The Rockies finished up in the first half with a 46-50 (47.9%) record, which has them in 3rd place in the N.L. West, 4.5 games behind the Diamondbacks. The Rockies are also 7.5 games behind the Reds for the final Wild Card spot in the N.L. Here is a look at the players who had the biggest impacts in the first half of the 2013 season for the Rockies, in my opinion:
TEAM MVP: Carlos Gonzalez - 27-year old lefty swinging outfielder Carlos Gonzalez is putting up monster numbers for the Rockies so far in 2013. Gonzalez has played in 91 games for the Rockies so far this year and he is 107 of 354 (.302 avg, .980 OPS) with 68 runs scored, 25 homers, 64 RBIs and 16 stolen bases.
BIGGEST SURPRISE: Jorge De La Rosa - 32-year old lefty starting pitcher Jorge De La Rosa only started 13 games combined in 2011 and 2012, due to injuries…so the Rockies didn’t have high hopes for him in 2013. He has pitched in 19 games (all starts) for the Rockies so far this year and he is 9-5 with a 3.21 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP. De La Rosa has given up 102 hits and 38 walks while whiffing 74 batters in his first 109 1/3 innings this year, which are pretty impressive numbers.
BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT: Jon Garland - 33-year old righty starting pitcher Jon Garland was supposed to give the Rockies a veteran innings eater, but it just didn’t work out. Garland pitched in 12 games (all starts) for the Rockies this year and he was 4-6 with a 5.82 ERA and a 1.59 WHIP. His performance earned his release from the Rockies.