Gauging the distance

In this morning’s paper: Dodgers win, move a season-best 30 games over .500.

Um, okay. The Oklahoma City Dodgers, Triple-A farm club for the Los Angeles Dodgers, won their 85th game last night, bringing their record to 85-55. (The Pacific Coast League plays a 144-game season, so the series starting tonight against the Memphis Redbirds will close out the regular season, after which the Dodgers go on to the PCL playoffs.)

And 85-55 is certainly nothing to sneer at. But is it really 30 games over .500? A team that actually was .500 through 140 games would be 70-70 — and would be 15 games behind.





5 comments

  1. JT »

    4 September 2015 · 10:27 pm

    Hey, are you doing math? There’s no math in baseball!

  2. CGHill »

    4 September 2015 · 11:21 pm

    You kidding me? Baseball is basically statistics plus sweat.

  3. Roger Green »

    5 September 2015 · 8:15 pm

    Yeah. Saw a Yankees game this season. They calculate ERA after every out, batting avg after every plate appearance. On-base percentage, slugging percentage, batting average against left-handers, or in day games. 511, .406, 714. LOTS of math.

  4. Mike »

    5 September 2015 · 9:29 pm

    Games above .500 is calculated as the number of losses it would take to fall back to .500. Even if there’s not enough games to reach that before the end of the season. (I was an official scorer in the Appalachian League in the early 1990s).

  5. CGHill »

    5 September 2015 · 10:03 pm

    And with that, the mic is dropped. :)

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