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Melky Cabrera Suspension: Will Giants Outfielder Win NL Batting Title?

Even though San Francisco Giants outfielder Melky Cabrera is out for the rest of the year, he still has a shot at winning the NL batting title despite being an at bat shy of meeting qualifications.

Cabrera will effectively end his season with 501 plate appearances, leaving the ALL-Star game MVP one at bat shy of the necessary 502 to be considered. Luckily MLB will give him a fake at bat, receiving a theoretical 0-for-1, pushing his batting average to .34562, effectively leaving him as the leader in the clubhouse if you will. He'll also bring his 159 hits and 84 runs along with him as well.

There are a number of other players that are contending for the batting title, like the Pirates' Andrew McCutchen, who currently leads the NL with a .358 batting average, the Dodgers Matt Kemp, who may not qualify himself because of lack of plate apperances, and the Reds Joey Votto, who currently owns a .342/.465/.604 slash line this year.

I'm not sure how his suspension affects the voters opinion, but just by the numbers, Melky could be the winner come season's end.

Baseball. Gotta love it.

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