So I’ve been picking through games tonight on MLB.tv and saw that the (17-16) Tigers are playing the (17-20) Angels. 1/5 of the way through the season and there is a 4 games-played disparity between these teams. What is the largest games-played disparity that is possible/has happened?
Thanks to the gamelogs at Retrosheet, the answer turns out to be 15. But as this chart shows, that hasn’t happened since 1917. That 15-game difference, according to Baseball Almanac, was perhaps due to “America’s entry into WWI combined with an unusually wet spring to postpone forty-eight National League games in the first month.” The largest difference since 2000 is 7 games.
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