With the help of Baseball-Reference, here’s how many days each of the teams in the NL East has been in first place over the past three seasons (as defined by Baseball-Reference, this is the number of days a team both played and was in first at the end of the day):

 
2007

2006

2005

Total
NYM 140 158 0 298
ATL 29 2 100 131
WAS 0 0 53 53
FLA 2 0 29 31
PHI 4 0 2 6

Over the past three years, the Phils biggest lead in the division has been one game. The Phils haven’t spent a lot of the time with a piece of the division lead early thanks to their miserable starts — they went 10-14 in April in 2005 and 2006 and 11-14 in 2007.

During 2006 there was only one day when the Mets played a game and didn’t end the day at least tied for first place (it was after they lost their second game of the season on April 5, 2006). They also played three double-headers in ’06, which is why the 158 number isn’t higher.

Yesterday the Phillies lost to the Pirates 8-5 to drop to 4-9 in spring training.

JD Durbin got the start and came into the game having allowed four home runs in six spring innings. He didn’t give up a home run but got hit hard nonetheless. He went 3 1/3 innings and allowed five runs on eight hits and two walks. Six of the eight hits went for extra-bases, all doubles. Six is too many doubles to give up in 3 1/3 innings. Youman was next and he didn’t impress this time out, either. He went 2 1/3 and allowed two runs on a single and three walks. Condrey pitched a scoreless seventh, allowing one batter that he hit with a pitch. Gordon started the eighth with the Phils down 7-5 and gave up a leadoff double to super-prospect Andrew McCutchen. McCutchen would come around to score on a two-out single by Chris Gomez before Flash got the third out. On the day, Gordon was charged with one run on two hits in the inning, raising his spring ERA to 13.50. It’s not the spring ERA that matters so much as the fact he gets hammered every time he goes out.

Offensively the Phils got solo homers from Burrell, Feliz and Howard. Second of the spring for Burrell and Feliz, third for Howard. Chris Snelling had an RBI-double in his only at-bat, he’s hitting .235. Coste was 0-for-3 with two strikeouts to drop his average to .200. Helms was 1-for-1 with a single.

The Phillies do not play today and will face the Blue Jays tomorrow.

Lidge, Eaton and Benson all impressed yesterday.

Column about shortstop prospect Freddy Galvis here. Here’s hoping Rollins doesn’t go down, cause I’m not sure exactly how it would translate but a .507 OPS in the New York-Penn League doesn’t signal impending success at the major league level.

This says Shane Victorino is getting married next November.