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Paul Skenes has arrived, Ippei pleads guilty, strange Rangers trade and baseball jokes

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Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports

Get Pittsburgh Pirates fans excited, Paul Skenes is on his way to PNC Park.

After being announced on Wednesday, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2023 MLB Draft will make his first start for the club on Saturday against the Chicago Cubs. After dominating in the minors in less than half a full season, the powerful right-hander has shown that he is ready for the show.

Jake Mintz and Jordan Shusterman get fans excited about baseball’s third overall prospect, talking about what kind of player Skenes is, comparisons to him and the MLB debut of former Washington Nationals ace Stephen Strasburg, and by that when you watch him pitch, there’s something remarkably special about him.

Also in this episode, the guys talk about Shohei Ohtani’s former translator Ippei Mizuhara pleading guilty to authorities, a strange trade the Texas Rangers just made, and why Mason Miller’s ridiculous trade calls are starting to get stronger.

Closing the show, Jake and Jordan give their Good, bad and Uggla for this week, including the Tampa Bay Rays pranking one of their rookies, the Los Angeles Angels’ questionable roster construction and Derek Thomas ranking as the best home plate umpire this season. We also take a quick look at what Jake and Jordan expect in baseball this weekend.

0:50 – Paul Skenes will start this weekend for Pittsburgh

19:46 – Ohtani-Ippei gambling scandal update

24:17 – Texas Rangers make a trade

28:14 – Mason Miller on the move?

30:56 – The good

35:08 – The bad

42:20 – The Ugglas

46:53 – Weekend Preview

47:57 – Jake glasses update

Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports

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