Bigger liability for Sox: Lester or Buchholz?

Bigger liability for Sox: Lester or Buchholz?
July 24, 2013, 12:00 am
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Clay Buchholz has been on the disabled list for a while and it doesn't seem like he'll be off it any time soon. Meanwhile, Jon Lester has been very inconsistent for the Red Sox this season, as he has recorded three quality starts (6+ IP, 3 or fewer ER) since June 11.

The panel of analysts on "UNO Sports Tonight" discusses which starting pitcher is the bigger liability for Boston.

Buchholz started the year on fire with a 1.71 ERA and a 9-0 record, but hasn't pitched since June 8 and recently visited Dr. James Andrews about concerns of his shoulder injury. There is speculation that he could be out until September.

"[Buchholz] is pretty adamant that he's not going to pitch unless he's [healthy]," Michael Silverman of The Boston Herald said.

Lester, on the other hand, has allowed at least four earned runs in five of his last eight starts, including five or more runs in four of those. He recorded an ERA of 7.62 for the month of June.

"I've always liked that toughness that he brought out to the mound," Steve Buckley of The Boston Herald said on the Red Sox southpaw. "We just need to see some of that."

Who do you think is the bigger liability for the Sox? Let us know in the comments section.