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Primer – What is a Pythagorean expectation?

Pythagorean expectation is the idea that you can calculate a team’s winning percentage based solely on its for and against. It originated with baseball nerds but, according to its Wikipedia article, has been adapted for other sports. It is also where the name of this site came from. Pythago is basically what Pythagoras would have been if he had been Australian.

To rip straight from Wikipedia –

“The basic formula is:

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