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Phils' Largest Divison Leads

Phillies NL East lead nears double digits.

Phils' Largest Divison Leads

(Ross D. Franklin/AP)
(Ross D. Franklin/AP)

By Sunday night, the 2011 Phillies could be just the third club in franchise history to open up a lead of double-digits in its divison/league:

  Largest     Latest Final     Final
Season     Lead Date Pos. GA (GB)
1976 15.5 Aug. 24 1st  9.0
1993 11.5 June 14 1st  3.0
2011   9.5 Aug. 6
1977   9.0 Sept. 17       1st  5.0
2009   8.5 Sept. 3 1st  6.0
1915   8.0 Oct. 1 1st  7.0
2001   8.0 June 1 2nd (2.0)
Bob Vetrone Jr.
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