It has to be locked in. Lester has to be the ace.
Clay Buchholz said earlier in camp that he believes John Lackey will be the ace of the staff at some point this season. Yet Lester is clearly the most talented pitcher on the staff, and has to come close to 20 wins.
If Lester becomes the ace again, the Red Sox might be able to break away from mediocrity and be a contender. They haven’t had that leader of the staff for a while, and Lester wants the job. He wants it badly.