the man asked in SportsBaseball · 5 months ago

Why do two baseball teams face each other 2 or 3 times in as many days? Like shouldn't the results be decided after a single encounter?

I am a huge cricket fan and recently decided to watch some MLB highlights videos, but on every highlight channel, I saw videos of the same teams facing each other in about 2 or 3 games consecutively? 

Can someone explain why is that so?

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6 Answers

  • 454545
    Lv 5
    5 months ago

    Why do cricket matches last 5 days?

  • 5 months ago

    This year is different of course due to Covid, but normally, the regular season is 162 games and lasts 6 months--or about 26 weeks.   In other words,  teams will play about 6 games a week.  It would be way too hard to do that if they had to get on a plane after each game.  That's why they'll play 3 or 4 games against the same team at a time.

  • 5 months ago

    Because that's whats realistically possible in a 162 game season. Travel costs and the time required for the season would be prohibitive if teams only played 1 game in a location and then moved on. Sports that play one game and then move on have much fewer games in a season.

  • Anonymous
    5 months ago

    Why keep track of individual games at all? Just keep a running tally of runs scored and runs allowed and the teams with the largest run differential at the end of the season are the ones who make the playoffs.

    Then have all of those teams play each other in the postseason and the one with the largest run differential is champ.

    In the event of a tie those teams play each other to determine the champion.

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  • 5 months ago

    Because baseball games don't go on for three to five days like cricket matches.  

    Just as cricket is played in "tests" (I believe that is the correct word for the full, multi-day match), baseball plays in "series," most of which are either 3 or 4 games. Both the "test" and "series" formats allow teams to involve their full rosters and gauge how their full teams "match up" against one another.

    Regular season records are based on individual game results, but analysts will point to series results as the better gauge of a team's overall quality. This is because, in the playoff rounds, champions are determined by series results.  The regular season, therefore, is like a preparation for the playoffs, allowing teams to see how they match up over multiple days.

  • Katy M
    Lv 7
    5 months ago

    That way they can have more games without as much travel time.

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