Melky Cabrera may have not been the leading candidate for the NL MVP award when he incurred his 50-game suspension.
But what if the San Francisco Giants were to make the postseason? A lot of focus would be on the Giants left fielder who was having a career year, leading the league in batting average for a good portion of the season whilst throwing up double-digit triples.
So, with Melky doped up and out for the rest of the season, he will receive no consideration in the MVP voting. Who then is deserving of the award? Compared to the AL, there are a lot more players in the mix in the National League, some putting up some amazing stats in 2012. Many of them, however, come from subpar teams, which will help weed out those who play in less fortunate circumstances.
The following consists of a list of those who will garner votes at the end of the year, starting off with those with the best chances.