# How can a baseball team be ahead by 3.5 games?

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• Anonymous

NL Central: W L Pct. GB Home Road

St. Louis Cardinals 91 71 .562 — 46–35 45–36

Chicago Cubs 83 78 .516 7½ 46–34 37–44

Look at the Games Behind column.

St.Louis won 8 more games than the Cubs, and lost 7 less games than the Cubs.

Average the the two numbers: 8+7=15, 15/2=7.5 or 7 1/2.

For a team to be a whole number behind, eg. 8, they must be 8 wins short and 8 losses more than the team above.

Basically, it depends on the number of games the two compared teams have played.

For example, let's say Team A has played 5 games, and is 5-0. Team B has also played 5 games, and is 0-5. Team A is ahead by 5 wins, so Team A is ahead by 5 games.

However, let's say Team B has only played 4 games, but is still winless at 0-4. Even though Team A has 5 more wins than Team B, since they have not played an equal number of games, Team A is only ahead by 4.5 games. If Team B plays its 5th game and wins, Team A is only ahead by 4 games.

To become ahead by another entire game, one team must win a game and the other must lose. If one team has played an extra game, then the lead will be ?.5 games.

Hope this helps. :)

the comparision team will have had to play at least a game more or less than the original team. A: 7-2 and B: 5-3 is 2 in the win and 1 in the loss making team A 2.5 games ahead

The difference in wins plus the difference in losses. Then divided by two. Being down by a game means that a loss by the winning team and a win by the losing team leaves them tied. When there is a GB involving a half a game it usually means that one team has played an odd amount of more than the other team.

subtract the other teams wins and losses

take the difference between those and divide by 2

Say

Yankees are 50-30

Red Sox 40-39

Yanks 20 over Red Sox 1 over

Difference is 19 Divide by 2 and the Sox are 9. games behind

It happens because teams may not have played the same amount of games on any given day.

• Daniel
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