It became clear over the last few weeks that Kevin Youkilis days in Boston was coming to an end. On Sunday, that speculation became a reality as Youkilis was traded to the Chicago White Sox in exchange for right-hander Zach Stewart and utilityman Brad Lillibridge. There’s no doubt that Youkilis’ abilities have started to slip and he’s also injury-prone. Youkilis hasn’t played in more than 120 games since 2009 and missed three weeks earlier this year with a back ailment. However, the White Sox have been dealing with Orlando Hudson’s and Brent Morel’s dreadful production (.167 combined batting average), and Youkilis is a potential difference maker for the White Sox. And, this could be a situation that a change of scenery makes a big difference. Youkilis, who is hitting .233 with four homers in 42 games is leaving Boston with a chip on his shoulder. He wants to prove people wrong and I think he will do just that in Chicago.
Who is the best pitcher in baseball? Is it Roy Halladay, Justin Verlander, or Clayton Kershaw? I know its crazy to think, but take a look at the numbers and you will find that R.A. Dickey is the best pitcher in baseball right now. So much so that Dickey is the triple crown leader for pitchers. His ERA is down to 2.00, tied for the major league lead with Brandon Beachy. His 11 victories are the best in baseball, and his 103 strikeouts were tied with Verlander until Verlander threw on last night. Dickey has allowed one run in his last five starts and that run was unearned. He has gone 42 2/3 innings without allowing an earned run with 63 strikeouts . All Dickey does is throw a knuckleball and to do what he is doing right now is absolutely amazing.