McAdam: Need sustained success for leadership mantle

McAdam: Need sustained success for leadership mantle
August 3, 2014, 8:45 pm
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With all the wheeling and dealing the Red Sox have done this season, the rotation looks a little bit different.

Now that Jon Lester and John Lackey are no longer with the club, that leaves Clay Buchholz as the veteran among the group.

"A little [strange], yeah, because I don't feel like I'm old by any means," Buchholz said on Saturday. "But time passes pretty quickly in this game. I've learned a lot through all the guys who have come through and left, and made some really good friends too. I feel like this is just how it's going to be for this year at least."

Red Sox manager John Farrell believes this is a good opportunity for the 29-year-old to become a leader.

Insider Sean McAdam joined SportsNet Central to discuss Buchholz's chance to be the ace of the Red Sox staff.

"He has, at least experienced a lot," said McAdam. "He's been really, really good for three to three and a half months. He's had injuries, he's had setbacks, he has changed who he was as a pitcher. He came up as kind of a power guy, became more of a induce contact and two-seam ground ball type of pitcher.

"He's had a lot of experience, but what he hasn't had a lot of is sustained success. Usually you need that to assume that leadership mantle."