As of today Lester has been better - a lot better
Originally Posted by yankeefan54
Stat - Lester - Buchholz (Red is much worse then the other guy, magenta is not as good)
Not only does Lester beat Buchholz in these counting and rate stats - in some cases by a good deal, but the big one is the 37.1 extra innings (19.7% more) Buchholz is behind (plus the rest he got, while Lester was going out every fifth game hanging it out there).
WAR 5.4 3.1
QS% 62% 64%
IP 190 152.2
BA .221 .231
K's 208 104
BB/9 3.36 3.54
WHIP 1.174 1.238
FIP 3.00 3.67
xFIP 3.19 4.25
tERA 3.10 3.95
Cream rises to the top. Buchholz has had a fine year, much better then I expected, but he's some way from being the ace of the Sox as some fans have somehow convinced themselves. The fact that Lester was also in the top 5-7 SP's in the AL the prior two years while Buchholz was still growing up also seals Lester as team ace.