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Melky Cabrera, the quote/unquote NL batting title champion, was suspended 50 games for testing positive for a banned substance. However, his suspension will have ended during the postseason, yet the Giants chose to leave him off their roster. Will this exclusion cost the Giants another World Series pennant?
In place of Cabrera, Gregor Blanco and Xavier Nady will man left field. Neither of them are suitable replacements though. Many have questioned who will see the majority of playing time, but there hasn’t been an accepted consensus.
My colleague, John Coleman, jokingly teased, “Nady hits for power, Blanco hits for average. Or, let me rephrase that: Nady hopes for power, Blanco prays for hits.”
Therefore, with the loss of Cabrera, there is a huge three-headed hole: power, average, and defense. Will a lineup without Melky cost the Giants another title?