5/31/13

Domonic Brown's Dominant Start to the Season



    

      In the last 30 days, nobody has hit more home runs (in the National League) than Domonic Brown of the Philadelphia Phillies. The outfielder is beginning his first full season in the big leagues as a left fielder, and is already on pace to hit almost 40 homers this season. That is more than both Mike Trout and Bryce Harper in their first full seasons. The main difference is that Brown is 25 years old.

     Brown's 1.385 OPS in the past week leads the majors, as well as his 5 home runs and 8 runs batted in. The big deal about Brown is that he has more raw power than most. His home run per fly ball rate is one of the highest in the league, while only having 9 walks. If he can become more selective to get himself into better  hitting counts, Brown can easily be a perennial 30 to 40 home run hitter with a decent average and the speed to steal bases.

5/30/13

Cardboard Player Spotlight: Chris Davis


Chris Davis
1B - Baltimore Orioles

Notable Stats - 2013
  • OPS: 1.214     1st in AL
  • SLG: .766    2nd in AL
  • HR: 19     1st in AL
  • RBI: 50     2nd in AL     
  • BB: 29     7th in AL
  • AVG: .359     2nd in AL
Age: 27
Debut: 2008

     With all the hype about guys like Miguel Cabrera, guys like Chris Davis are a little overshadowed. Davis is putting together a monster season so far, with a massive .766 slugging percentage to lead the big leagues by far. His 19 homers puts him on pace to hit well over 50 this year as well.

     Overall, is Davis keeps up the numbers, he has a legitimate shot at an All Star appearance, Silver Slugger, and an AL MVP award for 2013.

5/29/13

Dioner Navarro hits Three Homers in Cubs-White Sox Game

     Catcher Dioner Navarro blasted three homers in Wednesday's "Chicago Game" against the White Sox. The three dingers brings his season total up to six. 

The Cubs ended up winning the game. Navarro had 6 RBIs.



5/28/13

Can JaMarcus Russell return to the NFL?


    


      JaMarcus Russell, former Raiders QB, has lost a whopping 50 pounds. He is hoping to make a return to the NFL. Several teams are interested in the 3-year-veteran, but none have made an offer yet.

     He has a little over 4000 passing yards in 31 games played, but Russell can be a solid starter for a run heavy team, or even a nice backup to a young QB. Formerly over 300 pounds, Russell now weighs in at around 250-260.

5/27/13

MLB Power Rankings - May 27th


  1. Texas Rangers
  2. St. Louis Cardinals
  3. Atlanta Braves
  4. New York Yankees
  5. Cincinnati Reds 
  6. Cleveland Indians
  7. Pittsburgh Pirates
  8. Boston Red Sox
  9. Arizona Diamondbacks
  10. Washington Nationals
The streaking Braves have moved up a few spots, while the Rangers and Cardinals remain at the top.

Cardboard Sports Blog

5/26/13

Angel Pagan gives Giants the Walk Off Win with Inside the Park Home Run


     Angel Pagan walked off against the Rockies yesterday in extra innings. His home run never left the park. In other words the Giants may not have ended up winning if he was any bit slower.

     The win moved the Giants into a tie for the lead in the National League West.


5/25/13

Anibal Sanchez One Hit Shutout of Twins


Anibal Sanchez carried a no hitter into the ninth inning of last night's Twins-Tigers game. 
Joe Mauer ended up hitting a single, the Twins' only hit.

So Anibal settled for the one-hit shutout with 12 strikeouts, as the Tigers won 6-0.

5/24/13

NFL Top 100 Analysis: 51-60


NFL Top 100: 51 through 60 - from NFL.com
60: Jared Allen - Defensive End
59: Derrick Johnson - Linebacker
58: Victor Cruz - Wide Receiver
57: Doug Martin - Running Back
56: Terrell Suggs - Linebacker
55: Jason Pierre-Paul - Defensive End
54: Julius Peppers - Defensive End
53: Champ Bailey - Cornerback
52: Vincent Jackson - Wide Receiver 
51: Russell Wilson - Quarterback

Positions:
Quarterback: 1
Running Back: 1
Wide Receiver: 2
Tight End: 0
Full Back: 0
Offensive Lineman: 0

Linebacker: 2
Cornerback: 1
Safety: 0
Defensive Lineman: 3
Special Teams: 0

Most Overrated: Derrick Johnson

Most Underrated: Russell Wilson

5/23/13

Early Season MVP Picks MLB


National League
Troy Tulowitzki - Colorado Rockies
Stat-wise, he has the be at the top of my list. He is second in OPS and second in RBIs.


Contenders

  • Joey Votto
  • Paul Goldschmidt
  • Shin-Soo Choo




American League
Miguel Cabrera - Detroit Tigers
Well he is first in OPS, average, and RBIs...


Contenders

  • Chris Davis
  • Mike Trout
  • Evan Longoria
Pictures from ESPN.com

5/22/13

Mike Trout hits for Cycle, youngest in AL History



     Last night against the Mariners, 21 year old Mike Trout hit for his first cycle. Turns out he is the youngest in American League history to do so.

     The reigning AL Rookie of the Year, Trout is hitting .293 with a .931 OPS this season. He also has 9 home runs, 9 stolen bases, and 34 RBI. His 26 extra base hits are tied for second in the AL. 

5/21/13

Early Season Cy Young Picks

National League
Clayton Kershaw - LA Dodgers
He already has one Cy Young under his belt, and he has the experience to keep up the good work.


Contenders

  • Patrick Corbin
  • Jordan Zimmerman
  • Matt Harvey




American League
Matt Moore - Tampa Bay Rays
All I really have to say is.... he is 8 and 0 so far.


Contenders

  • Clay Buchholz
  • Justin Masterson
  • Hiroki Kuroda
Pictures from ESPN.com

5/20/13

Can Miguel Cabrera win another Triple Crown in 2013?


     Miguel Cabrera, Major League Baseball's best hitter, is on track to win a second Triple Crown in 2013, a year after winning the first Triple Crown in over 50 years in 2012. 

     Through May 20th, Miggy has a whopping .387 batting average (first in the league), 47 RBIs (first in the league), and 11 homers (one behind first place). His 1.116 OPS and 67 hits lead the league as well. I know we are only a quarter of the way through the season, but knowing Cabrera....

Trivia
  • If Miguel Cabrera wins another Triple Crown, he will join Rogers Hornsby and Ted Williams as the only players in baseball history to win two Triple Crowns.
  • Matt Harvey of the New York Mets has a chance at a pitching Triple Crown in the NL. 
  • Former Cy Young winners Clayton Kershaw and Justin Verlander were the last to win pitching Triple Crowns in 2011.



5/19/13

MLB Power Rankings - May 19th



  1. Texas Rangers
  2. St. Louis Cardinals
  3. San Francisco Giants
  4. New York Yankees
  5. Cincinnati Reds 
  6. Baltimore Orioles
  7. Detroit Tigers
  8. Atlanta Braves
  9. Pittsburgh Pirates
  10. Washington Nationals
Texas is still at the top of the Cardboard MLB Power Rankings for this week.

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5/18/13

Cardboard Player Spotlight: Justin Upton


Justin Upton
OF - Atlanta Braves

Notable Stats - 2013
  • OPS: 1.042     2nd in NL
  • SLG: .639    2nd in NL
  • HR: 14     1st in NL
  • RBI: 28     8th in NL     
  • BB: 29     3rd in NL
Age: 25
Debut: 2007

    Justin Upton is making a solid case for himself for National League MVP, if he keeps up his current production, that is. Both Justin and his older brother B.J. were sent to Atlanta before the season, while Justin has continued his success, B.J. is batting a sub-500 OPS, in other words, less than half of his brother's.

    You can also argue that, without Justin Upton, the Braves would not be close to where they are now. Oh and, he is only 25... so he isn't in his prime yet.


5/17/13

NFL Top 100 Analysis: 61-70




NFL Top 100: 61 through 70 - from NFL.com
70: Chad Greenway - Linebacker
69: Tim Jennings - Cornerback
68: Demaryius Thomas - Wide Receiver
67: Darrelle Revis - Cornerback
66: Earl Thomas - Safety
65: Dwayne Bowe - Wide Receiver
64: Alfred Morris - Running Back
63: Stephen Tulloch - Linebacker
62: Chris Johnson - Running Back
61: Ben Roethlisberger - Quarterback

Positions:
Quarterback: 1
Running Back: 2
Wide Receiver: 2
Tight End: 0
Full Back: 0
Offensive Lineman: 0

Linebacker: 2
Cornerback: 2
Safety: 1
Defensive Lineman: 0
Special Teams: 0

Most Overrated: Ben Roethlisberger

Most Underrated: Earl Thomas

5/16/13

Will Mark Sanchez start for the Jets in 2013?


David Garrard has left the New York Jets to retire. Unfortunately for the Jets, this means Mark Sanchez is the team's best option at Quarterback to start the 2013 season.

All I have to say is: Mark would be better off sitting on the bench, at least for the Jets' sake.

Start Geno Smith please. If he can get some pro experience under his belt, he can become a franchise QB.

5/15/13

Miguel Cabrera and Avisail Garcia Look Alikes






Miguel Cabrera has a look alike, and his name is Avisail Garcia. The funny thing is that they are teammates on the Detroit Tigers. Garcia, an outfielder, just hit his first Major League homer against the Astros.

Oh and no. I will not tell you which one is which in the pictures.

5/14/13

NFL Preseason Schedule 2013

The 2013 NFL preseason schedule has been released. This table comes from NFL.com

AFC
Week 1: at Indianapolis Colts
Aug. 16: Minnesota Vikings, 7 p.m.
Aug. 24: at Washington Redskins, 4 p.m.
Week 4: Detroit Lions
HOF Game: vs. Dallas Cowboys (NBC)
Week 1: at Jacksonville Jaguars
Week 2: at Houston Texans
Week 3: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Week 4: New Orleans Saints
Aug. 9: at Philadelphia Eagles, 7:30 p.m.
Aug. 16: Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 8 p.m. (FOX)
Aug. 22: at Detroit Lions, 7:30 p.m.
Aug 29: New York Giants, 7:30 p.m.
Week 1: at Detroit Lions
Week 2: Jacksonville Jaguars
Week 3: at New York Giants
Week 4: Philadelphia Eagles
Week 1: at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Week 2: Atlanta Falcons
Week 3: Carolina Panthers(ESPN)
Week 4: at St. Louis Rams
Week 1: at Atlanta Falcons(ESPN)
Week 2: Tennessee Titans
Week 3: at Dallas Cowboys
Week 4: Indianapolis Colts
Week 1: St. Louis Rams
Week 2: Detriot Lions
Week 3: at Indianapolis Colts
Week 4: at Chicago Bears
Aug. 10: vs. New York Giants, 7:30 p.m.
Aug. 19: at Washington Redskins, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
Aug. 24: vs. Kansas City Chiefs, 7:30 p.m.
Week 4: at Carolina Panthers
Aug. 9: at Minnesota Vikings, 8 p.m.
Week 2: Miami Dolphins
Week 3: New Orleans Saints (FOX)
Week 4: at Dallas Cowboys
Week 1: Buffalo Bills
Week 2: at New York Giants(FOX)
Week 3: Cleveland Browns
Week 4: at Cincinnati Bengals
Week 1: Miami Dolphins
Week 2: at New York Jets
Week 3: Philadelphia Eagles
Week 4: at Atlanta Falcons
Aug. 8: Washington Redskins, 8 p.m.
Week 2: at Cincinnati Bengals
Week 3: Atlanta Falcons
Aug. 29: at Minnesota Vikings, 8 p.m.
Week 1: at San Francisco 49ers
Week 2: at Seattle Seahawks
Week 3: St. Louis Rams(CBS)
Week 4: Arizona Cardinals
Week 1: at New Orleans Saints
Week 2: San Francisco 49ers
Aug. 24: at Pittsburgh Steelers, 7:30 p.m.
Week 4: Green Bay Packers
Aug. 9: Dallas Cowboys, 10 p.m.
Aug. 16: at New Orleans Saints, 8 p.m.
Week 3: Chicago Bears
Aug. 29: at Seattle Seahawks, 10 p.m.
Week 1: Seattle Seahawks
Week 2: at Chicago Bears(ESPN)
Week 3: at Arizona Cardinals
Week 4: San Francisco 49ers
NFC
HOF Game: vs. Miami Dolphins (NBC)
Aug. 9: at Oakland Raiders, 10 p.m.
Week 2: at Arizona Cardinals
Week 3: Cincinnati Bengals
Week 4: Houston Texans
Aug. 10: at Pittsburgh Steelers, 7:30 p.m.
Week 2: Indianapolis Colts(FOX)
Week 3: New York Jets
Aug. 29: at New England Patriots, 7:30 p.m.
Aug. 9: New England Patriots, 7:30 p.m.
Week 2: Carolina Panthers
Week 3: at Jacksonville Jaguars
Week 4: at New York Jets
Aug. 8: at Tennessee Titans, 8 p.m.
Aug. 19: vs. Pittsburgh Steelers, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
Aug. 24: Buffalo Bills, 4 p.m.
Aug. 29: at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 7:30 p.m.
Week 1: at Carolina Panthers
Week 2: San Diego Chargers (ESPN)
Week 3: at Oakland Raiders
Week 4: Cleveland Browns
Week 1: New York Jets
Week 2: at Cleveland Browns
Aug. 22: New England Patriots, 7:30 p.m.
Week 4: at Buffalo Bills
Week 1: Arizona Cardinals
Week 2: at St. Louis Rams
Week 3: Seattle Seahawks(CBS)
Week 4: at Kansas City Chiefs
Aug. 9: Houston Texans, 8 p.m.
Aug. 16: at Buffalo Bills, 7 p.m.
Aug. 25: at San Francisco 49ers (NBC), 8 p.m.
Aug. 29: Tennessee Titans, 8 p.m.
Week 1: Cincinnati Bengals (ESPN)
Week 2: at Baltimore Ravens
Week 3: at Tennessee Titans
Week 4: Jacksonville Jaguars
Week 1: Chicago Bears
Week 2: at Philadelphia Eagles
Week 3: at Baltimore Ravens(ESPN)
Week 4: Pittsburgh Steelers
Week 1: Kansas City Chiefs
Aug. 16: Oakland Raiders, 8 p.m.
Week 3: at Houston Texans(FOX)
Week 4: at Miami Dolphins
Week 1: Baltimore Ravens
Aug. 16: at New England Patriots (FOX), 8 p.m.
Week 3: at Miami Dolphins
Aug. 29: Washington Redskins, 7:30 p.m.
Week 1: at Green Bay Packers
Week 2: Dallas Cowboys
Week 3: San Diego Chargers
Week 4: at Denver Broncos
Week 1: at Cleveland Browns
Week 2: Green Bay Packers
Week 3: at Denver Broncos(CBS)
Week 4: Baltimore Ravens
Week 1: Denver Broncos
Week 2: at Kansas City Chiefs
Aug. 25: Minnesota Vikings(NBC), 8 p.m.
Week 4: at San Diego Chargers
Week 1: at San Diego Chargers
Week 2: Denver Broncos
Week 3: at Green Bay Packers(CBS)
Aug. 29: Oakland Raiders, 10 p.m.

5/13/13

NFL Top 100 Analysis: 71-80






NFL Top 100: 71 through 80 - from NFL.com

80: Dwight Freeney - Defensive End
79: Luke Kuechly - Linebacker
78: Joe Staley - Tackle
77: Aaron Hernandez - Tight End
76: Matthew Stafford - Quarterback
75: Brandon Flowers - Cornerback
74: Robert Mathis - Defensive End
73: Antonio Gates - Tight End
72: Mario Williams - Defensive End
71: Trent Richardson - Running Back

Positions:
Quarterback: 1
Running Back: 1
Wide Receiver: 0
Tight End: 2
Full Back: 0
Offensive Lineman: 1

Linebacker: 1
Cornerback: 1
Safety: 0
Defensive Lineman: 3
Special Teams: 0

Most Overrated: Trent Richardson

Most Underrated: Aaron Hernandez

5/12/13

Cardboard Player Spotlight: Hisashi Iwakuma

Hisashi Iwakuma
SP - Seattle Mariners

Notable Stats - 2013
  • ERA: 1.74     4th in AL
  • WHIP: 0.74     1st in AL
  • IP: 51 2/3     6th in AL
  • SO: 51     7th in AL
  • OPS Against: .477     1st in AL
Age: 32
Debut: 2012

    Iwakuma has been flat out dominant this 2013 season, going 4-1 in 8 starts for the Mariners. He has surgical control of four pitches, including a 89-92 mph fastball and an extremely nasty splitter.

     If Iwakuma can keep up this level of play for a whole 162 games, he has a very legitimate shot at his first Cy Young.



5/11/13

NBA Prediction: Miami will easily win the NBA Finals


     The Miami Heat is averaging almost 102 points per game against the Chicago Bulls so far in the NBA Playoffs, and that is including their 93-86 loss in Game 1. LeBron alone is averaging almost 23 points per game, along with a good number of assists. Even without D. Rose, the Bulls are no pushover of a team.

Until a team can prove they can beat Miami in a full series, I'll pick them to win this year, next year, and so on.

5/10/13

NFL Best Plays 2012: One-handed Catches



As you guys know NFL.com is highlighting the best plays of last season.

Well here in Cardboard Sports I am going to show you guys a few of the many awesome one-handed grabs from 2012.

A.J. Green


Mohamed Sanu

Eric Decker

Zach Miller


Cardboard Sports is awesome too, by the way.

5/9/13

Indians-Athletics Disputed Call Stands



http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20130509&content_id=47060278&vkey=news_mlb&c_id=mlb

In the 9th inning of an Athletics-Indians game Adam Rosales hit an out-of-the-park double. Yes, it went totally over the fence. The umpires even used instant replay after A's manager Bob Melvin came out of the dugout. When they ruled the hit a double, Melvin argued and was ejected.



MLB has ruled that the call stands, as it was still up to the umpires.

5/8/13

J.A. Happ Hit in Head by Line Drive



http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20130508&content_id=46954168&vkey=news_mlb&c_id=mlb

     Toronto Blue Jays pitcher J.A. Happ was struck in the side of the head by a line drive hit by Desmond Jennings yesterday in Tampa Bay. He left the game in the middle of the second inning.

Happ remained conscious and is now out of the hospital.

5/7/13

NFL Top 100 Analysis: 81-100

NFL Top 100: 81 through 100 - from NFL.com
100: Dennis Pitta - Tight End
 99: Trent Williams - Tackle
 98: Maurice Jones-Drew - Running Back
 97: Heath Miller - Tight End
 96: Dashon Goldson - Safety
 95: Max Unger - Center
 94: Daryl Washington - Linebacker
 93: Anquan Boldin - Wide Receiver
 92: Gerald McCoy - Defensive Tackle
 91: Troy Polamalu - Safety
 90: Percy Harvin - Wide Receiver
 89: Cameron Wake - Linebacker
 88: Jacoby Jones - Wide Receiver
 87: Bernard Pollard - Safety
 86: London Fletcher - Linebacker
 85: Charles Woodson - Cornerback
 84: Steve Smith - Wide Receiver
 83: Lance Briggs - Linebacker
 82: Logan Mankins - Guard
 81: Colin Kaepernick - Quarterback

Positions:
Quarterback: 1
Running Back: 1
Wide Receiver: 4
Tight End: 2
Full Back: 0
Offensive Lineman: 3

Linebacker: 4
Cornerback: 1
Safety: 3
Defensive Lineman: 1
Special Teams: 0

Most Overrated: Colin Kaepernick

Most Underrated: Anquan Boldin

5/6/13

Yu Darvish on pace to Strikeout 375+ in 2013



     Yu Darvish may become the first pitcher since 2002 to strikeout 300 batters in a single season. In fact, he is on pace to strikeout well over 300 so far. The Rangers starter has been dominant, posting a mere .169 opposing batting average.

     Keep in mind that I said "may become the first pitcher since 2002". Barely one fifth of the season has gone by. If something goes wrong for Darvish, his chances of getting 300 K's will plummet. Not only can he not afford to make any less than 30 starts, he must also keep at the pace he is on.

    AJ Burnett of the Pirates is on pace to strikeout about 260, while Max Scherzer of the Detroit Tigers is on track for around 288 K's.



   

5/5/13

Hank Conger's Crazy Bunt Single




Last night 25 year old Hank Conger, catcher for the Angels, made a perfect bunt to the third base side. He made it to first base without a throw. The funny part is this:

http://mlb.mlb.com/cutfour/index.jsp#contentId=46632664

Conger tumbles over while running up the line, yet he still makes it to first. He laughs it off afterwards.

Conger finished 1 for 4 with a run scored (thanks to his bunt). He is batting .222 for the season.

5/4/13

Cardboard Player Spotlights

Every week I will be posting a Cardboard Player Spotlight, in which I spotlight a professional sports player. I will try to have players from a variety of sports and teams, but as always I will end up focusing on Major League Baseball and NFL players.

I will begin with showing the player's recent stats, and even some fun facts / trivia about the player.

The goal is to get you to know a player like you would know about your favorite teams' players.

The first Cardboard Player Spotlight (CPS) will be next week.

5/3/13

MLB Power Rankings - May 3rd


  1. Texas Rangers
  2. Boston Red Sox
  3. St. Louis Cardinals
  4. Atlanta Braves
  5. Washington Nationals
  6. Baltimore Orioles
  7. Detroit Tigers
  8. Colorado Rockies
  9. San Francisco Giants
  10. New York Yankees
My first baseball Power Rankings, like the NFL ones, more to come every few weeks or so.

Cardboard Sports Blog

5/2/13

NFL Post-draft Power Rankings 2013 - May


  1. San Francisco 49ers
  2. Denver Broncos
  3. Seattle Seahawks
  4. Atlanta Falcons
  5. New England Patriots
  6. Green Bay Packers
  7. Houston Texans
  8. Baltimore Ravens
  9. New York Giants
  10. Cincinnati Bengals
My first Power Rankings for the NFL, post-draft.

More to come every few weeks or so.

5/1/13

New Sports Blog: Cardboard Sports



     Cardboard Sports is a brand new sports blog by Cardboard Media. The blog will feature sports news from all major American sports leagues, but will focus on NFL Football and MLB. It will be updated 5-7 times a week with news and articles.

     If you are interested in writing for Cardboard Sports, comment below or email us in the "Contact Us" section.


Keep on visiting for updates and interesting articles!