Ahead in the count in baseball is a phrase used to describe a positive situation for either the pitcher or batter in relation to the count. For example, when a batter has more strikes than balls in the count, the pitcher is ahead since he is closer to striking out the batter. If the batter has more balls than strikes in the count, the batter is ahead since he has a better chance of being walked and getting on base.
The phrase ahead in the count is used to describe who has the advantage in the count: the pitcher or the batter. If there are more strikes than balls, the pitcher is ahead in the count, because he is closer to striking the batter out. If there are more balls than strikes, the batter is ahead in the count, because he is closer to walking than he is to striking out.