Sunday, April 26, 2015

Get Hamels Out There Early

Cole Hamels needs to take the ball early in the season.

Get Hamels Out There Early

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

 First Start
 Comes in ...
 No. 2
 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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Boop – who goes by Bob Vetrone Jr. when he is undercover or paying bills – has been at the Daily News since 1982, after working for five years at the Philadelphia Bulletin up to its closing. Along with helping to build the sports scoreboards most nights, he has had great input into the papers’ special sports pullouts – March Madness, Broad Street Run, Record Breakers, Greatest Moments – as well as its day-to-day, award-winning event coverage.

A 1980 graduate of North Catholic, he took some evening college courses. Those lasted right up until the first conflict with a Big 5 doubleheader.

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He has been immersed in sports statistics since the early 70s, when his father (long-time sports writer, broadcaster and the Daily News’ Buck The Bartender), would take him into the Bulletin newsroom overnight in the summer and let him update the Phillies statistics in a little, black spiral notebook. But things have changed tremendously in the decades since … He now uses a big, black spiral notebook.

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