TSM Baseball 2013 Preseason Predictions: Staff Edition

By TSM Staff

Before the regular season starts, it’s always enjoyable to predict how things will shake out by the end.  Get a couple of sports fans together with a couple of brews, and you’ll hear everyone’s predictions, logical or not.  Whether it’s how a team finishes, what a player’s batting average will be, or who’s going to win the marquee awards, amateur prognosticating is as American as home runs and head first slides.  Using statistics, projections, and, most importantly, your gut feeling can lead to a fun, and oftentimes amusing in hindsight, preseason of predictions.  The staff at Tri-State of Mind Baseball is making their predictions for the 2013 Major League Baseball award winners and finishes right here.  Some of our predictions are par for the course and some are bolder than a Chex Mix Party Blend.

Check out the predictions from the TSM Staff and chime in with your own thoughts for each of the awards in the comments below the jump.

Crystal ball prediction

Dust off that crystal ball and make your boldest 2013 award predictions in the comments below!

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Tri-State at the Plate Episode #9: Baseball is Back Edition

Regular season baseball is back, baby!  Hope no longer springs eternal as it’s now time for actual real-life production.  Join the TSM Baseball gang as they wrap up the last of Spring Training in Cleveland, Detroit, and Pittsburgh.  Rosters are trimmed to Keira Knightley sizes as teams are hitting the runways in preparation for Opening Day.

Game Recap: Pittsburgh Pirates @ Altoona Curve

By Andy Burdick

Recap

Altoona Curve Peoples Natural Gas Field March 30, 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates @ Altoona Curve

It was a gorgeous day at Peoples Natural Gas Field without a cloud in the sky.  The Pittsburgh Pirates finished up their Spring Training with a tune-up game against the Altoona Curve before heading to PNC Park to open the season against the Chicago Cubs on Saturday, March 30.  While Altoona came out on top of this game with an 8-6 victory, several Pittsburgh Pirate players were suited up in Altoona jerseys for some work and vice-versa. Continue reading

Tri-State at the Plate Episode #8: Tri-State of Mind’s 2013 Prospect Spectacular

Tackling their first nearly hour-long show, the gang dissects the prospects from Cleveland, Pittsburgh, and Detroit’s systems.  Going above and beyond, the prospecting doesn’t stop at the top 20 in each system.  They also come to terms with the fact that Tweetmails is probably going to have to serve as a suitable title for the e-mail segment of the show as they answer e-mails, Tweets, and facebook posts.

2013 Erie Seawolves Preview

By Bob Finkbeiner

2013 Erie Seawolves Preview

Erie SeaWolves Logo 2013As the 2013 season begins in Erie on April 4th, I thought it would be interesting to preview the current Seawolves roster.  If you have been following us at Tri-State of Mind Baseball then you understand the main reason we cover the Detroit Tigers organization is because of its affiliation with Erie as their AA team in the Eastern League.

Let’s look at the 2013 roster for the new look Seawolves!

TSM Baseball’s 2013 Top Organizational Prospects: Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Detroit

By TSM Staff

The final rankings for TSM Baseball’s Top 20 2013 organizational prospects are in!  Jason, Bob, and Andy have scoured scouting reports from a multitude of sources in an attempt to provide readers with a comprehensive list of twenty Minor Leaguers for fans of Cleveland, Detroit, and Pittsburgh to keep an eye on as the year progresses.

Check out the list below as well as a brief synopsis of each system.

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Tri-State at the Plate Episode #7: The Roster Crunch Cometh

Bob, Jason, and Andy phone it in for the first time ever on Tri-State at the Plate.  As Spring Training comes to an end, the gang talks about all the roster moves from Detroit, Cleveland, and Pittsburgh camps.  Bob gets up on his soapbox on Soapbox Sunday about Cincinnati Reds reliever Aroldis Chapman.

The Bradenton Notebook: Vol. 7

By Andy Burdick

The Pirates’ Spring Training Calendar is here.

The Pirates’ Broadcast Schedule is here.

The Pirates’ 2013 Regular Season Promotional Schedule is here.

Spring has sprung, unless you live in the Northeast.  This means that rosters are getting thinner than Brian Cashman’s hair.  Players refer to this as a visiting from the Grim Reaper.  Some veteran fringe players have an optortunity to opt out of their Minor League deals if they aren’t placed on the 40 man roster.  Both Brandon Inge and Brad Hawpe can opt out of their Minor League deals on Tuesday, March 26. Lefty Jonathan Sanchez can opt out on Sunday, March 24 if he isn’t on the Pirates’ 25 man roster. Continue reading

Goodyear Notebook – Vol. 8

By Jason Ruggiero

Goodyear Notebook Cleveland Indians Spring Training Cactus League ArizonaRoster Moves

The roster continues to shrink down ever closer to the 25-man squad that is required on Opening Day. On Thursday Trevor Bauer, Corey Kluber, Giovanni Soto and Scott Barnes were all sent to the minors. Soto recently returned from pitching in the World Baseball Classic and Barnes was reportedly in the race for one of the final spots in the Tribe bullpen. Bauer and Kluber on the other hand were still trying to wrestle the 5th starters spot away from Scott Kazmir. The only person standing between Kazmir and the 5th starter’s job now is Carlos Carrasco who went five innings and gave up four runs Thursday against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Three of Carrasco’s runs scored after outfielder Michael Brantley lost a ball in the sun during the third inning. Carrasco will probably only have one more spring start while Kazmir will probably get two more opportunities. Continue reading

2013 Pittsburgh Pirates Projected Lineups

By Andy Burdick

While Spring Training may not provide you with an accurate statistical look at players’ abilities, it does provide you with a little insight into what the manager of your favorite team is thinking about how to construct a lineup.  How a lineup is constructed can greatly affect a team’s success, and Pittsburgh is not immune to glaring holes in players’ games that can be exploited.  Garrett Jones, who you can probably pencil in to collect the majority of the playing time at first for the Buccos this season, simply cannot hit lefties.  In 2010, he registered 230 plate appearances against lefties, hitting .220.  In 2011 those plate appearances dropped to 72, and last season Garrett Jones continued to remain moderately unexposed with 81 plate appearances. Continue reading