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Games Behind

Postby bambam » Wed Oct 03, 2012 1:24 pm

OK, I have a conundrum related to baseball (or any team sport standings). If a team's record if 80-60, are they 20 games over 500 (which would be 80-80), or 10 games over 500 (which would be 70-70)?
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Re: Games Behind

Postby Conor Dary » Wed Oct 03, 2012 1:35 pm

20 games above .500. They would have to lose 20 games to get to .500. Ditto the other way..
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Re: Games Behind

Postby tandfman » Wed Oct 03, 2012 2:18 pm

Yes, that's the common parlance. I can understand bambam's point, but you can't replay the games that have already been played. You have to get back to .500 one game at a time, and you can do it only by winning future games, not by changing the results of past games.
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Re: Games Behind

Postby gh » Wed Oct 03, 2012 2:46 pm

Logic/math have no place in this discussion. The flawed parlance has been part of the game forever and it's not going to change, so go with it. Everybody who cares understands it, and that's all that matters.

I mean a "300 hitter" is actually only hitting three 10ths.
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Re: Games Behind

Postby j-a-m » Wed Oct 03, 2012 11:43 pm

bambam wrote:If a team's record if 80-60, are they 20 games over 500 (which would be 80-80),

They are 20 games over 500 (which would be 60-60).
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