# Games back

To calculate games back (GB) of a baseball team, just use the following formula:

Games back = (Difference in wins + Difference in losses) / 2

The formula above applies only to a team and it is used to determine the number of GB a team is from the first place.

The difference in wins is a always positive number, so is the difference in losses

Therefore, when computing the GB, always do bigger number - smaller number so that the difference is always positive

Example:

Use the following table to compute the GB between the first place and the other teams

 Team Number of wins Number of losses GB First place team 34 22 N/A Second place team 30 24 3 Third place team 28 26 5 Fourth place team 24 28 8

GB between first place and second place = (Difference in wins + Difference in losses) / 2

Differences in wins = 34 - 30 = 4

Differences in losses = 24 - 22 = 2

GB between first place and second place = (4 + 2) / 2

GB between first place and second place = (6) / 2

GB between first place and second place = 3

GB between First place and third place = (Difference in wins + Difference in losses) / 2

Differences in wins = 34 - 28 = 6

Differences in losses = 26 - 22 = 4

GB between first place and third place = (6 + 4) / 2

GB between first place and second place = (10) / 2

GB between first place and second place = 5

GB between first place and fourth place = (Difference in wins + Difference in losses) / 2

Differences in wins = 34 - 24 = 10

Differences in losses = 28 - 22 = 6

GB between first place and third place = (10 + 6) / 2

GB between first place and second place = (16) / 2

GB between first place and second place = 8

Note that the formula above can be used to calculate the games back for other sports. It does not have to be baseball only.

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