The Chicago Cubs were pretty awful in the first half in 2012 as they were 33-52. That has them in fifth place in the N.L. Central, 15 games behind the Pirates. 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: Ryan Dempster - 35-year old righty starting pitcher Ryan Dempster missed part of this season due to injury, but he was still the Cubs’ MVP of the first half of the 2012 season. Dempster pitched in 13 games (all starts) for the Cubs so far this year and he is 4-3 with a 1.99 ERA and a 1.01 WHIP. Dempster is going to be prime trade bait in the Cubs’ rebuilding project.
Biggest Surprise: Bryan LaHair - 29-year old lefty swinging 1B/RF Bryan LaHair has proved to be a true late bloomer for the Cubs. LaHair played in 74 games for the Cubs in the first half of the 2012 season and he was 66 of 231 (.286 avg, .883 OPS) with 32 runs scored, 14 homers, 30 RBIs and 1 stolen base. LaHair was picked to the All-Star teams by the players’ vote which should tell you something about him.
Biggest Disappointment: Carlos Marmol & Geovany Soto - 29-year old olds Carlos Marmol and Geovany Soto have been huge disappointments this year for the Cubs. Righty closer Carlos Marmol has been hard to watch this year, due to his utter lack of control. Marmol has pitched in 31 games (0 starts) for the Cubs so far this year and he is 1-2 with 8 saves, a 5.61 ERA and a 1.87 WHIP. Marmol has only given up 20 hits and he has whiffed 33 batters in his first 25 1/3 innings this year, which is impressive but, he has also walked 28 batters and that has caused him a lot of trouble. Righty swinging catcher Geovany Soto has been awful with the bat for the Cubs so far this year. Soto has played in 41 games for the Cubs so far this year and he is 25 of 141 (.177 avg, .597 OPS) with 18 runs scored, 6 homers and 12 RBIs.