Add Roy Halladay to the list of people who thinks Cole Hamels should start on Opening Day. Doc on Thursday said that the time is now for Hamels to head the Phillies' rotation.
Most pitchers of Halladay's stature would give a generic answer when asked a question like "Who should start Opening Day?" But Halladay is one of those guys who just gets it, and has such a small, unassuming ego for an athlete who has accomplished so much.
Halladay has made 10 consecutive Opening Day starts, tying him for the 11th-longest streak of all-time. In those starts Halladay is 5-3 with a 3.31 ERA and 1.10 WHIP. Interestingly, he's allowed 10 homers in those 10 starts.
Hamels, of course, has never started on Opening Day. He was all set to do it in 2009 following a brilliant postseason run, but elbow tightness delayed his first start.
The Phillies' first game is an Monday night ESPN game April 1 in Atlanta. Current Braves are hitting .224 with a .655 OPS against Hamels, but if you subtract Brian McCann, who is doubtful to play because of offseason surgery, they're hitting .204/.263/.302.
The combination of Jason Heyward, the Upton brothers, Dan Uggla and Freddie Freeman is 24-for-116 (.207) against Hamels with three homers, 10 walks and 38 strikeouts.