Tri-State at the Plate Episode #86: The Only Thing Max Scherzer and Cody Anderson Have In Common


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.

Tri-State at the Plate Episode #85: Erie SeaWolves State of the Union Featuring General Manager Greg Coleman

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.

This is definitely a must-listen podcast for all fans of Minor League Baseball!

Tri-State at the Plate Episode #84: The Nolan Ryan No Hitter – Cy Young Debate


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!

Tri-State at the Plate Episode #83: PEDs and Prospect Performance

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.

Tri-State at the Plate Episode #82: You Can’t Reverse a Reversal!

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.

Game 4: Marte Unlocks Achievement

The Pirates played like a wet noodle last night, but that may be because the weather was not really stellar. Being in that close of proximity of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, misery generally reigns. But then…when it seemed like the unattainable mark of 162-0 was in jeopardy, something happened that hasn’t happened in 1940 Plate Appearances. Continue reading

Tri-State at the Plate Episode #81: No Trevor Story Puns This Episdoe

Even with Colorado Rockies’ short stop Trevor Story off to an hi-Story-ic start, we refuse to jump on the bandwagon of Trevor Story puns.

Instead, on this week’s episode, Andy, Bob, and Jason get back together for the first time in ages to talk baseball. The open this week’s show by discussing the new slide rule and the potential psychological ramifications of it being referred to as ‘The Chase Utley Rule’. Andy then talks about Gregory Polanco‘s new deal, a new sabermetric Bucs lineup, all the other pitchers giving up because Juan Nicasio is going to win the Cy Young Award, and finishes his portion of the podcast by talking about Ray Searage‘s contract in Pittsburgh. Bob and Jason then dive into the Indians with talk of, but not limited to: Opening Day being cold, Jose Ramirez‘s defense, Carlos Santana‘s walk rate, and former top prospect Jeremy Sowers now as a front office employee with an MBA from the University of North Carolina. The gang finishes with a SeaWolves shout out that features their enjoyment of watching former Erie SeaWolf Steven Moya hitting baseballs.
There might be an awkward pause at the beginning as the three podcasters learn to work together again, but the trio pulls it together for one of the best episodes of the year.

Game 2 Thoughts: Polanco is a Gazelle

By Chris Bradley

I am, and always will be, pessimistic when it comes to my favorite baseball team, the Pittsburgh Pirates. This doesn’t mean I can’t get excited when they win an extra innings affair with the hated St. Louis Cardinals on a Jordy Mercer walk-off single. That’s just how they drew it up. Continue reading

Some Thoughts on Opening Day

By Chris Bradley

With the Pirates on pace to go 162-0, I’d like to take this time to discuss some of my unsolicited thoughts on Opening Day 2016.

I’ll admit it, I am extremely skeptical of what Neal Huntington and Co. are attempting to do with John Jaso and David Freese getting every day starting jobs at key positions, but before I get into that, let’s sit back and enjoy Francisco Liriano carving up some Cardinals. Continue reading