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A baseball podcast featuring Indians writers Zack Meisel and T.J. Zuppe.

T.J. Zuppe & Zack Meisel


    • Aug 8, 2022 LATEST EPISODE
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    • 221 EPISODES

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    Triston The Terrific, Farewell Franmil

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 8, 2022 56:17

    Zack and T.J. react to the Guardians 4-game split with the Houston Astros, discuss another dominant start by Triston McKenzie, react to the surprising news of Franmil Reyes being designated for assignment and talk about Bo Naylor, James Karinchak and Emmanuel Clase. For additional episodes of the show and access to the Discord, a place to chat about the Guards with other Cleveland fans, consider supporting us at Patreon.com/SelbyIsGodcast

    It's Up To The Kids Now

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 3, 2022 61:24

    Cleveland doesn't make a big move before the deadline, and Zack and T.J. pick up the pieces. Amed Rosario stays, Franmil Reyes is demoted and Tyler Freeman is up. No new catching but we do have a random dream to share. For more episodes and access to the show Discord, consider supporting the show at Patreon.com/SelbyIsGodcast

    A Missed Chance In Chicago

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 25, 2022 41:49

    Cleveland spits a 4-game series with the White Sox, but letting a doubleheader sweep slip away on Saturday night stings more after a loss in Sunday's finale. T.J. and Zack talk about reliever trust, second-guessing, the possibility of a bullpen trade, an undiscussed starting pitcher target and more. For a second episode per week and access to the show Discord, consider supporting the show at Patreon.com/SelbyIsGodcast

    First Half Fact or Fiction and ... Juan Soto?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 18, 2022 63:04

    T.J. and Zack play a little Fact or Fiction after the first half of the MLB season, including a discussion about whether or not the Guardians should enter the upcoming Juan Soto trade market and if the All-Star Game is as fun as it once was -- and if any change has more to do with us than it does the game. For an additional episode per week and access to the show's Discord, consider supporting the show at Patreon.com/SelbyIsGodcast

    Jones Up, Guards Down

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 11, 2022 22:12

    In an abbreviated episode, Zack and T.J. discuss the recent poor play by Cleveland, talk about the promotion of Nolan Jones and his tremendous first weekend in the Majors and Zack shares a story about Andrés Giménez learning that he was one of the Guardians' three All-Stars. For additional episodes of the show and access to the Discord, consider supporting us at Patreon.com/SelbyIsGodcast

    Baby, You're A Firework

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 4, 2022 58:06

    Zack and T.J. talk about the return of Oscar Mercado and how the team is handling a few roster spots in the absence of Oscar Gonzalez. Then, the guys discuss the importance of the upcoming stretch of winnable games before the All-Star Break and T.J. asks Zack about a pair of potential trade candidates. For additional episodes of the show, find us at Patreon.com/SelbyIsGodcast

    But Why Is The Fun Gone?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 27, 2022 52:14

    The Red Sox steal the fun to begin the Guardians' homestand. Zack and T.J. return to discuss and continue to look ahead to the trade deadline. For more episodes of the show and access to our exclusive show Discord, find us at Patreon.com/SelbyIsGodcast

    José Is Everywhere To Me

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 20, 2022 58:07

    Cleveland takes 2 of 3 from the Dodgers and didn't have Jose Ramirez for a pair of the games. Zack and T.J. discuss the continued pleasant stretch for the Guardians and assess the current AL MVP race. Then, the guys talk about Shane Bieber's solid performance against Los Angeles, talk about when Nolan Jones will get an opportunity and the promotion of Bo Naylor to Triple-A. For more Guardians talk, join us for midweek episodes at Patreon.com/SelbyIsGodcast

    Return of the Zack

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 13, 2022 53:05

    The King has returned with a special surprised from T.J. Zack is back from the paternity list and discusses whether Aaron Judge is truly the MVP (or if it *is* actually close), watching Jose Ramirez from home as opposed to in person, how real is Oscar Gonzalez's performance and if we haven't given enough credit to the youngest team in baseball for hanging around the standings. For more Guardians discussion and access to the show Discord, find us at Patreon.com/SelbyIsGodcast

    Anthony Castrovince of MLB.com Pinch Hits

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 6, 2022 40:50

    Looking for dudes and guys? Well, kind of. Anthony Castrovince of MLB.com joins T.J. this week to revisit the Francisco Lindor trade and assess Andres Gimenez's great season, offer some continued love to José Ramírez and begin to look ahead to the trade deadline, which seems more than a little uncertain at this point. For additional episodes and access to the show Discord, find us at Patreon.com/SelbyIsGodcast

    Report Cards With Ryan Lewis Of The Akron Beacon Journal

    Play Episode Listen Later May 30, 2022 55:50

    T.J. is joined on today's episode by Ryan Lewis of the Akron Beacon Journal. The guys discuss the young hitters' struggles, including Owen Miller and Steven Kwan, Franmil Reyes' recent trip to the IL, the promotion of Oscar Gonzalez and what to expect from the young outfielder, then Ryan and T.J. hand out grades to the offense, starting rotation and bullpen. For more episodes of the show and access to the show Discord, join us at Patreon.com/SelbyIsGodcast

    Chatting With Mike "Chico" Bormann

    Play Episode Listen Later May 23, 2022 46:58

    Mike "Chico" Bormann, host of Chico After Dark on 92.3 The Fan, joins T.J. to discuss a poor homestand by the Guardians against the Reds and Tigers, assessing if this season has been a "success" to this point, anything encouraging in a 10-strikeout performance by Shane Bieber and how a radio host balances the need to talk Browns with anything else in the Cleveland sports talk scene.

    Al Pawlowski Stops By

    Play Episode Listen Later May 16, 2022 54:47

    Al Pawlowski of Guardians Live on Bally Sports Great Lakes fills in for Zack this week, as Al and T.J. talk about Cleveland dropping a pair this weekend to the Twins, the growth of young players on the roster, the mostly disappointing starting pitching and Al's start in TV and his passion for broadcasting. For additional episodes and to join our Discord, find us at Patreon.com/SelbyIsGodcast

    "For as lost as he was in the first month, that's as found as he is now"

    Play Episode Listen Later May 9, 2022 46:47

    Zack and T.J. talk about some of the positives within the offense, including a resurgent Franmil Reyes. Then, the guys talk about another poor showing in Shane Bieber velocity and how odd it is to be more intrigued by the bats to begin the season. For additional content and access to the show Discord, where you an chat with other Guardians fans like you, find us at Patreon.com/SelbyIsGodcast

    Sweep Or Be Swept

    Play Episode Listen Later May 2, 2022 57:24

    The Cleveland Guardians -- Team Extreme -- continue the sweep theme alive by taking three from Oakland to conclude a long road trip. How can a younger team make it worth enduring the mistakes and learning moments? Zack and T.J. discuss. Then, the guys talk about Bobby Bradley and Logan Allen being designated for assignment and, given Tuesday's upcoming pitching matchup, revisit the Mike Clevinger trade. For more episodes and access to our show Discord, where you can chat with other Guardians fans just like you, find us at Patreon.com/SelbyIsGodcast

    Battle Of New York

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 25, 2022 49:49

    Zack gives his account of the ugly trash-throwing incident at Yankee Stadium this past weekend and recaps the thoughts of Myles Straw and Oscar Mercado, then T.J. asks Zack to rate the reality of some way-too-early observations about the Guardians to begin the 2022 season. For additional episodes and to join us on Discord, find us at Patreon.com/SelbyIsGodcast

    So, It Turns Out Cleveland Doesn't Have MLB's Best Offense

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 18, 2022 38:47

    A big shock as it appears that the Cleveland Guardians are not the owners of baseball's best offense, as the previous 4-game stretch suggested. However, Zack and T.J. are back to discuss the difficulties of early-season evaluation, whether it's OK to embrace a little unfounded optimism at times, and the guys revisit the José Ramírez extension and determine if some additional pay this season for Jose warrants readdressing offseason front office criticism. For midweek episodes ($1 per show) and access to our exclusive show Discord (where fans are discussing all things Guardians), join us at Patreon.com/SelbyIsGodcast

    Kwantum of Flawless

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 11, 2022 45:26

    Steven Kwan is off to a historical start to his MLB career with the Guardians. Zack and T.J. discuss -- and they share a big secret behind his success -- before talking about Shane Bieber and the Myles Straw extension. For midweek episodes and to join our exclusive Discord server, consider becoming a supporter of the show Patreon.com/SelbyIsGodcast

    2022 Cleveland Guardians WAR Draft (UNLOCKED PATREON EPISODE)

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 7, 2022 57:55

    Happy Opening Day! Zack and T.J. draft Cleveland players after an unnecessarily long game of rock, paper, scissors. If you want to catch our Jose Ramirez extension reaction episode, become a member of our Patreon group: https://www.patreon.com/posts/64820585 - You will earn one extra episode per week for $1 per show.

    An Extension! But Not The One You Expected

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 4, 2022 76:31

    Zack and T.J. discuss the formation of the opening day Guardians roster, the reported extension of Emmanuel Clase and what it means to both sides, an update to José Ramírez extension talks and about some important survey questions before the upcoming start of the 2022 season.

    So, You Want To Put Together A Roster...

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 28, 2022 66:06

    Zack and T.J. discuss the potential Opening Day roster, which is starting to take shape. Or is it? What will the bullpen look like? Which younger players are impressing this spring and which have a shot at making the team? The guys also talk about the latest José Ramírez developments. For additional episodes throughout the week, become at show supporter at Patreon.com/SelbyIsGodcast

    When The Offseason And Preseason Meet

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 15, 2022 42:35

    It's the offseason. It's spring training. It's all happening at once. Zack and T.J. talk about the weird dynamic of player movement post lockout and what we can read into Cleveland's reported attempts -- unsuccessful -- to deal for Matt Olson and Jesse Winker. The guys also discuss reported interest in Joc Pederson and the need to make a play for a more established option.

    EMERGENCY PODCAST: BASEBALL IS BACK

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 11, 2022 21:33

    Baseball is back. That's it. That's the description.

    Be The Best Baseball You Can Be

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 21, 2022 58:57

    T.J. and Zack talk about the NBA All-Star Game and if there are any lessons MLB can take away from recent NBA and NFL events.

    Projecting the 2024 Guardians Lineup

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 7, 2022 64:55

    Zack and T.J. look ahead to 2024 and attempt to project which players will be in Cleveland's lineup. For more episodes, find us at Patreon.com/SelbyIsGodcast To begin recording your own podcast, consider using Riverside.FM: https://riverside.fm/?utm_campaign=campaign_1&utm_medium=affiliate&utm_source=rewardful&via=anthony-zuppe

    Who Is Next To Wear A Cleveland Cap?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 24, 2022 61:51

    Zack and T.J. discuss who the next player will be to wear a Cleveland cap in the Hall of Fame. Does José Ramírez have a shot? And the guys revisit a discussion about the greatness of Kenny Lofton.

    The Future Is Now

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 3, 2022 56:15

    T.J. and Zack are back and discuss rumors of David Blitzer joining Cleveland's ownership group. What would a new minority investor mean to the Guardians? Can we know that? And is there room for excitement despite those questions?

    Clip Show! Highlights From December Patreon Shows

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 27, 2021 38:37

    Zack and T.J. are taking a little time off this week to spend with family and friends for the Holidays, but for those that haven't joined us at Patreon for weekly offseason content, here are some highlights from the month of December. If you'd like more Guardians content than just our free shows every other week during the offseason, find us at Patreon.com/SelbyIsGodcast. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

    Project: Projections

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 13, 2021 59:49

    Zack and T.J. discuss some of their takeaways from the recent release of the ZiPS Projections for the 2022 Guardians. Then, the guys talk about expectations -- Guardians, Browns and Cavs included -- and how they can be processed differently depending where the franchise is in their timeline.

    A Very Real Artificial Deadline

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 29, 2021 57:59

    Zack and T.J. talk about the artificial deadline the expiring CBA has created and why a real offseason deadline might make sense for the sport, reports of the Orioles willing to listen on Cedric Mullins and if he's the best of the controllable outfielders in a trade. Then, the guys act to the flurry of activity this weekend and what it means to the AL Central and all of baseball.

    We're All Guardians

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 16, 2021 49:26

    Zack and T.J. talk about the agreement between Cleveland's baseball and roller derby team, the latest on the search for a minority investor, Emmanuel Clase finishing fifth in AL Rookie of the Year voting and the state of the AL Central, which could be a very interesting division in 2022. For more off-season discussion, find us at Patreon.com/SelbyIsGodcast

    Extensions, Player Value and ... Candy Corn?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 31, 2021 59:02

    Zack asks T.J. which of Cleveland's starting pitchers, outside of Shane Bieber, he would most want to sign to an extension this off-season. Then, the guys talk Jorge Soler -- would he fit with the Guardians in 2022? -- Eddie Rosario's worth and Halloween candy. For more off-season Guardians talk, find us at Patreon.com/SelbyIsGodcast

    Looking Ahead

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 18, 2021 55:14

    Zack and T.J. finishing up some thoughts on how Cleveland should approach free-agency, run through the list of the Guardians' arbitration eligible players and then explain why this offseason is so critical to the franchise.

    That Is Correct...

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 4, 2021 54:56

    Zack takes a victory lap for accurately predicting that Cleveland would finish with 80 wins. Then, the guys look ahead briefly to the offseason before selecting MLB Awards and providing fuel for embarrassment by predicting Postseason outcomes.

    C-L-A-S-E Spells Relief

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 27, 2021 49:08

    As it's almost time to look ahead to the off-season, Zack and T.J. talk about where Emmanuel Clase's season ranks among all-time Cleveland relievers and then discuss what looks good about Anthony Gose below the surface that seem worth investment and give a status update on Nolan Jones.

    It's Gose Time!

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 20, 2021 39:53

    Zack and T.J. react to the news of Anthony Gose's promotion to Cleveland and take some time to put another marvelous season by Jose Ramirez into context.

    Actually, No-Hitters Are Good

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 13, 2021 51:29

    Yet another no-hitter against the Indians leads Zack and T.J. into another discussion about hitting development, assistant coaching and the need for some aggressive decisions this upcoming off-season. Then, the guys talk about the latest developments in the AL MVP race and determine if there is anything that can unseat Shohei Ohtani as the favorite.

    Wild Ideas

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 7, 2021 52:45

    Zack and T.J. talk about the Rays' intentional balk in Boston, what James Karinchak is doing at Triple-A and debate the legitimacy of some wild 2022 ideas about Bryan Lavastida, Triston McKenzie, Zach Plesac, Gabriel Arias, Amed Rosario and more.

    All Thumbs

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 30, 2021 48:22

    Zack and T.J. talk about the weird battle between the Mets players, including Francisco Lindor, and the fans happening in New York, attempt to theorize what happened with James Karinchak that led to his demotion -- is it really *all* about the sticky stuff? -- and talk more about the difficulty of assigning blame and credit to assistant coaches, like Cleveland's hitting staff.

    Kids Will Be Kids

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 23, 2021 47:31

    Zack and T.J. talk about the Indians-Angels matchup at the Little League Classic and share stories of the day leading up to Sunday's game. Then, the guys talk more about Cal Quantrill's continued recent dominance and if Amed Rosario has firmly entered "dude" territory for 2022.

    Almost Perfect

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 16, 2021 49:36

    T.J. and Zack talk about Triston McKenzie's attempt at perfection and why his mental and physical growth is just as impressive as the one outing. Then, the guys discuss if they'd be OK giving up a milestone hit like Miguel Cabrera's 500th home run, T.J. asks about Cleveland's WAR leaders -- a surprise leader is on the list -- and Zack quizzes about a random former Indians infielder.

    True or False?

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 9, 2021 46:04

    Zack and T.J. discuss Myles Straw and why his presence puts more pressure on Bradley Zimmer and Oscar Mercado. Then, the guys respond to six true or false statements, including conversations about Cal Quantrill, Zach Plesac, a possible Franmil Reyes extension, Andres Gimenez, Roberto Perez and Austin Hedges. For more episodes, including our Trade Deadline breakdown, join us over at Patreon.com/SelbyIsGodcast

    Deadline Discussion!

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 26, 2021 58:37

    Zack and T.J. preview the upcoming trade deadline by discussing the things the Indians front office will be considering this week prior to Friday afternoon. The guys discuss Cesar Hernandez, Jose Ramirez, Amed Rosario and anyone else that opposing teams might consider trade targets -- and more important, if any of those names make sense to be dealt. Meisel and Zuppe also revisit the wild 2016 trade deadline and T.J.'s cat stops by to say meow.

    No Answers

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 19, 2021 50:10

    Zack and T.J. spend nearly the entire episode talking about the four healthy outfielders currently on the Indians' active roster, Bradley Zimmer, Oscar Mercado, Harold Ramirez and Daniel Johnson. What do we know about them? And what do we need to learn? How would you rank them?

    #ZackOwesMeABeer

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 5, 2021 53:34

    Zack and T.J. discuss Cleveland's 6-game losing skid and a weekend of missed chances against Houston. Then, the guys break down the upcoming 40-man roster crunch that will likely occur this offseason and rank the current 5-man rotation. For more episodes, find us at Patreon.com/SelbyisGodcast

    Seven Questions

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 28, 2021 62:20

    Zack and T.J. react to Josh Naylor's injury in Minnesota, leading to seven different questions. The guys discuss the need to find out about Daniel Johnson and Oscar Mercado, talk about Nolan Jones and Andres Gimenez, banter about which relievers are most trusted behind Cleveland's big three and attempt to decide which manager would be voted Manager of the Year in the AL if the season ended today. Zack and T.J. also chat about which hitter would they prefer at the plate with the game on the line and what their enjoyment level is while watching the Indians this season. Find us at Patreon.com/SelbyIsGodcast for additional episodes.

    Prophetic in Pittsburgh

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 21, 2021 63:51

    Zack and T.J. recap Cleveland's series in Pittsburgh, Bryan Shaw and James Karinchak's implosion on Saturday and talk more about spin rates. Then, the guys debate if the Indians should listen if teams ask about Amed Rosario at the trade deadline and give their over/unders on a few rest of season projections for a number of Tribe hitters. For more episodes, support the show at Patreon.com/SelbyIsGodcast

    Put Aaron Civale In Bubble Wrap

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 15, 2021 50:20

    T.J. and Zack talk about the injury to Shane Bieber and how the Indians will survive the next several weeks with just one of their big three starters, Aaron Civale, standing. Can Cleveland piece together a staff with J.C. Mejia and Cal Quantrill pitching on short rest for short periods? Also, the guys talk about Bobby Bradley's production and Josh Naylor's recent scuffles. For more episodes, find us at Patreon.com/SelbyIsGodcast - midweek shows are just $1 per episode.

    Bobby's World

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 7, 2021 44:01

    Zack and T.J. discuss an embarrassing weekending in Baltimore for the Indians (and Zack's inability to catch a foul ball), Bobby Bradley's arrival and Cleveland's decision to DFA Jake Bauers and MLB's impending battle against sticky substances and how it impacts spin rate. For more episodes, support the podcast at Patreon.com/SelbyIsGodcast - you'll get one additional show per week.

    172. 4 Walks and a Walk-Off

    Play Episode Listen Later May 31, 2021 49:45

    T.J. and Zack discuss a peculiar finish to Sunday's doubleheader and how Cleveland managed to avoid a Blue Jays sweep. The guys then talk about an offense that continues to struggle and where to find answers. T.J. asks Zack if he'd consider trading Eddie Rosario or Cesar Hernandez if a team asked about either right now, Zack shares a handful of players that are older than T.J. and the duo recaps Eli Morgan and the Blustery Day. For more episodes, become a podcast supporter at Patreon.com/SelbyIsGodcast and unlock additional shows.

    171. Miller Time

    Play Episode Listen Later May 24, 2021 55:42

    Zack and T.J. recap Cleveland dropping 2-of-3 to the Twins and James Karinchak's rare extra-inning woes, discuss Owen Miller's arrival and what the injury to Franmil Reyes means for the rest of the offense, explain why some better production from Amed Rosario has been intriguing, examine Triston McKenzie's demotion and talk about the difficulty of trying to contend and develop at the same time. For subscriber exclusive episodes of the show, support us at Patreon.com/SelbyIsGodcast

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