A look at the Phillies as opening day nears. The Phillies began the 2013 season 7:10 p.m. Monday at the Atlanta Braves.

Starting rotation

The Phillies continue to be a team built on starting pitching.

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The Phillies feature three of the games best in Cole Hamels, Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee. If they perform well, the Phillies should be in contention for a playoff spot.

Hamels (17-6, 3.05 ERA) will start opening day. Halladay struggled in spring training with a 6.06 ERA in 161/3 innings, but Phillies officials say he is healthy and expect to him pitch well this season.

Kyle Kendrick and John Lannan round out the rotation. Kendrick was 9-4 with a 2.87 ERA after last season’s All Star break. Lannan pitched mostly in the minor leagues last season but did have a 4-1 record for the Washington Nationals in six starts.

Michael McGarry, Staff Writer

MMcGarry@pressofac.com, 609-272-7185

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