In response to carnie's comment:
In response to eidlog's comment:
Lester: 9-14, 1.383, 4.82
Buchholz: 11-8, 1.326, 4.56
Those stats represent what the duo have accomplished since September, 2011.
No. 3 man, Ryan Dempster pitched worse than Lester and Buchholz in the second half of 2012, compiling a 5.09 ERA and 1.453 WHIP for the Rangers.
Dempster has a lifetime ERA of 5.27 versus Toronto and 7.62 (with an 0-4 record) against the Yankees.
Doubront slipped badly (1-5, 6.04 ERA) in August-September.
And Jon Lackey -he has some of the worst ERA/WHIP numbers for a 150-Inning starter 6.41/1.619 in MLB history.
You're still avoiding the question. What TOTR FA starter should Ben have acquired this winter? What ace should he have traded for, or failing that what ace starter was actually available?
this is what i call BILL-806 syndrome..... You whine and cry and demand a trade but don't specify ANY targets.