Sep 25, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels (35) delivers to the plate during the first inning against the Washington Nationals at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies defeated the Nationals 6-3. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Roy Halladay on Hamels: "It’s his time"

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It seemed as though Cole Hamels was never going to be in the spotlight. It seemed as though he would never be the star of attention.  When pitching alongside aces, Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee, it’s pretty hard to be the number one star pitcher and the head of the starting rotation. 

Well now things have changed. 

It’s Cole Hamels’ time.

If Roy Halladay had a vote, Cole Hamels would start opening day.  Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

On Saturday, Cole Hamels will make the start against the Houston Astros to kick off the first 2013 Phillies Grapefruit League game. Roy Halladay stated, “He deserves that and I think that’s the way it should be. It’s his time. It should have been his spot a long time ago. It’s time for him to establish himself as the head of the staff.”

Halladay has started the past three Opening Day games. Charlie Manuel has not announced who will be the 2013 Opening Day starter yet, but all fingers are pointing to Hamels, and there is no doubt that he deserves the job.

While both Cliff Lee and Roy Halladay had down years last season, Hamels had a phenomenal one. He is one of the most underrated pitchers. Last season, he had an ERA of 3.05, threw 216 strike outs, and had a record of 17-6. After the Phillies saw what Cole Hamels could do in that 2012 season, they knew they had to franchise-tag him, signing him to a six year, 144 million dollar contract.

At age 29, Hamels is in his prime and is ready to shine this 2013 season and in years to come. 

Now it’s Cole’s time and I’m looking forward to it.

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