Originally written on Ted's Army  |  Last updated 11/14/14

After every series, we'll take stock of how each individual and group performance affects their overall value.


Ryan Sweeney: Ryan started the series off strong in game 1, then fell back down to where he started. He continues to impress, it is only a little more sporadic than a month ago.

Daniel Nava: He complied a bunch of 1-hitters, and the 1 hit in the second game off of Verlander was huge. Aside from that, there were some missed opportunities that hurt his cause.

Adrian Gonzalez: Gonzo continues to hover around the .270 mark as we anxiously await his breakout series. Thumbs up for this outfield play.

David Ortiz: Big Papi batted a nice .467 in the series with a pair of homers and 5 RBI. His average is back on the rise after a little slump.

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.

Jarrod Saltalamacchia: Salty had one of his best series of the season, going 5-for-11, with 2 homers and 3 RBI. It is nice to look forward to his at-bats.

Mike Aviles: Aviles had a slightly above average series, going 5-for-16 with 3 RBI. Nothing to rave about.

Nick Punto: Watching Punto in 4 straight games, even with a shortened appearance in the first game, is painful. His defense could never make up for his lack of offensive ability to do anything.

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.

Starting Pitching

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.


Bobby had to do a lot of shuffling with the lineup and it worked. Things are clicking.



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.


Chargers keep playoff hopes alive with comeback win

Robin Lopez responds to Khloe Kardashian dating rumors

Report: Jermaine O'Neal 'intrigued' about joining Mavs

Report: Robert Griffin III likely to return to Redskins

Izzo criticizes coaches, players after embarrassing loss

Report: Kings, Nets talking Deron Williams trade


Is Rampage Jackson heading back to the UFC?

WATCH: DeSean Jackson mocks Eagles after win

Michael Vick: Jameis Winston is the future of the NFL

Report: No NFL team is moving to Los Angeles in 2015

Report: 49ers looking for young, offensive mind as next coach

Sheldon Richardson: I'm on the same level as JJ Watt

Dan Mullen wears funny 'Christmas Vacation' sweater

WATCH: Redskins FB gets in Eagles fan's face after TD

WATCH: Utah runs trick play on first offensive play of game

Mick Cronin misses game with unruptured aneurysm

Steve Alford: Kentucky is best team I've coached against

Peyton Siva jokes that Rick Pitino is in the mob

WATCH: Montrezl Harrell ejected for throwing punch

UNC wearing Jordan-era throwback uniforms

Brian Kelly: Justin Brent gets 'distracted,' is in my doghouse

Five free agent signings that should happen in 2015

Reporter asks Rajon Rondo awkward question about trade

Video: Swaggy P elbows Steven Adams in throat, gets ejected

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

Mullen wears funny Christmas sweater

RG3 returning to Redskins?

Tom Izzo hot after bad loss

Kings, Nets talking Deron Williams trade

WATCH: DeSean mocks Eagles

Vick: Winston is the future of the NFL

No NFL team in LA next season?

UNC rocking Jordan-era throwbacks

Reporter asks Rondo awkward question

Three quarterbacks who could be traded this offseason

Jon Lester and the Cubs

Report: NFL players used 'horny juice'

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.