By Justin Adkins:
Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee, perhaps channeling Greg Gross’ mastery of the obvious, has announced that Roy Halladay will start on opening day, April 1 when the Phils face the Houston Astros at Citizens Bank Park.
It’s not known whether Dubee then announced that water is, in fact, wet.
News of Halladay taking the ball on opening day is not exactly a surprise. On a staff full of aces, Halladay is at another level. The Ginger Express is coming off one hell of a 2010 season, where he had a record of 21-10 with a 2.44 ERA, pitched a perfect game, threw the first playoff no-hitter since Larsen’s perfecto in ’56, and won the National League Cy Young award. Not bad.
But numbers aside, Halladay commands the utmost respect and is the obvious figurehead for the newly dubbed “Nightmares On Broad Street.” First to arrive, the last to leave and everything in between, Roy Halladay is the epitome of what a team wants in a true top-of-the-rotation, opening day starting, without a doubt ace.
Oh yeah, and he will be followed by Cliff Lee, Roy Oswalt, and Cole Hamels. Well, and Joe Blanton. Sorry Joe.
Said pitching coach Rich Dubee, “Roy Oswalt and Cole Hamels aren’t your No. 3 and No. 4 pitchers for most staffs and they’re not for ours either. It just happens we can only pitch one guy each day, and that’s just to break them up and give them a different look.”
April 1 is only 26 days away but it still feels like forever.
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