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Philadelphia Phillies Smartly Make Cole Hamels Opening Day Starter

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The Philadelphia Phillies had a decision to make about who would start on Opening Day for the team. The Phillies obviously have Roy Halladay, who had started ten straight Opening Days, and could have gone with Cliff Lee as well. Philadelphia decided in the end to go with Cole Hamels, and I really think that was the right move to move for the Phillies.

Hamels was 17-6 last season with a 3.05 ERA during his 31 starts. He was much more consistent in 2012 than Halladay or Lee as well, and that’s why he deserves this start.

I will be a bit shocked seeing Halladay pitching deeper in a team’s rotation, but Hamels has been proving in recent years that he is an ace pitcher in Philadelphia, and the lefty has the huge contract he signed before the 2012 season to show for it.

I’m sure that it was a difficult decision to make for the team. It is obvious that the Phillies have three ace pitchers, and if they were ever to get back to the playoffs, the team would be very hard to beat.

You could say this is a passing of the torch to give the Opening Day nod to Hamels. I believe that Hamels can finish this season with 17 wins, which would tie his total from last season, and he knows now that the team believes he is the ace. It is a definite turning point for the starting rotation for the Phillies, and one that is only going to help the team.

Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports, like his Facebook page or add him to your network on Google.