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by "Cakes" FisherPhiladelphia CorrespondentRyan Howard, Photo: hj_west, Flickr.comThe Phillies open their 2013 season in the heart of Dixie as they take on the Braves in a three game series starting April 1st at Turner Field in Atlanta. Taking the mound for the first time on opening day in the Roy Halladay Era will be the sunny southpaw from San Diego, Cole Hamels. Cole has earned the Opening Day Starter role outperforming all Phillies starters during spring, and showing the stuff that landed him a blockbuster contract last summer. The Phillies line up has a new look. Placido Polanco, Shane Victorino, Hunter Pence, and Carlos Ruiz are not suiting up for Opening Day in Philly Pinstripes. Polly is in Miami, the Flyin’ Hawaiian is in Bean Town, “Let’s Eat” is in San Fran, and Ruiz is out of uniform, serving a 25-game suspension for testing positive for amphetamines during the offseason.It is good to see the Phillies start April with the marquee names of Howard and Utley occupying the middle of the line up. If the Phillies are going to contend then these two need to remain written in pen in those slots for the majority of the year. Michael Young and Domonic Brown should provide some extra punch in the fifth and sixth spots in the line up. The lead off spot is Revere’s to lose. Charlie is going with the fleet-footed center fielder to start the season, but Rollins will be sure to ask for his position back if Ben doesn’t live up to his billing. Until Chooch returns from his suspension Erik Kratz will bat seventh and hold down the catching duties. His show of power last year, and his steady work behind the plate will make an interesting decision when chooch returns. Having two major league catchers and one waiting in the wings in Tommy Joseph, acquired last year from the Giants in the Hunter Pence trade will be an enviable position for the Phillies, who may be looking for outfield help during the season. Now comes the biggest point of apprehension for this lifelong Phillies fan, right field. While John Mayberry provides all star caliber defense, his bat is pop up prone. Laynce Nix is better in the batter’s box, but can look comical in the field. The two will battle it out for playing time, and be sure to believe Charlie will play the hot hand.Much improved for the Phillies is their bullpen, a bullpen that handed away far too many victories last year during June and July. The veteran additions of Mike Adams and Chad Durbin will be key in middle and late inning situations where an out is needed from the bullpen. Once delivered with a lead in the ninth, Papelbon will put it in the books 90+ percent of the time.The Phillies starters are solid, but Roy Halladay’s “declining” health remains prevalent on Philly blogs and Newspaper Headlines. Personally,I believe he is going to have a solid year. Spring training is a time for players to work out some issues, and I think Roy had a dead arm period last week, and will be ready for the season when handed the ball on Wednesday. Cliff Lee will take the ball every third day, and hopefully with some run support will find his way back to NL supremacy in wins. The last two starters, Kendrick and Lannan will be asked to keep the Phillies close and have career years if they are to stay in the rotation from April through October. Look for the Phillies to add at least one starter at the trade deadline.While today is April Fool’s Day, the following comments are serious. I believe the Phillies are the team to beat in the division this year. They were able to play competitvely last year for most of the season without the presence of team leaders Chase Utley and Ryan Howard. Domonic Brown finally resembles the articles written about him in 2009, and the Phillies bullpen is going to be lights out with Adams and Papelbon during the 8th and 9th innings. Sure, there will be times when the team will struggle, but overall the talent on this team rivals any in the NL East. I predict the Phillies will reclaim their division supremacy by edging out the Braves in Late September for the NL East Pennant.
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It is more than the first series of 2013 for the Philadelphia Phillies and Cole Hamels. These contests are 3 of the 38 most important battles that will determine serious October baseball in Philly. TAL’S HANDY CAPS WELCOME, NEWCOMERS: By design my articles represent a baseball man’s thinking, the view from the dugout and the GM’s box. Most fans do not consider the budget...
PhilliesTags: Ben RevereChad DurbinChase UtleyCole HamelsPhilliesFor the first time in his career, Cole Hamels stepped on the mound on Opening Day with hopes of shutting down the Atlanta hitters and getting his team off to a fast start in the new season.
Unfortunately, he was very “un-Hamels like” tonight.
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Philadelphia Phillies vs. Atlanta Braves
Cole Hamels vs. Tim Hudson
Time: 7 PM, Turner Field
TV: PHL 17, ESPN
Weather: Clear, 62
Media: Twitter and Facebook
Baseball is back. Be excited.
The 2013 season kicks off against the division rival Atlanta Braves, a team the Phillies will certainly be jockeying with for position in the playoff race. But for tonight, it’s just game one...
Utley got off on the right foot in the Phillies loss. (AP)
A near-cycle from Chase Utley wasn’t enough to overcome a shaky start from Cole Hamels as the Braves held off the Phillies, 7-5.
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Happy Opening Night, Phillies fans! Cole Hamels was your Opening Night starter tonight for the first time in his career. Hamels faced Tim Hudson on the mound. Atlanta hopped ahead to an early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. With Jason Heyward on base, Freddie Freeman brought...
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Cole Hamels: The ace of the staff. He’s been sharp through out Spring Training, and should be primed for another big season. Also, he’s grown one heck of a mustache.
Cliff Lee: The team hopes the lefty will bounce back from a disappointing 2012 campaign and become a dominant anchor in the rotation once...
It is more than the first series of 2013 for the Philadelphia Phillies and Cole Hamels. These contests are 3 of the 38 most important battles that will determine serious October baseball in Philly.
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Cole Hamels took the mound on opening day for the Phillies. Hamels fell to the Atlanta Braves, 7-5. (Buzz on Broad)
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It’s finally here Phillies fans. The Phillies will actually be playing baseball tomorrow. They have been playing all spring but these games will actually count! It has been a long off season since the Phillies did not make the playoffs and was the first time since 2007.
Cole Hamels will be getting the start for the Phillies tomorrow night against the Atlanta Braves. It is his...
Philadelphia Phillies (0-0) @ Atlanta Braves (0-0) Pitching Match-Ups:Monday, 7:00 Cole Hamels vs. Tim HudsonWednesday, 7:10 Roy Halladay vs. Paul MaholmThursday, 7:10 Cliff Lee vs. Kris MedlenSurprise Roster Spots:Phillies- Ender Inciarte, the Rule 5 pick, out of the Diamondbacks organization will begin the season as their 5th outfielders, despite never playing above Single-A. Braves...
W: Avilan (1-0, 0.00 ERA) L: Hamels (0-1, 9.00 ERA) SV: Kimbrel (1)
Chase Utley hit his 200th career home run and was a double shy of baseball's first Opening Day cycle since 1950, but his impressive 2013 debut was not enough to get the Phillies started on the right foot in Atlanta. Cole Hamels allowed three home runs in a 7-5 Opening Day loss to the Braves.
Freddie Freeman drove in three runs with three hits, including the first of three Atlanta home runs Monday night, and the Braves beat Cole Hamels and the Philadelphia Phillies 7-5 on opening day.
Dan Uggla and Justin Upton, making his Braves debut, also homered for Atlanta, which led National League teams with 49 in spring training.
Hamels (0-1) struggled in his first opening day...
(Photo: Philliedelphia/Lindsey Crew) The Phillies didn't necessarily start the season off on a good note, but it doesn't really matter because there are 161 games left to play. Cole Hamels was un-Cole-Hamels-like on Monday, getting tagged for five earned runs on seven hits. The Braves took Hamels deep three times...