By Eric Schmidt

For the first time in his career, Philadelphia Phillies SP Cole Hamels will be the Opening Day starter. Coming off a career year in win total (17) strikeouts (216) and while posting a 3.05 ERA, Hamels gets the starting job over fellow Phillies pitchers Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee.

Hamels is entering his eighth season with Philadelphia and told reporters that he relishes the opportunity to be the Opening Day starter. “It’s something I will cherish and to be able to get your team off to the right start, that’s ultimately what it is, it sets the tone for the whole season.”

The lefthander inked a deal with Philadelphia last summer prior to becoming a free agent and told the media he feels very comfortable where he is at this point in his career. “Comfort is everything. Where you’re comfortable you’re able to be happy, you’re able to play at the best level you can and this is where I’m comfortable. I know this organization really well. I look forward to seeing the players they draft every year come up because I know they’re going to make a difference because they’ve done a phenomenal job.”

Hamels, 29, has a career record of 91-60 with a 3.34 ERA.

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