You saw it coming, but the Phillies made it official anyway: Cole Hamels will be the Phillies Opening Day starter April 1 in Atlanta.
The order has been aligned since the beginning of Spring Training, so it’s no surprise, as Hamels will be followed by Cliff Lee and Roy Halladay. Kyle Kendrick is penciled in as the fourth starter and would pitch the home opener against the Royals, John Lannan No. 5.
It really doesn’t mean much. With the big contract in tow and with a struggling/aging Roy Halladay, it’s now Hamels’ rotation to lead; so in that regard it’s somewhat symbolic. The torch being passed.
If the Phillies are to go places this season, much weight rests on the shoulder and arm of their $144 million pitcher.