Should the Pittsburgh Pirates Extend Pedro Alvarez?

By Andy Burdick

Pedro Alvarez is at it again.

Pedro  Alvarez June Statistics Through June 23, 2013

Courtesy of 6/25/13. Click to enlarge.

Through the month of June, Pedro is hitting .316/.395/.737 (AVG/OBP/SLG).  He has 9 home runs this month already.  He’s going through one of those stretches where he has placed the Pirates and their anemic offense on his shoulders and trudged through the mud with them like Forrest Gump carrying Lieutenant Dan.  Sunday, May 23, manager Clint Hurdle even had Pedro hitting third in the lineup for the first time in his career. Continue reading

Tri-State at the Plate Episode #19: Big Red Spot Start

Tune-in to Tri-State at the Plate this week to hear the return of the Big Red Machine, Bob Finkbeiner, back in the studio to fill-in for Andy who is living large on vacation. In Andy’s absence, Jason and Bob get to spend some quality time together and have some serious Tribe Talk.  They also touch on the Tigers bullpen situation, Nick Castellanos trade rumors and all the medical updates from Dr. Garrett.  If you’re a Pirates fan, however, fear not. Andy sends in his Pirates talking points from the beach – now that is dedication.

Pittsburgh Pirates Trade Talk 2013

By Andy Burdick

Pittsburgh Pirates LogoThere’s been a lot of chatter about the Pirates lately in two areas: their ability to pitch and their inability to score runs.  Yesterday the Buccos lost a heartbreaking game to the Cincinnati Reds, in that Jeff Locke spun 7 shutout innings before Jason Grilli demonstrated that, yes, he is human, by blowing his first save of the season by letting Jay Bruce tie the game at one.  This resulted in the Reds winning 2-1.   Continue reading

Tri-State at the Plate Episode #18: Stoke the Coles

On this week’s episode, find out what Major League Baseball and have in common. Dr. Garrett informs everyone of John McDonald’s relocation plans. Andy and Jason swoon over super-prospect Gerrit Cole’s first start, which the Tri-State staff attended in Pittsburgh. There’s been a bit of a losing streak going on in Cleveland, and Jason explains why everyone should simmer down. Also, Stetson Allie hits his 17th home run for West Virginia, which forces Jason to shake his head in disapproval.

Game Recap: June 11, 2013 – San Francisco Giants @ Pittsburgh Pirates

By Andy Burdick

PNC Park Pittsburgh Pirates Gerrit Cole start June 11, 2013

30,000 fans were in attendance for Gerrit Cole’s first Major League start at PNC Park.

While it may seem cliche, electric is the only word that can properly describe PNC Park on Tuesday night for the first start of Gerrit Cole’s Major League career.  However you choose to describe it, the emotion was palpable from the moment you walked through the gates.  The lines to get into the stadium were backed up to the street from the beginning of the game as 30,614 fans were in attendance, several of whom were forced to miss the first few innings of play because of new PNC Park entrance procedures.  The fans that were in the stadium, however, greeted Cole with a standing ovation on his walk to the mound to throw his warm up pitches. Continue reading

How Good Has Pittsburgh’s Pitching Staff Been So Far?

By Andy Burdick

Pittsburgh Pirates LogoThere’s been a lot of hullabaloo about the Pittsburgh Pirates pitching staff lately.  Francisco Liriano threw 7 shutout innings for the Buccos on Friday afternoon, bridging the gap to relievers Mark Melancon and Jason Grilli, who finished the league leading 10th shutout for the Pirates. Continue reading

Tribe Takes Prep OF Clint Frazier With 1st Round Pick


With the fifth pick in the 2013 MLB draft the Cleveland Indians selected Clint Frazier, a prep outfielder from Loganville, Georgia.

Frazier posted a .485 AVG with a .561 OBP and 17 HR, 45 RBI and 56 R last year for Loganville high school.

Frazier has verbally committed to the University of Georgia.

The Case for Lonnie Chisenhall


By Jason Ruggiero

On May 13 Lonnie Chisenhall was optioned to Triple-A Columbus essentially giving the everyday third base job to Mark Reynolds. Before that move Reynolds was one of the best hitters in the league, posting a .996 OPS with 11 HR, 32 RBI, and a shockingly high .291 batting average. Since Lonnie Chisenhall was sent back to Columbus and Reynolds took over third base he has hit .515 OPS with just 2 HR, 9 RBI and a .173 batting average.

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Tri-State From the Stretch: 2013 MLB Draft Preview

Tri-State From the Stretch will be a series of short discussions about topical issues in Major League and Minor League Baseball that our staff wants to discuss before the recording of Tri-State at the Plate, our weekly podcast.

We’re working on a rad new design for this segment that’ll serve as our logo while the series of YouTube videos plays.

For the first Tri-State From the Stretch, you can join Andy and Jason as they discuss the 2013 Major League Baseball draft as it pertains to the Pittsburgh Pirates and Cleveland Indians.