A week ago, I wrote a brief summary of the league’s contenders for the title. Over these 7 days, some things have changed – interestingly, we’ve had a ton of new developments in the league though not specifically related to the trade deadline:
(1) My predicted champion – Chicago Chiefs – is in huge trouble as of today. Yadier Molina left the game today with a strained knee and was sent back to St. Louis – he is expected to be placed on the DL. Miguel Cabrera was pulled in Detroit after reaggravating a hip injury. MLB is also about to finalize its suspensions for players involved in the Biogenesis scandal – among others, Chicago’s Nelson Cruz and Jhonny Peralta are expected to be suspended for at least 50 games. All in all, that could be 4 of the Chiefs’ 12 starters gone for a few weeks at a minimum, and the season as a worst case. Even if Cabrera and Molina somehow avoid the DL, it looks increasingly like Cruz and Peralta and gone dealing their title hopes a significant blow.
(2) My dark horse – the Durham Tobacconists – are pushing almost all their chips into the middle of the table in impressive fashion. Durham added David Price, Chase Utley, Torii Hunter, Nate McLouth, Jose Veras, Doug Fister, Chase Headley and Justin Upton in the past 10 days. Very impressive hauls, and Durham still has a few chips he can play to try to improve the offense.
(3) WGW took a hit with Albert Pujols lost for what looks like the rest of the season, but MVP candidates Mike Trout and Andrew McCutcheon keep the team atop the standings, as they battle with WAR Horse down the stretch. Ervin Santana turned in another gem this evening, and Jean Segura showed signs of emerging from a month-long slump tonight with a double and HR.
If I were a betting man, I’d say the developments on Chicago’s team are too much to overcome, and we’re likely down to a 3 team race (WGW, WAR Horse and Durham Tobacconists), though The Syndicate is still near the top in points, though its IP lead still raise concerns.