McEwing has the higher
Both players had 45 hits in 132
at bats. Then, with the statistics from the next at bats,
McEwing's average is 49 ÷
137, or about .358 while Lieberthal's
batting average is 48 ÷ 135, or about .356.
One way to make sense of this unexpected
result is to imagine that McEwing gets 3 hits in his first
3 at bats while Lieberthal also gets 3 hits in 3 at bats.
Then the pair is still tied. During McEwing's last 2 at
bats, he gets 1 hit. This average of 1 for 2, or .500
is better than his current average, so his batting average