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Let’s rank and categorize all 30 baseball clubs for 2013.
Title Contenders - one of these three teams will win the World Series this year
1 - Los Angeles Angels
2 - Detroit Tigers
3 - Cincinnati Reds
Very Good teams - these teams are legit contenders. (As a Phillies fan, it’s really lame to see the NL East pulling away like this)
4 - Atlanta Braves
5 - Washington Nationals
6 - Toronto Blue Jays
Good teams that could be very good
7 - San Francisco Giants
8 - Arizona Diamondbacks
Good teams that could be middle of the road
9 - Milwaukee Brewers
10 - Los Angeles Dodgers
Middle of the road - not great. Not bad. Solid teams
11 - Boston Red Sox
12 - Colorado Rockies
13 - Chicago White Sox
14 - Texas Rangers
15 - Kansas City Royals
16 - St. Louis Cardinals
Downward and Upward - one of these teams needs to rebuild, probably. The other looks like they may finally be getting the rebuilding thing done right.
17 - Philadelphia Phillies
18 - Pittsburgh Pirates
Worse than you think - Lots of projections out there love these 3 teams this year. I’m not buying any of them.
19 - Tampa Bay Rays
20 - Cleveland Indians
21 - Baltimore Orioles
Too many holes - These teams have lots of holes and should perform about as well (or about as poorly) as most people expect.
22 - Chicago Cubs
23 - Oakland Athletics
Injury Bitten - teams that could be better but won’t be better thanks to injuries.
24 - New York Yankees
25 - San Diego Padres
Bottom Feeders - the worst teams in baseball. Expect ugly seasons from these teams.
26 - Houston Astros
27 - Seattle Mariners
28 - Miami Marlins
29 - Minnesota Twins
30 - New York Mets
Bring on Opening Day!
First up is a movie about awkward sex. Or something.
Here are 10 great albums released this year (ranked with some juicy Spotify embeds). It’s been a great music-year already. The plan is to update this list once I hit 20 great albums. Then 30, 40, and finally 50. My unpublished top 50 lists from 2011 and 2012 have taught me that saving things up for some big end of year reveal that no one will read doesn’t work, so let’s try this instead.
1 - Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Push the Sky Away
2 - Local Natives - Hummingbird
3 - Rhye - Woman
4 - Dawn Richard - GoldenHeart
5 - Bilal - A Love Surreal
6 - Foxygen - We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic
7 - Unknown Mortal Orchestra - II
8 - Widowspeak - Almanac
9 - Jose James - No Beginning No End
10 - Adam Green and Binki Shapiro - Adam Green and Binki Shapiro
ALSO coming tomorrow - movie discussions (I’m no critic, so I won’t say movie reviews). Blogresurrection is on.
I will admit to having missed out on Santigold’s first album. The same thing will not happen this time around. This track is great and I’m anxiously awaiting more.