Can the Red Sox win a title with Lester as their ace?

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Can the Red Sox win a title with Lester as their ace?

The Red Sox pitching staff as a whole has been a huge disappointment this season. Jon Lester and Josh Beckett haven't had the results that anybody -- including themselves especially -- expected.

Beckett's ship may have already sailed here in Boston, but there's no reason to think Lester's has. But is he the "ace"? And if so, is he a good enough one to bring the Sox another World Series? Are they deep enough behind him to make up for it?

We discuss.

Red Sox-Yankees lineups: Pedroia back, Sale vs. Tanaka in matchup of aces

Red Sox-Yankees lineups: Pedroia back, Sale vs. Tanaka in matchup of aces

Dustin Pedroia is back in the Red Sox lineup after missing three games with a knee and ankle injury following Manny Machado’s hard slide into him at second base in Baltimore.

Pedroia is batting leadoff against the Yankees' Masahrio Tanaka (2-1, 6.00 ERA). The Red Sox counter with their ace, lefty Chris Sale (1-1, 0.91).

The full lineups:

YANKEES
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Aaron Hicks LF
Chase Headley 3B    
Matt Holliday DH
Starlin Castro 2B
Aaron Judge RF
Chris Carter 1B
Austin Romine C
Ronald Torreyes SS

Masahiro Tanaka RHP

RED SOX
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Andrew Benintendi LF
Mookie Betts RF
Hanley Ramirez DH
Mitch Moreland 1B
Xander Bogaerts SS
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Sandy Leon C
Marco Hernandez 3B

Chris Sale LHP
 

Red Sox claim utility man Chase d’Arnaud off waivers from Braves

Red Sox claim utility man Chase d’Arnaud off waivers from Braves

BOSTON - The Red Sox added some utility help Thursday, claiming Chase d’Arnaud off waivers from the Braves. With Dustin Pedroia banged up and Brock Holt and Pablo Sandoval both on the disabled list, the Sox’ infield depth was worn down. 

How exactly the Sox make room for d’Arnaud on the 25-man roster wasn’t immediately clear. He’s not going to be on the active roster until Friday.

Manager John Farrell on Tuesday, the day d’Arnaud was designated for assignment, said the Sox were actually comfortable with their infield depth, despite all the injuries. Josh Rutledge, Marco Hernandez and Steve Selsky are center stage these days.

“No, I think we’re good because with Rutledge’s ability to play all four, Marco’s ability to play three, we feel like we’re in pretty good shape,” Farrell said. “In addition to Selsky’s ability more comfortably at first base and the outfield as well, we feel like our depth has us in a good position to be covered.”

The 30-year-old d’Arnaud was on the Opening Day roster for the Braves and went 3-for-8 with a couple walks. He can play any position, infield or outfield, and is a .231 lifetime hitter in 170 games between three teams.

The Pirates drafted d’Arnaud, who bats right-handed, in the fourth round in 2008. He’s done well as a pinch hitter, going 11-for-37 (.297) with a .381 on-base percentage in his career.

He's also well known for his music.

Right-handed reliever Carson Smith was moved to the 60-day disabled list to make room on the 40-man roster. He is rehabbing from Tommy John surgery and not expected back until June any way. (The point Smith went on the DL, which was the start of the season, doesn't change.)