Kevin Youkilis: You have to like what Youk is bringing to the table since his return. In the 9 games since returning to the team, Youk is batting .313 with 2 homers, 2 double, and 3 RBI. Those numbers won't blow you off of your seat, but they are much better than his April numbers.
The Bench: Everyone who played in 2 games or less looked good. Podsednik, Middlebrooks, Byrd, and Shoppach (only for his catching). We'll throw Pedey's 1-for-3 before his exit from game 1 in there. Middlebrooks stands out above them all, especially with the rocket of a home run hit on Wednesday.
Doubront gave the Sox the best start in the series, but it wasn't great. Bard battled through his 5 1/3 and held the Tigers back so the Sox could do their damage to Verlander. Lester claimed to have his best stuff and Beckett did not, yet they threw up similar numbers. All 4 starts were just average, if not slightly less.
The bullpen looked good, aside from Aceves in game 1 and the Morales/Hill combo in game 4. Aceves had a big cushion, so the damage was a non-factor, and Morales and Hill let a deficit grow that may not have been diminished. I did like the rest of it and they are all still pitching very well as a group.
Sweeping a 4-game series is extremely difficult, no matter who you play. Taking 3-of-4 from the Tigers is pretty damn good, even against a struggling Detroit team. Hopefully the momentum was not broken after last night's loss and the Sox can take it into Toronto.