Major League Baseball 2017 Season Predictions

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Don’t count out the Chicago Cubs this season! (Photo Credit: Rolling Stone/Getty Images)

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

In honor of a brand new Major League Baseball (MLB) season, here are a few thoughts and predictions, including what team will celebrate a World Series victory.

Care to share your thoughts on this season’s Major League Baseball season? Send me a tweet at @MattNoonan11 or an email to NoontimeSports@gmail.com

American League Predictions

American League East

Toronto Blue Jays

American League Central

Cleveland Indians

American League West 

Houston Astros

American League Wild Card

Boston Red Sox

American League Wild Card

Texas Rangers

National League Predictions 

National League East 

Washington Nationals

National League Central 

Chicago Cubs

National League West

Los Angeles Dodgers

National League Wild Card

San Francisco Giants

National League Wild Card

Pittsburgh Pirates

 

American League & National League Champion Predictions

American League Champion

Cleveland Indians

National League Champion

Chicago Cubs

 

World Series Champion Predictions

World Series Champion

Chicago Cubs

Wheaton College To The Texas Rangers: Jared Barnes’ Baseball Journey

Photo Credit: NewEraMLB.blogspot.com

By NoontimeSports.com 

Jared Barnes loves baseball, and like many, he’s pursuing a dream of working in the sport he’s always loved.

Noontime Sports caught up with the former Wheaton College alum recently to talk about his love for the sport, as well as his current journey, which has landed him in Texas with the Rangers as baseball operations intern. Jared was so kind to share his story, along with provide insight on what it’s like to work in baseball, too.

1.) Going way back, way before Wheaton College, what was one of your first and fondest memories about the sport of baseball? Was there a moment from your youth that sticks out?

The first baseball memory that comes to mind for me is always my first trip to Fenway Park with my Dad in July of 1994. We sat five rows directly behind the Red Sox on-deck circle and it was my first real exposure to the game at the highest level. Ever since I think anyone who knows me can attest that baseball has been a pretty big part of my life.

It had always been my hope while growing up to play professionally, but unfortunately for many of us the game ends before reaching that point. Yet, a lot of my family memories are focused around the game of baseball. Family vacations were always spent at my baseball tournaments, and my Dad always devoted a lot of time to helping me workout and get better in the offseason. I had a lot of great experiences playing the game and was able to do so thanks to many sacrifices my parents made.

2.) What are some of your favorite memories about playing baseball for Wheaton College? Correct me if I’m wrong, but you were on the team that made it to the World Series in ’06, right?

I was a freshman on the 2006 team that went to the Division III World Series, and baseball-wise it’s tough to top that week. It’s an experience I will never forget and I was really fortunate to come in as a freshman and be a part of that team’s success. That’s something I will always be able to say I was a part of and is pretty special to me. It brought back a lot of memories watching Wheaton’s run to the national title game again this season, and was a really proud moment for a lot of the alums of the program.

Looking back though a lot of my favorite memories are the day-to-day occurrences that are a part of building a team and an identity each year. The bus rides, early morning sprint workouts, and lifelong friendships I formed with teammates are the special aspects of being a student-athlete, and I think anyone that played a collegiate sport misses some of that every day once it’s over.

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Daily Noontime – April 19, 2012

Paul Pierce paced the Green and White with 29 points and 14 assists, as Boston defeated Orlando on Wednesday, 102-98! (Photo Credit: New York Daily News)

By NoontimeSports.com 

Happy Thursday everyone! It’s supposed to be another great day, and while we anxiously await for the warm weather to arrive, let’s kick-start the day with some headlines and news from the Hub!

* The Boston Celtics won their 30th division crown on Wednesday, as they defeated the Orlando Magic, 102-98. Paul Pierce led all scorers with 29 points, while Brandon Bass added 21 points and Avery Bradley recorded 23 points. Pierce also recorded a career-high in assists, as he finished the contest with 14 dimes.

* Boston currently remains three and a half games ahead New York in the Atlantic Division, and fourth in the Eastern Conference. The Celtics will attempt to earn their 38th win of the season on Friday when they travel to Atlanta to face the Hawks.

* The Boston Bruins will attempt to earn their third win against Washington on Thursday, as Game No. 4 of this particular Eastern Conference quarterfinals is slated to begin at 7:30pm.

* Washington’s head coach Dale Hunter accused Boston on Tuesday for being “head hunters,” but Bruins head coach Claude Julien responded by saying, “we just gotta focus on what we have to do to win a series, and win a game.”

* The Boston Red Sox up and down home stand continued on Wednesday, as the Texas Rangers concluded their two-game series with a 6-3 win. The Sox earned a 2-0 lead in the bottom half of the second inning, but couldn’t preserve it, as the Rangers managed to earn the lead for good in the fourth inning with a Mike Napoli two-run shot.

* Against the Rangers on Wednesday, Josh Beckett pitched seven innings and surrendered seven hits, three runs, and one home run, while Derek Holland earned his second win of the season — he yielded two earned runs over seven innings.

* The Red Sox will return to the diamond on Friday when they host the New York Yankees.

Daily Noontime – April 18, 2012

Jon Lester lasted only two innings on Tuesday, and surrendered eight hits, seven earned runs and one home run! (Photo Credit: RedSox.com)

By NoontimeSports.com 

Happy Wednesday to everyone! Let’s kick-start the day with some news and headlines from the six New England states!

* The defending American League Champions, (Texas Rangers) rolled into Fenway Park on Tuesday, and walloped the Boston Red Sox, 18-3. Jon Lester last two innings, and surrendered eight hits, seven earned runs and one home run. Dustin Pedroia and Adrian Gonzalez each recorded a home run in the loss.

* Boston and Texas will conclude their two-game series on Wednesday at 7pm — Josh Beckett opposes Derek Holland.

* Paul Pierce netted 43 points on Tuesday, which wasn’t enough to beat New York, as the Knicks defeated the Boston Celtics, 118-110. Kevin Garnett finished the contest with 20 points, five rebounds and three assists, while Carmelo Anthony paced the Knicks with 35 points.

* The Celtics will attempt to snap their one-game losing streak on Wednesday when they host the Orlando Magic at 8pm. Also, if Boston beats Orlando, they’ll claim the Atlantic Division.

* Washington received some bad news on Tuesday, as the NHL suspended Nicklas Backstrom for a cross-check penalty, which occurred at the end of Monday’s contest against Boston. The Bruins currently lead their Eastern Conference quarterfinals series, 2-1, and will return to the ice on Thursday for Game No. 4.

Daily Noontime – April 17, 2012

Zdeno Chara netted the game-winning goal on Monday, which helped Boston defeat Washington, 4-3! (Photo Credit: ChiTown Nation)

By NoontimeSports.com 

Happy Tuesday to everyone, and welcome into yet another tremendous edition of the Daily Noontime! Let’s jumpstart the day with some news and headlines from the city of… winners!

* The Boston Bruins earned one-game series lead on Monday, as they defeated the Washington Capitals, 4-3. Zdeno Chara netted the game-winning goal late in the third period, while Tim Thomas deflected 29 shots between the pipes.

* Boston will attempt to earn a two-game lead on Thursday when they return to the ice for Game No. 4. The last time the Bruins led a series 2-1 was against the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 2011 Eastern Conference Finals, which Boston won.

* According to reports – Washington’s Nicklas Backstrom received a “match penalty” at the end of Game No. 3 on Monday, which means he’ll most likely miss the fourth game of this particular series. Also, the league will now have to review the play, too.

* Boston and Tampa Bay concluded their four-game series on Monday, and sadly, the Red Sox didn’t record a sweep, as Sean Rodriguez scored the only run of the day for the Rays. Daniel Bard lasted six and two-thirds innings, and managed to fan seven batters. However, Bard’s only mistake was allowing Rodriguez to score after walking Evan Longoria in the seventh inning.

* The Red Sox will look to snap their one-game losing streak on Tuesday when they welcome the Texas Rangers to Fenway Park — first pitch is scheduled for 7:10pm — Jon Lester opposes Colby Lewis.

* The Boston Celtics will look to earn their third consecutive victory on Tuesday when they travel to New York to face the Knicks — tip-off is scheduled for 8:00pm.

* Finally, Wesley Koir and Sharon Cherop won the 116th Boston Marathon on Monday.