On this week’s podcast, Bob returns from his spiritual journey to the northeast to talk some baseball with Andy. The duo start the show talking about Chris Sale‘s Britney Spears-like meltdown in Chicago and what it says about him and the franchise. Andy then talks about Tyler Glasnow‘s shoulder and the state of pitching in Pittsburgh, Jon Niese‘s horrid season, and all of the trade rumors swirling around the Bucs. Bob dives into the current state of affairs in Cleveland and talks about the trade rumors surrounding the Tribe, as well as internal promotions of Clint Frazier and Bradley Zimmer. The pair then finish the show with a Pop Up Culture segment, in which they discuss Jeff Passan’s new book, The Arm.
Jason Ruggiero joins Andy Burdick this week as Bob and his wife head to the mighty northeast on a journey of self discovery. In his stead, the two catch up on all things baseball just in time for the All-Star Game. The duo open the podcast discussing their likes and dislikes of the All-Star festivities. Andy then digs into the Pirates recent stretch of play and learns that being mediocre sometimes is good enough. He talks about Pittsburgh’s buying/selling options at the deadline, the success that farmhands Adam Frazier, Josh Bell, Jameson Taillon, Chad Kuhl, and Tyler Glasnow have had in limited time on the Major League roster, and he finishes chatting with Jason about Pittsburgh’s options with Andrew McCutchen and how Austin Meadows affects the franchise. Jason then digs deep into the Tribe’s options for a Game 1 starter of a playoff series, the success of Danny Salazar, the outstanding play of Francisco Lindor, and the 2016 success of Jose Ramirez. The two then finish up the podcast by discussing the Double-A All-Star Game and its Tri-State participants.
Andy and Bob return as a newly minted father and uncle respectively! The pair discuss what it’s like to be a new uncle and father right before discussing Alex Rodriguez’s veiled threat promise, “You haven’t heard the last of me.” The two then discuss all things Cleveland, specifically: injury updates as they pertain to two testicular contusions on the team, the Indians’ undefeated June at home, their record against division rival Detroit, Trevor Bauer’s emergence, Cleveland’s attendance woes and what it means for fanship, and finally, some players’ performances down on the farm. Andy then attempts to tackle talking about the Pirates woeful June, Chad Kuhl puns, Pirates pitching changes, and then broaches a very sensitive subject: Andrew McCutchen’s struggles and the trade rumors swirling around him. The duo then finish by teasing Tri-State of Mind’s very first book club book, ‘The Arm’ by Jeff Passan.
On this week’s episode, Andy and Bob talk about pitchers in the home run derby and how hitters are probably sweating that decision. Andy then talks about the amazing offensive output and pitching woes in Pittsburgh before he discusses the list of injuries plaguing the Pirates. Bob then talks some Tribe with the resurgence of Trevor Bauer, the frustrations of Bryan Shaw, the return of Danny Salazar, the mystery surrounding Michael Brantley‘s injury.
On this week’s episode, Andy and Bob open the show talking about the new-and-improved Barry Bonds. Andy quickly spirals out of control into what can only be described as a free style poetry slam on the depravity of Barry Bonds as a human being. Once things get back under control, the duo dissect the pitching woes that have been hounding the Pirates all season, specifically as they pertain to starter Francisco Liriano. The take a look at some starters in Triple-A Indianapolis who could be potential boons to the rotation (Jameson Taillon, Tyler Glasnow, Chad Kuhl) before looking at injuries that have dogged the Pirates. Finishing on a positive note, Andy discusses the successes of Matt Joyce and farmhand Mitch Keller. Bob then takes a look at the transactions for Cleveland, talks about the Indians’ bullpen going without a lefty for a day, the return of Carlos Carrasco and potential return of Michael Brantley. Finally, Bob and Andy booth swoon over the recalling of outfielder Tyler Naquin and the resurgence of Jose Ramirez. The duo finish the podcast with a SeaWolves Shoutout, discussing the raging successes of Dean Green and JaCoby Jones as well as the promotion of Matt Crouse to Triple-A Toledo.
On this week’s episode Andy and Bob lead off with a discussion that answers the question: What is the only thing that Max Scherzer and Cody Anderson have in common? After that, Andy leads the discussion of Francisco Cervelli‘s surprising contract extension and what that means for the pecking order of catchers in Pittsburgh. He talks about two distinctly different series with the Reds and Cubs, before he waxes poetic about Pirates pitching prospects Tyler Glasnow and Jameson Taillon. Bob then addresses the Indians’ outfield as it pertains to the health of Michael Brantley‘s shoulder, he talks about Dan in Buffalo’s favorite prospect Mike Clevinger making his first start tomorrow, the health of Carlos Carrasco‘s hamstring, and finishes with talk of surprising Trevor Bauer stats and the importance of Cleveland sports fans to remain optimistic. The duo wrap up the show with a SeaWolves shout out that looks at the upcoming schedule, the Akron RubberDucks, Dean Green destroying baseball’s for the Wolves, and JaCoby Jones returning to the SeaWolves’ lineup.
The staff of Tri-State of Mind Baseball is incredibly thrilled to be talking to the general manager of the Erie SeaWolves, Greg Coleman! Greg returns to the podcast to fill us in on the 2016 SeaWolves and lets us know about the new long-term lease with Erie Events, working under the new ownership of Fernando Aguirre and how that changes expectations and performance, fan experiences and COWBOY MONKEYS COMING TO JERRY UHT PARK, new food at the stadium, how the SeaWolves are involved in the community, how awesome SeaWolves manager Lance Parrish is on and off the field, and finishes up the episode by telling his story of how he ended up in Erie, Pennsylvania.
On this week’s episode, Andy and Bob start off by discussing Stephen Strasburg‘s new deal before an at-length discussion about swapping no-hitters for Cy Young Awards. Andy then talks about: the Pirates getting swept by the Cubs, David Freese getting a standing ovation from St. Louis fans, the return of Jun Ho Kang, Gregory Polanco‘s walk rate, and the Pirates’ pitchers’ slow starts and what this could mean for Jameson Taillon and Tyler Glasnow. Bob then discusses: the Tribe getting swept by the Phillies, Tyler Naquin getting optioned, Terry Francona only carrying three bench players, and Giovanny Urshela being named player of the week. The duo then discuss the Erie SeaWolves and their current and upcoming schedule before congratulating Dean Green as being named the Eastern League player of the week!
This week’s podcast is full of prospect talk, but first, Andy, Bob, and Chris conduct the mandatory discussion of Dee Gordon‘s PED suspension (Andy thankfully resists the urge to share his ‘P.E.Dee Gordon’ pun). After that, Andy discusses the Pirates’ coaching staff extension through 2017 before he and Chris invent the Juan Nicasio Cy Young Thermometer. Then Chris leads the prospect talk featuring: Josh Bell, Tyler Glasnow, Jameson Taillon, Kevin Newman, Cole Tucker and Mitch Keller. Bob finishes up the podcast by highlighting an unheralded Cleveland prospect Willi Castro, a 19-year-old short stop for Cleveland’s Lake County Captains affiliate.
On this week’s episode, Andy and Bob lead off by discussing Mark McGwire‘s first day managing due to Padres manager Andy Green losing his mind on a reverse of a reversal of a balk call. Andy then talks about the ups and downs of the early season Pirates, the Pirates amazing on base percentage, the bullpen’s struggles, Andrew McCutchen‘s early season struggles with runners in scoring position, Francisco Cervelli starting at first against lefties, rehabbing Buccos Jung ho Kang and Jared Hughes, and finishes his segment talking about the Pirates throwback uniforms on Sunday home games. Bob then dissects the Indians early season woes, the eventual return of Michael Brantley, Lonnie Chisenhall returning from the DL, and finishes by discussing Carlos Santana leading off. The two then have a SeaWolves shout out, taking a look at where the Wolves currently stand in the Eastern League.