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.
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.
This week Andy and Jason discuss ghosts before they talk about the lack of respect for Cleveland Indians players on the 2014 All-Star ballot. Then Jason recaps the usual reasons for the Indians struggles including dreadful defense and offensive offense before touching on the amateur draft. Andy raps poetically about Phil Irwin, a.k.a. “Filthy Phil”, departure from Pittsburgh before he laments the coming four-game series with the Dodgers. The duo discusses Memorial Day baseball in Erie and the promotion of Eugenio Saurez to Toledo before finishing with a breathtaking new segment entitled “Step on the Scale”.
By Andy Burdick
The Jamestown Jammers of the New York-Penn League are the short season Single-A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Tonight there are seven All-Stars from the Jammers’ rosters participating in the NYPL All-Star Game at Dodd Stadium, home of the Connecticut Tigers. Short stop Adam Frazier, catcher Jin-De Jhang, third baseman Erich Weiss, and outfielder Harold Ramirez will serve as starters on the New York-Penn League National team. Pitcher Roberto Espinosa, infielder Michael Fransoso, and outfielder Jeff Roy will serve as reserve players. Continue reading
This week Andy and Jason discuss the evolution of pitching before Dr. Garrett updates everyone from his beach chair during a beautiful sunset at Presque Isle. Meanwhile, Andy and Jason are stuck talking about James McDonald and the Pirates rotation and Asdrubal Cabrera trade rumors. After that, the beach-less duo talk about a howl of a good time at Jerry Uht Park and all the SeaWolves news. They wrap up this week’s podcast with spectacular All-Star talk.
Join Andy and Jason for a Tri-State From the Stretch as they discuss what they like to keep an eye on during the All-Star break. Plus, Andy works Pittsburgh Pirate reliever Mark Melancon’s late addition to the National League All-Star team into the conversation.