Making the Case For, Against Each of Phillies' Big 3 Starting on Opening Day

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Making the Case For, Against Each of Phillies' Big 3 Starting on Opening Day
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After a long, arduous and for the Philadelphia Phillies, somewhat confusing and disappointing offseason, the days until the first pitch of 2013 is thrown are finally winding down. Simply put, the baseball season is almost upon us.

As we speak, pitchers and catchers have already reported to duty and their position player teammates are sure not to be far behind. Already the weather in Philadelphia is improving and every one in the city is awaiting the return of their beloved Phils.

For fans this brings hope, joy, excitement, anticipation and of course, questions.

How will Chase Utley's knees hold up? Will Ryan Howard's power return? How in the world will the new outfield platoon work out? Where will the runs come from? What will come of the new bullpen?

And perhaps the most important and most immediate question, one that its answer will no doubt set the tone for the season: Which of the Big Three will get the nod to start Opening Day? 

Each of the three aces has an impressive enough resume to get the start but unlike in the past few years, it is not a clear cut choice. Roy Halladay is no longer the clear cut #1 on this team, Cliff Lee has been inconsistent and Cole Hamels is primed to be the ace of the future.

Still, there is no easy answer as all three aces will enter the 2013 season with a clean slate and on even ground. Any of the three can be given the start and when it comes down to it, there really is no bad choice. What there is however is a best choice.

Here are the pros and cons to each of the big three getting to throw the first pitch of the 2013 Phillies' season. 


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