TigsTown MLN: 'Caps Cruising Again

The West Michigan Whitecaps are coming off a championship year, and what better way to keep their fans excited than starting their first full week off with a bang going 5-1. With only one loss - a 5-1 defeat against the Great Lake Loons on Tuesday - the Whitecaps mark their second best start in club history.

With four games having played in, heavy hitters outfielder Casper Wells and first baseman Christopher Carlson each lead their team with a .350 average and combined totals of 4 home runs, 13 RBIs, and 8 runs.

Big third baseman Ron Bourquin proves he's a solid five spot hitter as he posted up a .318 average and 5 RBIs.

Though the offense looks to be gaining much momentum, the pitching staff isn't skipping a beat.

Each of the Whitecaps starting pitchers is averaging 4+ innings and are keeping batters guessing striking out a combined 22.

Manager Joe DePastino has very much to look forward to in his first year with the team-- especially up the middle-- with strong performances by catchers Jordan Newton and Joe Bowen, who bat well at the bottom of the lineup, a talented rotation, a good one-two combo and consistent hitting from shortstop Audy Ciriaco and second baseman Justin Henry. Not to mention last year's 34th round pick centerfielder Kyle Peter, who seems to be getting more confidence batting leadoff.

One pitching note to add. The bullpen seems to be a bit off posting a high ERA, notably Andrew Hess. His two game performance left him with an 11.25 ERA.

The Whitecaps will be on the road for a week after Thursday, April 10, before coming back to play the Burlington Bees.

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