Boston Red Sox: Who Is the Ace of the Starting Rotation?

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Boston Red Sox: Who Is the Ace of the Starting Rotation?
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Who will new Red Sox manager John Farrell turn to when he needs to win one critical game?

After adding Ryan Dempster earlier this week, the Boston Red Sox have solidified their starting rotation for the 2013 season. Presumably, it will be comprised of Jon Lester, Clay Buchholz, Felix Doubront, Dempster and John Lackey (in some order).

While swing men Alfredo Aceves and Franklin Morales may be in the mix as well, the first five all have established themselves as viable MLB starters.

The question becomes, then, who is the true leader of this staff? Who would the Sox hand the ball to when they needed to win just one game?

Each pitcher has had flashes of both brilliance and utter ineptitude. Each has unique skills that would allow them to lay claim to the epithet of “Red Sox ace.” Each also has enough flaws to, at the very least, partially discredit these credentials.

Let’s take a look at each member of the Sox’s rotation to determine who, exactly, the ace is.

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