Melky Cabrera won the 2012 All Star MVP Award last night in Kansas City as the NL defeated the AL by a lopsided 8-0 score. Cabrera was the first San Franicisco Giant, since Bobby Bonds to win an All Star MVP, when Bonds took the honor in the 1973 All Star game. 39 years later an unlikely hero Cabrera would have a 2-3 night, while hitting a two-run homer to win the award.
Few baseball aficionados would have imagined Cabrera would even be an All-Star much less win the MVP, after he hit .269 as a Yankee in five seasons with 36 home runs. He would hit four home runs and hit .255 in one season with the Braves.
There was no indication that Cabrera would be anything more than a journeyman outfielder, after his lackluster 2010 season with the Braves. In fact the Braves released Cabrera on October 18, 2010. The Royals would sign Cabrera on December 10, 2010.
Breakthrough Season For Royals in 2011
Cabrera made the most of his chance to play for the Royals in 2011 by hitting .305, hammering 18 home runs, while driving in 87 runs and posting 201 hits. Then the Royals made a huge mistake by trading Cabrera to the Giants for Jonathan Sanchez, who is 1-5 this season with a 6.75 ERA. Sanchez has had no command of his pitches in 2012, issuing 43 walks, while striking out only 34. The Royals also received Ryan Verdugo in the trade, who is 6-2 in AAA with Omaha, while posting a 3.62 ERA. His six wins are the most on the Omaha pitching staff, so he may be called up later this summer.
After joining the Giants, Cabrera picked up where he left off last season and leads the majors in hits with 119 and is well on his way to posting another 200 hit season after having 201 in 2011. All four of his offensive percentage numbers this season are career highs. It wouldn’t surprise me to see Cabrera playing in the postseason in 2012, especially with the two wild card teams in the NL this season.
All Star Game Recap
The 2012 All Star game was really over after the first inning, when the NL took a 5-0 lead and then scored three more times in the fourth inning to take a 8-0 lead. The AL could only manage six singles off the NL pitching.
Cabrera two-run homer in the fourth inning iced the game for the NL. The NL which had gone from 1997-2009 without a win, in an All Star game won for the third straight year last night in Kansas City. The NL has outscored the AL 16-2 in those three games. Most important of all is the fact, that the NL has won home field advantage in the 2012 World Series.
The runaway game drained the game of any drama. It will be interesting to see if the ratings dropped, after the NL took the commanding lead early in the game.
Looking at the Standings
The Yankees are the only major league division leading team, with a commanding lead with their seven game lead over the Baltimore Orioles in the AL East. The White Sox have the smallest lead in the AL, with a three game lead over the second place Indians in the AL Central. The Rangers are holding a four game lead over the Angels in the AL West.
AL Wild Card Race
The Angels and Orioles are tied for the AL wild card lead, with a half game lead over the Rays and a one game lead over the Indians.
The Nationals hold the widest lead in the NL with a four game lead over the Braves. The NL Central race shows the Pirates holding a slim one game lead over the Reds. The Dodgers hold the slimmest lead in the majors, with a half game lead over the Giants.
NL Wild Card Race
The Reds and Braves are tied for the NL wild card lead, with a slim half game lead over the Giants, Mets and Cardinals.
Hottest Teams at the Break
Tigers have the longest current winning streak with five consecutive games won. Pirates are the hottest team in the majors with a 8-2 record in their last ten games. White Sox and Cubs are next with 7-3 records in their last ten.
Pirates are the hottest home team with a 29-14 record at home. The Yankees have posted the best road record at 27-17.
The Red Sox may only have a .500 record, but they lead all major league teams in runs scored with 432. The Reds lead in least runs allowed with 316.
The Rangers and Cardinals have the most runs scored compared to runs allowed with +79 and +70 respectively.
Season Resumes on Friday
With no major league games today or tomorrow, the major league season won’t resume till Friday. The Cardinals will visit the Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati, with the Reds holding a one and-a-half game lead over the Cardinals, as they fight for second place in the NL Central.
The only other key division game, on the slate is when the Mets invade Turner Field, trailing the Braves by half-a-game in the NL East for second place.