White Sox offense thriving at home

White Sox offense thriving at home

CHICAGO -- With a .301 average, 28 home runs and 84 runs scored in the last 15 home games, the White Sox offensive attack is thriving at U.S. Cellular Field. The South Siders have hit 47 homers in their last 24 games played here, explaining a large part of their home success.

"We score with the home run, and that's one of the things: it's a park that you can hit home runs," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "You play in Detroit or Kansas City, those are bigger parks and some of the balls you hit don't go out, so you don't get back into a game or get out to a lead.

"Guys are just more comfortable. They're here more. The environment is comfortable for them."

Hitting coach Jeff Manto agrees with Ventura's more comfortable routine theory at U.S. Cellular Field. He also likes the offense's overall position for the final 23 games of the season.

"I really do. We have a couple of guys that aren't hitting balls as well as they can," Manto said. "We might be leaving guys on base more than usually have in the past, but yet it's that time of the year.

"It's easy to say why not just drive in the run. Well, this is pressure. We are playing for something and those at-bats are different than a team not in the race."