The Sox are at 34-30 and in sole possession of first place. They are approaching the all-star break with a half game lead over the Indians. More importantly, they have a solid four game lead on the prohibitive favorites in the AL Central, the Detroit Tigers.
Many factors have contributed to the Sox's success this spring, including the solid first year leadership of Robin Ventura and an MVP caliber first half from mainstay Paul Konerko. The Sox have been able to rebound from last year's awful offensive season to become a threat to slug it out with any team in the league.