Both Jon Lester and Felix Doubront have not pitched to their expectations this season, but in ways one might not expect.
Lester, labeled as the team's ace heading into the season, has been nothing but inconsistent since June. Doubront, on the other hand, has allowed three runs or fewer in his last 15 starts, making him arguably the most consistent starter on the Red Sox staff.
Both pitchers are left-handed, which means one could be the odd man out in the Sox' postseason rotation. If you consider recent performance this season, then Doubront is the right choice. However, Lester has playoff experience and has shown in the past that he can be a dominant pitcher.
The Boston Herald's Steve Buckley gave his take on "Uno Sports Tonight," and despite all the struggles, Buckley would still give Lester the edge.
"He did win Game 4 of the 2007 World Series," Buckley said. "I know it was a long time ago, but there's something about playoff experience. He's not hurt in the traditional sense, he may be hurt upstairs, the whining about umpires still drives me crazy, but I still think something's there that you shouldn't give up on."