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Hamels to Start Spring Opener

http://www.delcotimes.com/content/articles/2009/03/17/sports/doc49bf10e3bf297520475645.jpgIt’s official: according to Ryan Lawrence, Cole Hamels will start the Grapefruit League opener against the Houston Astros this Saturday, with speculation running rampant that Hamels will also be pegged the Opening Day starter. Pitching coach Rich Dubee believes he will use Hamels, Roy Halladay, and Cliff Lee in the opening series against Atlanta, with a preference to splitting his lefties according to Matt Gelb. In addition, Gelb reports that Hamels, Halladay, Lee, Kyle Kendrick, and John Lannan are all slated to pitch in order starting Saturday, with Halladay squaring off against Justin Verlander on Sunday.

Adam Morgan and Ethan Martin will start for the opposing sides of Friday’s intersquad game and the following are anticipated pitchers for the rest of the week, courtesy of Gelb:

Friday (Intrasquad): Adam Morgan, Ethan Martin, Cesar Jimenez, Jonathan Pettibone, Mauricio Robles, Kyle Simon and Justin Friend.

Saturday vs. HOU: Cole Hamels, B.J. Rosenberg, Zach Miner, Jeremy Horst, Michael Schwimer and Justin De Fratus.

Sunday at DET: Roy Halladay, Rodrigo Lopez, Antonio Bastardo, J.C. Ramirez, Jake Diekman and Joe Savery.

Monday vs. DET: Cliff Lee, Tyler Cloyd, Mike Stutes, Phillippe Aumont, Jonathan Papelbon and Raul Valdes.

Tuesday vs. NYY: Kyle Kendrick, Aaron Cook, Chad Durbin, Miner and Horst.

Feb. 27 at MIN: John Lannan, Morgan, Bastardo, Rosenberg, Schwimer and De Fratus.

Feb. 28 vs. ATL: Hamels, Martin, Pettibone and Diekman.

Mike Adams is the only pitcher invited to camp who is not slated to pitch. According to Gelb, this was planned: traditionally Adams requests to throw less in the Spring.



  1. EricL

    February 20, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    If they do go Hamels-Halladay-Lee for the first series, I hope all you folks with tickets to the home opener are really looking forward to your Kyle Kendrick performance.

    • Ian Riccaboni

      February 20, 2013 at 12:30 pm

      Which also stinks because, for some unexplainable reason, Kyle Kendrick has the Braves number.

      • hk

        February 20, 2013 at 12:55 pm

        That reason may be a low BABIP in a small sample size. In 44 IP at Turner Field, Kendrick has 18 BB’s and 17 K’s, but has ridden a .248 BABIP to a 2.45 ERA there. I’d sooner take my chances with Hamels, Lee and Doc in ATL and Kendrick vs. KC in the home opener than let Kendrick pitch in ATL.

    • Lefty

      February 20, 2013 at 1:01 pm

      If they come home 3-0 because they pitched those three in The ATL, I’ll be quite happy to watch KK opening day.

      • EricL

        February 20, 2013 at 1:21 pm

        What if they’re 1-2 because they score no runs for Cliff Lee and Halladay’s is the 2012 version of Halladay rather than the 2004-2011 version of Halladay?

        Generally, I agree that three intra-divisional games are more important, but it still kind of sucks to have KK on the bump for your home opener. Maybe they can hope for a rainy day, and get Cole back in there.

  2. Ken Bland

    February 20, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    Not that there’s a bargain pitching opponent to be had, but you’d think Hudson and Medlen go the first 2 for the Braves. So if Cliff gets Game 3, he, “at least” would get an “easier” opponent (Miner?). I hope we get a chance to measure the overreaction with a sweep. Assuming good health, and the top 3 going, at least it’s a chance to get an early feel what the club is against an important opponent. And thankfully, with no Chipper who more or less owned both Doc and Cliff.

    • Steve Bosell

      February 20, 2013 at 1:24 pm

      Mike Minor had a 2.16 ERA with a 0.87 WHIP in the second half last season…

      • schmenkman

        February 20, 2013 at 1:38 pm

        So even better than Kendrick’s 2.87 and 1.06?

        Neither of which is sustainable — Minor .227 babip, Kendrick .239.

        Chances are Minor is better though, or probably will be soon.

      • Ken Bland

        February 20, 2013 at 6:52 pm

        What interests me more is the possibility of maybe Minor is one of these slow starter types. Maybe it’s partly sunny V partly cloudy views.

        Guess Medlen’s getting Opening Day based on this Fredi G quote…

        “I go with the best pitcher on opening day,” Gonzalez said. “It’s like a baseball tradition. After that, it doesn’t matter. At the end of the day everything changes anyway. We don’t know who is going to get hurt, so everything is going to be jumbled after a few weeks.

    • Jeff of Nova

      February 21, 2013 at 9:38 am

      best news of 2013….. Hopefully there will be more Like Howard starts to look like the Howard of old:)

      • The Original Chuck P

        February 21, 2013 at 3:21 pm

        We can only hope, Jeff. I’m a huge Howard supporter… one of the biggest on this site and I can honestly say that I am not too optimistic about RyHo this year. He needed to work really hard this offseason but we know that he got married and is in the process of building a mansion. None of that screams “focus” and “determination.” Being a newlywed is fun and exhausting and challenging… I can’t imagine the stress that must come with building a $23 million mansion. I hope I’m wrong… and I have faith in Howard because he has always worked hard to get better but I can’t help but feel uneasy.

  3. Dave P

    February 20, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    Kyle Kendrick can be just as fun to watch as the big three if he’s firing on all cylinders. And I believe last year he stepped up his game, and became a little more deceptive – batters are swinging more often at pitches outside the strike zone, and making less contact as well. This has led to a higher strike out rate (nothing astronomical though). I think he’s really developed as a pitcher and should win more fans over.

  4. Jeff of Nova

    February 21, 2013 at 8:44 am

    I want to win don’t give 2 craps about who is pitching the home opener.

  5. Don M

    February 21, 2013 at 11:18 am

    I saw Joe Roa as the starter for the Home Opener in 2003 …. I’d be completely fine with Kendrick getting the start if the big 3 get all the starts in ATL

    • EricL

      February 21, 2013 at 4:36 pm

      Oh man, you have my sympathies for enduring that junk.

    • Double Trouble Del

      February 21, 2013 at 9:59 pm

      I think it was 9-0 Pirates before I took my seat.

    • Don M

      February 22, 2013 at 12:05 pm

      The biggest reason I remember this game (besides the fact it was the final Vet Home Opener) … was that the Inquirer weather report said it would be 59 degrees …. as a dumb 20-year-old I wore shorts (though a couple shirts, long sleeves, etc).

      it was FREEZING that day, and it turns out the high temp only got up to 39 !

      How the hell can the newspaper be wrong by 20 degrees as to the expected high temp!!??

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