The San Francisco Giants finished the first half of the 2012 season with a 46-40 record, which has them in second place in the N.L. West, 1/2 a game behind the Dodgers. Here is a look at the players who made the biggest impacts for the Giants in the first half of the 2012 season, in my opinion:
Team MVP: Melky Cabrera - 27-year old switch-hitting outfielder Melky Cabrera had an amazing first half for the Giants. He played in 83 games for the Giants so far this year and he is 119 of 337 (.353 avg, .910 OPS) with 55 runs scored, 8 homers, 44 RBIs and 10 stolen bases. The Giants need Cabrera to stay hot in the second half of the 2012 season at the plate.
Biggest Surprise: Buster Posey - 25-year old righty swinging catcher Buster Posey has shown no ill effects of his serious injury of 2011. Posey has played in 77 games for the Giants so far this year and he is 79 for 273 (.289 avg, .820 OPS) with 35 runs scored, 10 homers, 43 RBIs and 1 stolen base.
Biggest Disappointment: Tim Lincecum - 28-year old righty starting pitcher Tim Lincecum has been absolutely awful for the Giants this year. He has pitched in 18 games (all starts) for the Giants so far this year and he is 3-10 with a 6.42 ERA and a 1.58 WHIP. He gave up 103 hits and he walked 50 batters in his first 96 2/3 innings while whiffing 104 batters. The Giants hope that Lincecum turns things around in the second half of the 2012 season.