The Rockies are sitting at 43-48 on the season right now which has them in 3rd place in the N.L. West, 8.5 games behind the Giants. The Rockies are also 10.5 games behind the Braves in the Wild Card race. The Rockies could be either buyers or sellers based on the next three weeks. Here is a look at the players who made the biggest impact for the Rockies in the first half of the 2011 season:
Team MVP: 26-year old righty swinging shortstop Troy Tulowitzki is still the best player on the Rockies (Carlos Gonzalez is closing in on him). Tulowitzki has played in 86 games for the Rockies so far this year and he is 89 for 332 (.268 avg, .825 OPS) with 44 runs scored, 17 homers, 57 RBIs and 6 stolen bases. Tulowitzki is the player the Rockies could least afford to lose.
Biggest Surprise: 37-year old lefty swinging 1B Todd Helton has looked like he was toast the last couple of years. But, he has come back with a vengeance this year. Helton has played in 80 games for the Rockies so far this year and he is 87 for 271 (.321 avg, .894 OPS) with 38 runs scored, 10 homers and 41 RBIs. The Rockies hope that Helton can stay healthy and finish strongly this year.
Biggest Disappointment: 26-year old lefty swinging 3B Ian Stewart had a solid year in 2010 and the Rockies were expecting even more out of him this year. But, that hasn’t happened! Stewart has played in 27 games for the Rockies so far this year and he is 7 for 66 (.106 avg, .339 OPS) with 5 runs scored, 0 homers, 1 RBI and 1 stolen base. He has whiffed 22 times already this year and he has spent more time in AAA than with the Rockies so far this year.