The Rockies finished the first half tied for last in the N.L. West (with the Padres) with a 33-52 record, which has them 13 games behind the Dodgers. Here is a look at the players who made the biggest impacts in the first half of the 2012 season, in my opinion:
Team MVP: Carlos Gonzalez – 26-year old lefty swinging outfielder Carlos Gonzalez had a monster first half in 2012. Gonzalez played in 78 games for the Rockies last year and he was 104 of 315 (.330 avg, .967 OPS) with 61 runs scored, 17 homers, 58 RBIs and 11 stolen bases. I think Gonzalez is going to finish the 2012 season strongly.
Biggest Surprise: Wilin Rosario – 23-year old righty swinging catcher Wilin Rosario has taken full advantage of Ramon Hernandez’ injury this year. Rosario has played in 58 games for the Rockies this year and he is 47 of 190 (.247 avg, .800 OPS) with 29 runs scored, 14 homers, 36 RBIs and 3 stolen bases. The only negative with Rosario is his utter lack of plate discipline as he has whiffed 53 times so far this year while only walking 8 times.
Biggest Disappointment: Jeremy Guthrie – The Rockies dealt for 33-year old righty starting pitcher Jeremy Guthrie last winter with the idea of him being #2 in the rotation in 2012. But, he has recently been demoted to the bullpen because of an utter lack of performance. Guthrie has pitched in 17 games (13 starts) for the Rockies so far this year and he is 3-8 with a 6.05 ERA and a 1.64 WHIP. Guthrie has given up 109 hits (18 homers) in his first 83 1/3 innings this year as he has been pitching extended batting practice for the opposing teams.