The Houston Astros are in last place in the N.L. Central with a 33-53 record, which has them 15.5 games behind the Pirates. The Astros are likely going to get a lot worse before things start to get better for them down the road. 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: Jose Altuve - 22-year old righty swinging 2B Jose Altuve made it to the All-Star team as the Astros’ lone representative and he deserved the honor. Altuve played in 79 games for the Astros in the first half of the 2012 season and he was 96 of 317 (.303 avg, .783 OPS) with 48 runs scored, 5 homers, 27 RBIs and 15 stolen bases. The Astros hope that Altuve finishes strongly in 2012.
Biggest Surprise: Lucas Harrell - 27-year old righty starting pitcher Lucas Harrell was a longshot this spring to win a job in the Astros’ rotation. He not only won a job, but he has pitched pretty solid baseball for them this year. Harrell has started 17 games for the Astros so far this year and he is 7-6 with a 4.56 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP.
Biggest Disappointment: Brian Bogusevic - 28-year old lefty swinging Brian Bogusevic has been the starting RF for the Astros, but he isn’t doing much with the bat. He has played in 81 games for the Astros so far this year and he is 53 of 244 (.217 avg, .636 OPS) with 33 runs scored, 6 homers, 21 RBIs and 9 stolen bases. The Astros could look to replace Bogusevic in RF if he doesn’t start hitting better in the second half of the 2012 season.