The Philadelphia Phillies finished the first half of the 2012 season in last place in the N.L. East, 14 games behind the Nationals with a 37-50 record. Playing without Ryan Howard and Chase Utley for most of the season has proved too hard for the Phillies to overcome so far this year. Roy Halladay has also missed a big chunk of the 2012 season and that hasn’t helped matters. 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 Ruiz – 33-year old righty swinging catcher Carlos Ruiz has been the Phillies’ best player so far this year. He has played in 78 games for the Phillies so far this year and he is 90 for 257 (.350 avg, .995 OPS) with 41 runs scored, 13 homers, 46 RBIs and 3 stolen bases. The Phillies hope Ruiz stays hot wit the bat in the second half of the 2012 season.
Biggest Surprise: Juan Pierre – 34-year old lefty swinging LF Juan Pierre came to spring training on a minor league deal. It didn’t take him long to stake his claim to the starting LF job for the Phillies and he has played well for them. Pierre has played in 74 games for the Phillies so far this year and he is 74 of 241 (.307 avg, .721 OPS) with 33 runs scored, 1 homer, 18 RBIs and 20 stolen bases.
Biggest Disappointment: Placido Polanco – 36-year old righty swinging 3B Placido Polanco appears to be running on fumes this year for the Phillies. Polanco has played in 73 games for the Phillies so far this year and he is 70 for 263 (.266 avg, .653 OPS) with 27 runs scored, 2 homers and 18 RBIs.