Roy Halladay has verbally put his support behind Cole Hamels being the Phillies' Opening Day starter. And that seems like a no-brainer to us, when you look at Hamels' numbers in his first start in each of the six seasons in which he broke camp with the major-league club.
In the three seasons Hamels started Game 2, he is 1-1 with a 1.35 ERA and a .187 opponents' batting average. In the three years in which he didn't take the ball until Game 4, he is 0-3, 12.34, .456.
|COLE HAMELS' FIRST START (2007-12)|
| First Start
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