Get Hamels Out There Early

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Cole Hamels could be in line for first Opening Day start of his career. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)

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
 Comes in ...
 Game
 No. 2
 Game
 No. 4
 Seasons  2007-08-10    2009-11-12  
 Starts  3  3
 W-L  1-1  0-3
 ERA  1.35  12.34
 Opp. BA  .187  .456
 Innings  20  11.2
 Hits  14  26
 Runs  4  17
 ER  3 16 
 Walks  7  3
 Strikeouts  19  13
 Home Runs    2  2

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