They are 1 game behind.To me, this is way more complicated than the points system in the NHL. So in the MLB, the standing would be:
Team A: 15-14
Team B: 16-17
Can you quickly tell me how many games back Team B is in the standings? Its not 1...
If team A is 10-13-3 and team B is 11-10-3, how many points is team A behind team B?
You would answer 2.
But if they win and become 11-13-3 while team B is still 11-10-3, are they equal in record? Or do you ignore the loss column?