Difference in Team Games Played on Schedule

Over in the “Effectively Wild” Facebook group, there was this question posed:

Sam Gerweck
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.

 

Difference Date Vis Vis Lg Vis Gm # Home Home Lg Home Gm #
0 20161002 HOU AL 162 ANA AL 162
1 20161002 CLE AL 161 KCA AL 162
2 20160915 PIT NL 145 PHI NL 147
3 20160824 HOU AL 127 PIT NL 124
4 20160619 TOR AL 72 BAL AL 68
5 20150712 TOR AL 91 KCA AL 86
6 20150701 KCA AL 75 HOU AL 81
7 20000730 NYA AL 100 MIN AL 107
8 19970727 OAK AL 106 CLE AL 98
9 19980719 NYA AL 92 TOR AL 101
10 19820613 MIN AL 62 TEX AL 52
11 19790715 SDN NL 96 MON NL 85
12 19640524 WS2 AL 40 CHA AL 28
13 19740616 SDN NL 68 MON NL 55
14 19320712 NY1 NL 75 CIN NL 89
15 19170729 PHI NL 84 CIN NL 99

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