The 'Caps clinched a postseason date with the Lake County Captains on Sunday, after a loss by Lansing gave the team all they needed to make the playoffs. But it didn't come easy, by any means.
After the team took three of four from Great Lakes, it seemed as though West Michigan was going to have no problem sealing their fate in the postseason going into a three game swing against the Lugnuts.
But, such was not the case, as the 'Caps lost three close games against Lansing, which led to the entire season coming down to a three game series against last year's Midwest League champion: Fort Wayne.
West Michigan did not disappoint. The 'Caps took two of three from the Tin Caps, and are now looking ahead to their Game One matchup at home against the Captains.
While Lake County is more than likely favored to win the series, it is still the farthest thing from a lock. The Captains have struggled in the second half of the season after a strong first half; furthermore, the Whitecaps have had the Captains number in the second half of the season, taking the majority of head to head contests.
With that being said, the 'Caps need to see results from 3B Wade Gaynor and OF Avisail Garcia if they want to have a chance in the series. While both players have ended the regular season on a solid note, they haven't been the most clutch hitters consistently throughout the season, something that manager Joe DePastino will probably want to see change when they face Lake County.
On the mound, the 'Caps are going to be relying on RHP Trevor Feeney (12-13, 3.46) and LHP Jared Wesson (7-2, 3.44) to carry them into the next round. While both pitchers have been pretty consistent all year, Wesson is coming off his first rough start of the season, so it will be interesting to see how he responds.
It will also be interesting to see when they give Feeney the nod in the series, as he hasn't had a whole lot of rest since his last start. However, as he has proven all season, pitching more innings than expected isn't a problem for him.
The three game series starts tomorrow night at 7 p.m., and will be the only home playoff game during the series. The 'Caps then head to Ohio to finish the series. The winner of this series will either see Great Lakes or Fort Wayne in the Eastern Division Championship.