Originally written on Baseball Professor  |  Last updated 11/15/14
How good was Melky Cabrera last year? After testing positive for a banned substance and getting slapped with a 50-game suspension that limited him to just 113 games on the season, he still ranked 30th overall.No, that’s not a typo and there’s no loophole in our formulas. Cabrera had enough plate appearances in those 113 games (the bare minimum 501 to qualify for the batting average title) for his .346 average to carry significant weight, and toss in 24 homers/steals, 84 runs, and 60 RBI and you have a very solid overall season.With Cabrera’s 2011 and 2012 success now under serious and deserved scrutiny, a lot of people will rightly call into question his chances of repeating said success in 2013.I’m certainly not an expert on PEDs and their effects on players’ stats, but I do know that Cabrera has had similar walk and strikeout rates for the majority of his seven-year career and he’s increased his line drive rate to league average or better in three of the last four years. Maybe PED...
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