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San Francisco Giants: Why Melky Cabrera Won't Win NL MVP

SEATTLE, WA - JUNE 16:  Melky Cabrera #53 of the San Francisco Giants hits an RBI  single in the fourth inning against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field on June 16, 2012 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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Baily DeeterSenior Writer IIIJune 21, 2012

As some of you may know, Melky Cabrera is playing very well.

Cabrera has a .363 batting average, six home runs and 35 RBI in 2012. His batting average ranks second in the major leagues, and he has shown no signs of slowing down.

And to think the San Francisco Giants got him for Jonathan Sanchez, who is 1-3 with a 5.70 ERA.

The former Royal hits third in the Giants lineup and has continued to get on base. He hasn't knocked in a huge amount of runs, but he does score runs, as he leads the team with 48 this year.

Oh, and Cabrera isn't a terrible fielder.

He can make a diving catch or a catch on the run, he can hold a runner at first base by racing over to the ball and firing a quick throw to the infield, and he can gun down a runner at the plate. He has played very well in left field, and he made a great catch to help save Matt Cain's perfect game.

While Cabrera has a lot of talent and is playing very well, he will not win MVP.

Joey Votto has been great this year, as his .367 batting average leads the MLB. Votto, Ryan Braun, Andre Ethier, Andrew McCutchen and a lot of other players have gotten off to good starts.

However, Cabrera does have a better batting average than all of those players except for Votto.

So, why won't Cabrera win MVP?

First of all, Cabrera doesn't have the numbers. His .363 batting average is great, but six home runs and 35 RBI at this point in the season isn't impressive; a lot of players have 20-plus home runs, and a lot of players have 50-plus RBI.

Cabrera's home run and RBI totals are nowhere close to that of some other players.

While some could argue that guys ahead of Cabrera in the lineup aren't getting on base and setting him up for RBI opportunities, Cabrera's home run totals make that argument invalid. He has done a great job getting on base, but he hasn't hit as well with RISP.

I don't think home runs should have a huge impact on MVP voting, but they do. Nine players have three times as many homers as Cabrera, and Adam Dunn, the home run leader (in the MLB), has 17 more jacks than Cabrera.

Oh, and Cabrera has missed just three games this season.

Sure, Cabrera has gotten on base.

Sure, Cabrera has the second-highest batting average in MLB.

Sure, Cabrera has made a huge impact in San Francisco and should be an MVP candidate.

However, when Cabrera goes up against the best of the best, he won't be taking home the MVP trophy. 

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