He went from WS MVP to an average Joe last year. If the Phils hope to get back to the Series, they certainly need him to perform this year.
Pairing a dominant Hamels with Halladay could be considered illegal in many states.
WASHINGTON - Cole Hamels will make the first start of what he and every Phillies fan hopes is a rebound year tomorrow. The hope is that he will be as dominant for six or seven innings as he was at the start of his last spring-training appearance on Friday, and that he won't have one of those innings where everything goes to hell, the way it also did Friday, the way it did so many times last season, the way it did against the Yankees in the World Series.
Yesterday Roy Halladay provided a blueprint, a helpful Hamels reminder, showed us why any time you asked someone about the Phillies' dealings this winter, the answer inevitably ended with, "But Roy Halladay is the best pitcher in baseball."
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