"I'm sitting here thinking, but I guess we haven't [talked pitching]," Lee said.
At some point over the course of the season, that will change.
"We will, obviously, when we're sitting around in the dugout and stuff during the games," said Lee, who pitched three innings and allowed three runs on five hits Friday in a 13-6 win over the Orioles. "That stuff will happen, but at this point we're on our own routines and not really worried too much about what the other guy is doing. We're just trying to get ourselves ready."
Lee admitted that it's difficult for him to learn too much from Halladay, the man scheduled to pitch in front of him this season.
"He basically throws sidearm righthanded, and I'm over the top lefthanded, and that is as polar opposite as you get. But you can learn from anybody," Lee said. "You can learn sequences and preparation in between their starts. You can pick up things on anybody."
Lee also goes about his business in a much different manner than Halladay.
"For me, I don't really complicate things," Lee said. "I keep it as simple as possible. For me, the more I complicate it, the harder it gets. Halladay doesn't really look at it that way."
Lee said he does not obsess with video of hitters or batter logs, but he does go over hitters with the pitching coach and catcher before a game.
"If I'm mechanically off, I watch video of myself," Lee said. "I go more off just playing the game and feel and reading swings and instinctive stuff rather than having it all scripted and planned out."
So what do the aces talk about?
Hunting and fishing is the answer for now, although they also recently had a fascinating round of golf.
The Phillies' five starters went up against former Atlanta Braves star John Smoltz in a best-ball competition.
"We played our best ball against Smoltz," Lee said. "He beat us on the last hole. I think he cheated. He's really good. I never proclaimed to be good at all, so it wasn't up to me."
Though there has not been a lot of talk about pitching among the starters, Lee has admired the work of Halladay. He said the consensus among himself and the other three members of the rotation is that Halladay is the ace of clubs, meaning he's the best pitcher in baseball.
"I'd like to hear somebody argue someone else," Lee said. "There is no other argument that makes sense. He's the best, and he proves it every time he goes out there," Lee said. "He has been for a while, the last four or five years - six years and probably longer."
As for his outing against the Orioles, Lee was not too concerned with the result.
"I wasn't as sharp as I'd like to be, but that's part of spring training," he said. "I feel good, and physically I feel fine, and that's the main thing."
Contact staff writer Bob Brookover at 215-854-2577