Major League Baseball took another blow to its credibility when San Francisco Giants slugger Melky Cabrera recently tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs and was given a 50-game suspension.
While the MLB continues to reassess the enforcement of its drug policy as players consistently test positive over the years, Cabrera’s resulting suspension has major implications for the National League West standings.
The Giants and Dodgers are now going back and forth for the No. 1 spot in the division, and with the race so tight, it’s crucial that both teams play their best baseball day in, day out.
As the two rivals enter their first of three remaining head-to-head series, let’s take a look at how the two teams stack up against one another, keeping in mind how Melky Cabrera’s absence affects the teams.