When the news came out that SP Cole Hamels would be the Opening Day starter of the Philadelphia Phillies, I thought, it was about time. Hamels has been the best pitcher in the City of Brotherly Love for years, but has constantly been ignored like a middle child.
In some locations around the web, Hamels is still listed as the team’s third starter behind Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee, which is insane looking at all three of their numbers from last year. The veterans may have a better resume, but Hamels has become the most reliable fantasy baseball arm and has earned the number one spot in the rotation.
In 2012, Hamels pitched 215.1 innings and it was the third straight season that he went over the 200-inning mark. The southpaw also struck out 216 batters with a glimmering 1.12 WHIP and 3.05 ERA. He has posted an ERA under 3.07 in each of the last three seasons and has become one of the most intimidating pitchers in the game.
Hamels is in his prime right now and there are not many arms in fantasy better than the 29-year-old. He deserves to be the number one starter in Philly and can be a great number one hurler in fantasy this year as well. Look for him to be a NL Cy Young candidate all year and finish as one of the highest scoring fantasy pitchers.