The San Francisco Giants are trying to deal with the loss of Melky Cabrera to the American League and trying to fill the void he left in the lineup.
The loss of the talented player won’t hurt too bad because he was suspended in the middle of the season a year ago due to the use of a banned substance. Bruce Bochy will have to find an answer to the hole in the top of their order because of his absence.
He would be the first to tell you that his lineup is as good, or better, than the one he threw out there last season that led them to a World Series title. The Giants are basically the same team and they will be just fine without Cabrera. They have Buster Posey and Pablo Sandoval to carry the offensive load in the middle of the lineup while Angel Pagan and Marco Scutaro are a speedy No. 1 and No. 2 combo that can get on base and score runs.
Scoring runs won’t be an issue without Cabrera as they ranked close to the top of the league in that category a year ago. They can score, hit for average, and for some, hit for power.
If Posey can have another MVP-caliber season, this Giants squad will not even realize Cabrera left. While many people may not think it’s a big loss, he was a guy that led the league in batting average until his suspension and was driving in runs left and right.
The Giants don’t have any true superstars in their lineup, but if they all play like they did at the end of last season, the loss of Cabrera will almost be an afterthought.