Running some numbers before the White Sox face the streaking Mariners tonight at U.S. Cellular Field:
-In cased you missed the notes in Thursday’s paper, the Sox have relied on home runs for 45 percent of their total run production.
In major-league baseball, only the Yankees (50 percent) and Orioles (47) score more runs via homers.
-Chris Sale had 13 strikeouts in Wednesday night’s impressive outing vs. New York.
Sale has reached double digits in Ks four times this season. Ed Walsh (1910) and Javier Vazquez (2006) are the only other pitchers in White Sox history to have four games with 10 or more strikeouts in the same year.
-Sale also became the only left-hander pitcher to strike out Ichiro three times in the same game Wednesday.
Right-handers Justin Verlander, Kevin Slowey, Josh Beckett and Tim Hudson also got Ichiro on strikes three times in the same game.
-If the Sox (68-55) beat Seattle tonight, they’ll be 14 games over .500 for the first time since ending the 2010 season at 88-74.
-Over their last 23 games at the Cell, the White Sox are 18-5 and have hit 42 home runs.
-The Mariners – who have won eight in a row - lead the majors with a .990 fielding percentage. The White Sox are third at .987.
-In case you are wondering, Adam Dunn has 36 home runs – and 38 singles.
-Jake Peavy, who starts for the Sox tonight, is 3-8 over his last 12 starts. He also has a 3.16 ERA over that stretch, but the White Sox have supported him with just 28 total runs.