Tri-State at the Plate Episode #90: Francisco Lindor: The Cuyahoga Crown Jewel

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.

Tri-State at the Plate Episode #87: Pitching Woes Plague Pittsburgh and Other Alliterative Topics

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.

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 #55: Penny Pinching Pittsburgh Pirates

On this week’s episode, Chris Bradley steps in to pinch hit for Jason and discusses the injuries that have been plaguing the National League Central teams other than the Pirates with Andy.  Andy then does his best to fill Jason’s shoes while he talks about the founding father of the Corey Kluber Society, Corey Kluber, Jason Kipnis’s weak start to the season, and Justin Masterson’s struggles.  Chris then dives right into the action in Pittsburgh talking about the complexities of his feelings for Charlie Morton, how Gregory Polanco has improved Andrew McCutchen’s offense, and what’s happening down on the farm.  The duo wrap up with a SeaWolves shout out, highlighting not only the SeaWolves, but the other All-Stars Andy will see next Wednesday in Altoona at the Double-A All-Star Game.

Tri-State at the Plate Episode #54: Regal Ruggiero Returns

This week Andy and Jason discuss a scandal in Houston. Andy then discusses Pittsburgh’s improved offense, their bullpen at length, Gerrit Cole’s refusal to rehab and speculative trade targets. Jason then asks Andy, “What’s wrong with the following players?” as they dive into the performances this year of Nick Swisher, Justin Masterson and Jason Kipnis, followed by a brief update on Francisco Lindor. The gang finishes with a SeaWolves shout-out.

Tri-State at the Plate Episode #52: The Chisenhall – Polanco Internet Explosion

On an extra-long episode of Tri-State at the Plate Jason and Andy discuss the potential baseball career of Johnny Football. Andy then discusses at length Pittsburgh losing a one-hitter, a trouncing of the Brewers and Gregory Polanco’s arrival in the Steel City. Then Jason covers the Indians recent turn-around that’s been fueled by good hitting, good pitching and actual defense before telling everyone “I Told You So” about Lonnie Chisenhall. The duo then finishes up with the second-consecutive week of Step-on-the-Scale with questions that range from the probability of Vance Worley pitching in Pittsburgh this season to the catching situation in Cleveland.

Tri-State at the Plate Episode #50: Guerrero Gives Olivo an Earful

This week Andy and Jason discuss Miguel Olivo’s ear-biting issues with Dodgers super-prospect Alex Guerrero. Andy then discusses at length the woeful start to Pittsburgh’s season but excitedly awaits Gregory Polanco’s promotion. Then Jason covers the Indians recent aversion from disaster and reviews the flurry of roster moves happening in Cleveland. The gang wraps up with Tweetmails and geographic accuracies.

Noise on the North Coast – May 19

By Jason Ruggiero

Noise on the North Coast

It’s been a long week along the North Coast. Sure there are lots of Johnny Manziel jersey’s being sold but while you can debate Johnny Football’s potential impact on the Browns he isn’t going to provide much for the Indians. With the obligatory Manziel reference/joke out of the way, let’s check out all the Noise on the North Coast.

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Tri-State at the Plate Episode #49: The Gallant Sir Buck Knight Arrives

This week Jason and Andy open talking about the inflamed right knee of C.C. Sabathia. Andy laments Starling Marte’s tight back, Andrew McCutchen’s sore left foot and Pedro Alvarez’s woeful batting average. Jason discusses the Indians starting rotation, Yan Gomes’ defensive struggles and Carlos Santana’s tremendous on-base percentage. The gang finishes up with a  discussion of compound word etiquette and the newest mascot of the Erie SeaWolves, Sir Buck Knight.

Cleveland Indians – 5 Up, 5 Down

By Jason Ruggiero

5 Up 5 Down

Right now in the Indians farm system there are a lot of prospects off to a good start in 2014. Unfortunately we try to provide a balanced viewpoint here at TSM Baseball so if you want to find out who’s hot and who’s not in the Indians farm system read on.

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