TigsTown MLN: Kink In 'Caps Armor

Rain has certainly halted the momentum of the Whitecaps during their 6 roadie. West Michigan has lost four in a row before their last game win (April 15) against the Peoria Chiefs. This is the first time since the final four games of the 2007 regular season.

Before going on the road, the 'Caps were 6-1. Their luck would run short with the first coming of bad news from the Detroit Tigers announcing that catcher Joe Bowen was to be put on the disabled list with a hyperextended elbow.

Bowen was hitting .111 and went 2-for-18 having one RBI playing in four games. He had not caught since the Whitecaps last home game on April 9. The switch-hitter was selected by the Tigers in the 12th round of the 2006 draft. This is his third season of professional baseball.

The organization called up the switch-hitting catcher Adrian Casanova from the extended spring training to fill the empty spot on the roster.

In two seasons Casanova has seen little time, having played in a combined 48 games in the minors since being drafted by the Tigers in the 40th round of the 2006 draft.

April 10 the rain would then come and shower away their last scheduled home game and first scheduled away game on April 11.

April 14 the ‘Caps were shut out by Peoria, 4-0. This was the first shut out since June 15, 2007 when they lost to the Dayton Dragons 10-0.

Ramon Garcia's last two starts have been less than stellar having posted a 5.95 ERA with 16 hits. There is a little light though. He's averaging 6+ innings and has 19 strikeouts with only one walk in three starts. His next start is scheduled for April 20th vs. the Burlington Bees.

The bullpen has been very shaky as of late. Wilton Garcia and Andrew Hess lead the bullpen's misery--as of late-- with a combined 16.41 ERA.

Getting some wood on the ball is another problem the 'Caps have experience during this road series.

Three and four hitters, Christopher Carlson and Casper Wells have dipped a little, gathering only three RBIs for the club.

Second baseman/designated hitter Justin Henry has poked a few through the infield to give the 'Caps some numbers in the box, but still couldn't bring home any runs.

Catcher Jordan Newton seems to be raising eyebrows with the coaching staff. He has posted a .370 average and .481 slugging percentage, with 10 hits in the seven games he has caught. He is steadily becoming comfortable behind the plate as the team's new starting catcher.

Alfredo Figaro has had the last two Whitecaps wins. On April 15 His masterful seven inning pitching performance ended their four game slump. The Whitecaps beat the Peoria Chiefs 5-1.

Going 1-4 on the road is definitely not something manager Joe DePastino wanted on his second road trip of the season, but with the three game home series against the Burlington Bees coming April 18, the club hopes to turn their bad luck around.

To date (April 16) the Whitecaps (7-5) are tied for second place in the MID Eastern Conference with the Dayton Dragons.

Emmanuel Miguelez (0-0) is scheduled to make the start Friday.

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