Fresh from a visit to the US, which included Sunday’s tremendous baseball game between the Oakland A’s and the Toronto Blue Jays, it occurred to me that I could not work out what that sporting idiom actually means.
For example, when a batter has been at bat 6 times and scored 3 hits, he is said to be “3 for 6”.
In fact, “6 for 3” (i.e. 6 at bats for 3 runs) would make more sense to me! I suspect the answer is that it’s just an idiom. But any enlightenment would be appreciated.
(Over here we’d say “3 out of 6”)