White Sox Game Notes For Friday @ Seattle
* The White Sox are 30-11 (.732) versus the Mariners since 2010, the highest win percentage by any team versus any single opponent over that span (minimum 30 games). Over the 41 games, Chicago outscored Seattle by about 1.5 runs per game (200-139).
* The White Sox avoided being swept and snapped a seven-road game losing streak by beating the Angels, 8-2, in Los Angeles on Thursday. The eight runs scored by Chicago matched the team’s run total over its previous four road games.
* Seattle, who hit two home runs in its series at Texas earlier this week, has hit 141 home runs in 121 games played this season after totaling 136 home runs in 162 games last season. The Mariners are one of five teams who have already eclipsed their home run total from a season ago; the others are the Rangers, Dodgers, Yankees and Astros.
* Nelson Cruz, who currently leads the AL with 36 home runs, is looking to become the second Mariner all-time to lead the AL in home runs (Ken Griffey Jr. did so in 1994, 1997, 1998 and 1999).
* In his last start on August 15 at Boston, Felix Hernandez allowed 10 runs (all earned). The 10 runs allowed matched Hernandez’s career-high (also May 16, 2006 at Oakland), and the 10 earned runs allowed set a new career-high after previously never allowing more than eight earned runs in any start.
* Chris Sale matched a career-high with 15 strikeouts in his last start on August 16 versus the Cubs (also May 28, 2012 at Tampa Bay). Those two 15-strikeout performances are tied for the second-most strikeouts by a White Sox pitcher in a single game in the last 100 years (Jack Harshman had 16 strikeouts at Boston on July 25, 1954).