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 #69: Major League Baseball’s All-Star Conundrum

On this week’s podcast, Andy and Jason discuss the Major League Baseball’s All-Star problem with the Kansas City Royals as well as the new Home Run Derby rules.  Jason then talks the successes of Jason Kipnis and Corey Kluber as well as the struggles of Lonnie Chisenhall and Jose Ramirez.  Andy then discusses the slow start of the Pittsburgh Pirates and how it has affected their playoff hopes in 2015, as well as Jung-ho Kang’s adjustments and Gregory Polanco‘s lack of progress. They finish up talking about the Erie SeaWolves and their less than stellar season on the field, but incredibly fan-friendly ballpark.

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 #51: The Michael Brantley Captcha Conundrum

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”.