The MLB Regular Season ends on Sunday, October 3rd – giving us 33 more days before our fantasy leagues are decided. We’re therefore increasing the frequency of our posts to provide short reviews of all 43 Main Event Leagues. These mid-week updates were not requested by anyone, but because I know what the masses are looking for without being asked, there’s no need to wait for a general consensus…
In case you’re wondering about these win probabilities, remember that the sophisticated estimations of the likelihood of victory utilize a Cray supercomputer (which is highly accurate, in case you’re unfamiliar with supercomputers).
For today’s article we’ll examine six leagues total - all drafted online either 3/30 or 3/31 (#1548; #1563; #1564; #1596; #1597; #1598). Currently 2 teams out of the 90 total participating in these six Main Event leagues is in the top 20 of the overall standings.
All standings information is as of Wednesday 9/1 (AM).
MAIN EVENT #1548: 3/30 ONLINE – MEEHAN SENDS THEM FLEEIN’
Ø Who led this league? Steve Sanchez (4/4-4/11; 4/25-5/23; 6/13 tie); Sammy Reid (4/18); Michael Meehan (5/30-6/6; 6/13 tie; 6/20-9/1)
Ø League Summary: Steve Sanchez and Michael Meehan traded the league lead back and forth until Meehan took the upper hand in late June. He’s held it ever since and has built a relatively sizeable advantage of 10 points as we turn the page into September. Sammy Reid would need a strong push to challenge him for first, but looks to be in good shape to capture second nonetheless. Then there are three or four teams that might challenge Christopher Torres for third, including Sanchez; KJ Duke; and Jeff Mitseff.
MAIN EVENT #1563: 3/30 ONLINE – ABDUL IS NO FOOL
Ø Who led this league? Wade Schmidt (4/4-4/11; 5/9); Lawrence Schechter (4/18; 8/1-8/15); Errol Thompson (4/25; 5/16; 6/20); David DiDonato (5/2); KC Cha (5/23-6/13; 6/27-7/25); Abdul Madani (8/22-9/1)
Ø League Summary: Six different fantasy owners have led this league, but it looked like KC Cha had a good chance to pull away as he led from late May to late July (except for one week). But then Lawrence Schechter caught him and held on until mid-August until the Main Event defending champ Abdul Madani swept past him. Madani now has a significant 9.5-point edge on his league-mates, with Errol Thompson, Cha, and Schechter all looking to make a push in the final month. If they can’t do so, it will still be a scramble for the second and third positions in this league, so I’m betting that the drama isn’t over in this race.
MAIN EVENT #1564: 3/30 ONLINE – SLACK HAS A KNACK
Ø Who led this league? Brian Slack (4/4-5/2; 8/15; 8/29-9/2); Jeremy Brader (5/9-8/1); Christopher Torres (8/8; 8/22)
Ø League Summary: Brian Slack jumped out early, but then Jeremy Brader seemingly took control on May 9th, building up to a 24.5 point lead on 6/13. But his lead slowly fell and on August 8th Christopher Torres was able to move in front. But who was lurking in the shadows? It was none other than the indomitable Mr. Slack, who has pushed back up front. This one is still highly competitive though, as Brian’s 6-point lead doesn’t salt it away. Brader, Torres and Isaac Cockburn in particular have a real chance, and Matthew Davis is not one to overlook. This one looks to be close!
MAIN EVENT #1596: 3/31 ONLINE – MITCHELL WANTS TO BE RICHELL
Ø Who led this league? Alan Mitchell (4/4-4/11; 7/11-9/1); Robert Henke (4/18-4/25); Clark Olson (5/2-5/9; 5/16 tie; 5/23-7/4); Ned Donohue (5/16 tie)
Ø League Summary: Alan Mitchell got out fast in this league, but Robert Henke moved in front before Clark Olson started to really roll – leading for two months and rising to #3 overall on 6/27. But that did not deter Alan Mitchell, who jumped past him on 7/11 and reached the #2 overall position between 7/25-8/8. Mitchell is still #5 overall and in contention for the overall championship, and looks like a good bet to win this league with only Olson having a real shot to o