MLB 2013 Preview

As many of you know and some of you may not, I’m a huge baseball fan–been a Cubs fan for as long as I can remember, and every February I begin keeping track of the Cubbies’ progress throughout spring training as my excitement grows for Opening Day.

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Tonight, Major League Baseball will open the 2013 season with the Houston Astros hosting the Texas Rangers. Opening Day (Night) is always one of the best times of the baseball season because so little is guaranteed and everyone starts off in first place, which is especially valuable to me as a Cubs fan. In all honesty, I’m sorta unimpressed with the matchup chosen for Opening Night. I’m not sure who had the bright idea of having the worst team in the league host one of the best teams in the league to kick off the season. Maybe the MLB is just drawing attention to its caste system, who knows?

But this year I wanted to share my predictions with you. Posting these predictions to the public is almost as much for my benefit as it is for yours because I’d just like a place to host all of my predictions to see what I can get right.

So, without further ado, here are my predictions for the 2013 MLB season:

NL East

1st = Washington Nationals

2nd = Atlanta Braves — NL WILD CARD #1

3rd = Philadelphia Phillies

4th = Miami Marlins

5th = New York Mets

NL Central

1st = Cincinnati Reds

2nd = St. Louis Cardinals

3rd = Pittsburgh Pirates

4th = Chicago Cubs

5th = Milwaukee Brewers

NL West

1st = Los Angeles Dodgers

2nd = San Francisco Giants — NL WILD CARD #2

3rd = Arizona Diamondbacks

4th = San Diego Padres

5th = Colorado Rockies

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AL East

1st = Toronto Blue Jays

2nd = Batimore Orioles

3rd = Tampa Bay Rays

4th = Boston Red Sox

5th = New York Yankees

AL Central

1st = Detroit Tigers

2nd = Chicago White Sox

3rd = Cleveland Indians

4th = Kansas City Royals

5th = Minnesota Twins

AL West

1st = Los Angeles Angels

2nd = Texas Rangers — AL WILD CARD #1

3rd = Seattle Mariners — AL WILD CARD #2

4th = Oakland A’s

5th = Houston Astros

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NL WILDCARD GAME = Braves beat Giants

AL WILDCARD GAME = Rangers beat Mariners

NLDS #1 = Dodgers beat Braves

NLDS #2 = Nationals beat Reds

ALDS #1 = Angels beat Rangers

ALDS #2 = Tigers beat Blue Jays

NLCS = Nationals beat Dodgers

ALCS = Angels beat Tigers

World Series = Nationals beat Angels

World Series Champ = Washington Nationals

League Awards

NL MVP = Joey Votto

AL MVP = Mike Trout

NL CY YOUNG = Stephen Strasburg

AL CY YOUNG = Justin Verlander

NL ROOKIE OF THE YEAR = Zach Wheeler (NYM)

AL ROOKIE OF THE YEAR = Jurickson Profar (TEX)

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Armin van Buuren feat. Adam Young? Sign me up!

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In case you’re reading this and you’re unaware, I am a huge fan of trance music and I am an even bigger fan of Adam Young (all of his work, the most notable of which is Owl City). One of my favorite trance artists is named Armin van Buuren. When I heard of Adam Young in 2009, I was ecstatic to know he is influenced by not only John Piper, but also Armin van Buuren (this is when I knew I was going to be a big fan–those two never go together).

You see, trance music often gets the bad, but somewhat accurate, rap of being some sort of heathen-druggie-sexual-music. Though the concerts are nothing short of debauchery, the music is nonetheless pleasing to my ears as it makes me feel as though I am speeding through some beautifully-lit urban setting in the dark of night on a metropolitan adventure of great importance.

Trance music has fueled writing (blogging, school papers, and sermons alike) since I began listening to it my junior year of high school. The likes of Armin and Above & Beyond have always had a profound effect on me and somehow encourage me to be creative in whatever it is I’m doing that. This is why I like Owl City so much, you see, it often sounds like some of my favorite trance tracks with creatively cooky lyrics over top.

I love it when my music worlds collide. When Swedish House Mafia does a remix on Coldplay or when two of my artists collaborate on a track.

Recently, I discovered that Armin van Buuren and Adam Young collaborated on a track recently released by Armin called “Youtopia.” I am sharing it with you because I love it–hopefully you will too!

Have a great weekend, everyone! Super excited to go to the Blackhawk Christian musical tonight. Been too long since I’ve been to one of those!

-Chris