The Chicago Cubs had a rough first half in 2013, as they finished up with a 42-51 (45.2%) record, which has them in 4th place in the N.L. Central, 15 games behind the Cardinals. The Cubs are also 10 games behind the Reds for the N.L. Wild Card. Here is a look at the players who made the biggest impacts for the Cubs in the first half of the 2013 season, in my opinion:
TEAM MVP: Travis Wood – 26-year old lefty starting pitcher Travis Wood has been the Cubs’ best player in the first half of the 2013 season. He has pitched in 19 games (all starts) for the Cubs so far this year and he is 6-6 with a 2.79 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP. Wood has only given up 89 hits and 38 walks while whiffing 86 batters in his first 122 2/3 innings pitched this year, which is impressive.
BIGGEST SURPRISE: Cody Ransom – When the Cubs signed 37-year old righty swinging infielder Cody Ransom, they weren’t expecting much out of him. But, as the right handed part of a platoon at 3B (Luis Valbuena is the other half), Ransom has played in 34 games for the Cubs in which he is 27 of 97 (.278 avg, 1.003 OPS) with 15 runs scored, 9 homers and 20 RBIs.
BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT: Starlin Castro – 23-year old righty swinging SS Starlin Castro looks like he’s just going through the motions so far in 2013. He has played in 92 games for the Cubs so far this year and he is 94 of 387 (.243 avg, .632 OPS) with 44 runs scored, 6 homers, 29 RBIs and 7 stolen bases. He is also swinging at everything as he has walked 15 times while whiffing 72 times so far this year.