox are finally playing well at home.
They've won six straight at the Cell and are 16-8 over their last 24.
In the last 24 home games, the Sox are batting .286 with 37 home runs and a 4.05 ERA.
In the first 20 games at the Cell, the White Sox were 7-13 while batting .238 with a 4.77 ERA.
-Catchers A.J. Pierzynski and Tyler Flowers have thrown out 7 of the last 17 attempted base stealers.
Prior to that, 19 straight opposing base stealers were successful.
For the season, Pierzynski and Flowers have a 32.7 (18-for-55) percent success rate, which ranks third in baseball.
-Remember how bad the White Sox were hitting with runners in scoring position last season?
This year, they lead the majors with a .306 batting average with RISP.
Alexei Ramirez isn't hitting home runs this year, but he's second in the American League with a .382 average with RISP. Paul Konerko is sixth at .373, Alex Rios (.372) is seventh and Pierzynski is eighth (.366).
-Speaking of A.J., he is on pace to hit 31 homers and drive in 96 runs.
His career highs are 18 HR (2005) and 77 RBI ('04).
Talk about getting better with age, it looks like the 35-year-old Pierzynski is positioned to get a two-year extension offer from the Sox.
-New fan favorite Kevin Youkilis is batting .310 with 2 home runs, 11 RBI and 7 runs scored in 11 games with the White Sox since arriving in a trade from Boston.
GM Kenny Williams has made some great deals through the years, but getting Youkilis for Brent Lillibridge and Zach Stewart could be his best ever.
Here are today's lineups:
1. Alejandro De Aza - CF
2. Kevin Youkilis - 3B
3. Adam Dunn - DH
4. Paul Konerko - 1B
5. Alex Rios - RF
6. A.J. Pierzynski - C
7. Dayan Viciedo - LF
8. Alexei Ramirez - SS
9. Orlando Hudson - 2B
SP: Gavin Floyd - RHP
1. Brett Lawrie - 3B
2. Colby Rasmus - CF
3. Jose Bautista - RF
4. Edwin Encarnacion - DH
5. Adam Lind - 1B
6. Yunel Escobar - SS
7. Rajai Davis - LF
8. Omar Vizquel - 2B
9. J.P. Arencibia - C
SP: Ricky Romero - LHP