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Phillies make Cole Hamels their No. 4 starter

Mar 23, 2012, 6:12 PM EDT

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It was a given that Roy Halladay would start on Opening Day and be followed by Cliff Lee in the Phillies rotation. Baseball’s best No. 3 starter won’t go in game three, however.

The Phillies announced today that Cole Hamels would be held back to start their fourth game, which is also their home opener. Vance Worley will slot in between Lee and Hamels in the rotation.

“Cole has had more experience,” pitching coach Rich Dubee said. “Hell, he’s pitched in the World Series. The big flag is out there. Not that Vance can’t handle it, but it’s a little bit of a hectic day. Any of our guys deserve to pitch the home opener or the opener of the season. This way it lines up where Cole gets it. It splits our lefties. It doesn’t put Vance in that situation. Cole is more accustomed to pitching with a lot of hoopla around.”

Joe Blanton will serve as the Phillies’ fifth starter, but he’s not expected to get a turn the first time through due to off days.

  1. skerney - Mar 23, 2012 at 6:21 PM

    Do we need any more proof that HBT uses the Phillies as a traffic driving device?

    • Utley's Hair - Mar 23, 2012 at 6:50 PM

      Yes, since this has none of it.

      • skerney - Mar 25, 2012 at 6:34 AM

        How many other HBT posts concern a team announcing their fourth starter?

      • Utley's Hair - Mar 25, 2012 at 10:53 AM

        Since he is a star pitcher—a one starter on just about any other team—in his prime who is up for free agency at the end of the season, who just so happens to be a NLCS and WS MVP, and he is being replaced by a second year starter, who happened to come in third in 2011 ROY voting, on a rotation that includes Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee, it’s a legitimate post not designed to just “drive traffic.” The fact that he is still the third starter in talent, and solely the fourth starter due to strategy notwithstanding and all…

    • Utley's Hair - Mar 25, 2012 at 10:55 AM

      I should have put this here so you get notice that I did reply, so I’ll post it again:

      Since he is a star pitcher—a one starter on just about any other team—in his prime who is up for free agency at the end of the season, who just so happens to be a NLCS and WS MVP, and he is being replaced by a second year starter, who happened to come in third in 2011 ROY voting, on a rotation that includes Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee, it’s a legitimate post not designed to just “drive traffic.” The fact that he is still the third starter in talent, and solely the fourth starter due to strategy notwithstanding and all…

      • skerney - Mar 25, 2012 at 4:34 PM

        Twice Utley’s Hair? Really? Is your Chrondomalacia flaring up today?

      • skerney - Mar 25, 2012 at 4:39 PM

        I’m sorry. My comments came off way too snarky. I apologize. It’s going to be a long season and I don’t want to start pissing matches in March. I just won’t click on PHI posts if I don’t think the story holds interest to me. Enjoy your Sunday.

  2. darthsat - Mar 23, 2012 at 6:25 PM

    Go Phils! Can’t wait for opening day.

  3. illegalblues - Mar 23, 2012 at 6:39 PM

    welp, there goes the phillies season

  4. csndrew - Mar 23, 2012 at 6:59 PM

    Umm, just because he’s starting the 4th game doesn’t make him their 4th starter.

  5. illegalblues - Mar 23, 2012 at 7:02 PM

    you guys don’t know how to have fun

    • megary - Mar 23, 2012 at 7:25 PM

      What a bull sh!t headline.

      How about….
      Hardball Talk names Matthew Pouliot their No. 4 blogger.

      • illegalblues - Mar 26, 2012 at 6:02 PM

        phillies fans are HILARIOUS

  6. bleedgreen - Mar 23, 2012 at 8:39 PM

    Couldn’t POSSIBLY be so they have a righty in between 2 lefties (Lee and Hamels), could it?

    • ezthinking - Mar 23, 2012 at 10:57 PM

      “It splits our lefties.”

      Of course that was in the third paragraph so I suppose you didn’t get that far into the article.

  7. cup0pizza - Mar 23, 2012 at 9:58 PM

    Yet another needless Phillies article. Yawn.

    • Utley's Hair - Mar 24, 2012 at 2:32 AM

      Yet another needless cup0pizza comment—on a Phightins post, no less. Yawn.

  8. mikeyrivs23 - Mar 24, 2012 at 5:20 AM

    Matt, why did you include a photo of James VanderBeek posing as Hamels?

  9. leftywildcat - Mar 24, 2012 at 10:26 AM

    Matthew Pouliot is not in the Best Shape of his Life.

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