The Giants and Dodgers were tied atop the division with identical 64-53 records entering Wednesday night’s games. But that could all change with the breaking news that San Francisco left fielder and 2012 All-Star Game MVP MLB" href="http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/8271981/melky-cabrera-san-francisco-giants-suspended-50-games">Melky Cabrera has been suspended for 50 games (via ESPN.com) for violating Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.
Cabrera is now the second high-profile MLB player to test positive for a banned substance in the past year following Ryan Braun’s offseason test result that has since been overturned.
But unlike Braun, who vehemently denied taking any banned substance, Cabrera has admitted that his positive test was indeed the result of him taking “...a substance I should not have used...”.
The fallout from this news will have far-reaching implications, including jeopardizing Cabrera’s attempts to negotiate a contract extension with San Francisco. Here are four ways that his suspension will impact the Giants’ ability to challenge the Dodgers for the NL West crown.