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Phillies name Cole Hamels as Opening Day starter

Mar 14, 2013, 8:01 PM EDT

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This shouldn’t come as a surprise, as the Phillies arranged their rotation this spring with this very idea in mind, but the team announced this evening that Cole Hamels will start on Opening Day against the Braves on April 1.

This will be the first Opening Day assignment of Hamels’ career. As a result, Halladay’s streak of Opening Day starts will end at 10. Halladay, who has started the last three openers for the Phillies, endorsed Hamels for the honor earlier this spring by saying that this is his time to lead the staff.

Hamels, 29, posted a 3.05 ERA and 216/52 K/BB ratio over 215 1/3 innings last season. The southpaw is entering the first year of a six-year, $144 million contract.

  1. redguy12588 - Mar 14, 2013 at 8:25 PM

    Could have sworn there was an article about this a month ago.

  2. sgtr0c - Mar 14, 2013 at 8:44 PM

    ^what redguy said

  3. chadjones27 - Mar 14, 2013 at 9:05 PM

    What? You mean it’s not Halladay? I thought he was healthy… and nothing was wrong… and his velocity was fine…

    • Kevin S. - Mar 15, 2013 at 1:40 AM

      Does he realize how much he’s jeopardizing his HOF chances if he doesn’t have as many Opening Day Starts as Jack Morris?

      • philliesblow - Mar 15, 2013 at 7:33 AM

        Well played Kevin, you beat me to it. I love the smell of sarcasm in the morning.

  4. mungman69 - Mar 15, 2013 at 2:52 AM

    Cole can pitch. Can Halladay?

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