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Whitecaps need to play much better on the road

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The West Michigan Whitecaps are having nearly as much success as their parent team in the Detroit Tigers. A major part of the success for this team continues to be its play at home.
In the overall standings for the East Division of the Midwest League, the Whitecaps have a 53-38 record. That trails South Bend by 2 ½ games. But at home, the Whitecaps remain supreme with a 31-15 record. They need very badly to improve their away record if they hope to be a factor in the league title drive down the stretch. They are 22-23 on the road. They are 5-5 in their last 10 games and need to make a move soon to keep the momentum going strong.
For the second half of the season, the Whitecaps are 12-9. This comes after winning the first-half standings with a fine 41-29 record. They definitely got their bats rolling Friday night with 15 hits in a 7-4 victory at Dayton. It definitely helped that they were the recipient of four Dayton errors.
Wynton Brand, the 23-year-old prospect from San Diego and former college player at Niagara, continues to play well from his outfield spot. He's hitting .326 this season with five homers and 52 RBIs, plus 32 stolen bases. But in his last 10 games, Bernard is seeing the ball extremely well, batting .385 with a .455 on-base percentage. He has 15 hits and two runs scored in that time span
Another California prospect, Dominic Ficociello, who hails from Anaheim but played coach ball in Arkansas, has hit 3-for-3 with six homers and 38 RBIs. But he's also been hot in his last 10 games with a ..419 batting average, five doubles and five runs scored with a .535 slugging percentage and .457 on-base percentage.
West Michigan just needs to pick up its effort on the road more consistently. If the Whitecaps achieve that, it's going to be a fun July and August.



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