With the departure of Jon Lester and John Lackey at the trade deadline, Clay Buchholz has been thrust into a leadership role for the Boston Red Sox.
Lou Merloni joined SportsNet Central to discuss whether or not Buchholz can be the ace of the staff.
"The stuff is there," said Merloni. "I just don't think he's top of the rotation guy. The stuff might be, but there's nothing in his career that says he can do that."
"You know what he can be when he is right, the problem is the consistency… Clay Buchholz, since he's showed up in the big leagues, hasn't been consistent. You really can't count on that guy at the top of your rotation."