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Cubbies Pace Mesa Past The Javelinas

Cubbies Pace Mesa Past The Javelinas

Tuesday Oct. 19, 2010
Posted: 5:50 p.m.

Kevin Czerwinski
CSNChicago.com

ARIZONA FALL LEAGUEMesa Solar Sox Cubs
The Cubs had several players make big contributions Tuesday in Mesas 6-5 victory against the Peoria Javelinas.

Josh Vitters RBI single in the ninth gave the Solar Sox a 6-4 advantage. He finished with a pair of hits in five at-bats, raising his batting average to .261 through five games. Ryan Flaherty, meanwhile, had a hit in two at-bats, drew three walks and scored twice.

David Cales pitched two scoreless innings to earn his first victory. He allowed a pair of hits and fanned one. Jake Muyco, who split the regular season between Tennessee and Iowa, started. He allowed a run on four hits over three innings in what was his second start.
Peoria Saguaros White Sox
Jared Mitchell extended his hitting streak to three games on Tuesday in Peorias 7-3 loss at Phoenix.

Mitchell had a pair of hits, pushing his average to .304. He has four hits in 10 at-bats during the streak. Eduardo Escobar was 1-for-4 with a walk and now has four hits in his last eight at-bats. Henry Mabee was hit hard for a second consecutive outing, allowing three runs on four hits and walk in one inning. Mabee, who pitched to a 3.65 ERA during the regular season with Double-A Birmingham, has given up eight runs on nine hits over three innings.

Kevin Czerwinski can be reached at ktczerwinski@gmail.com.

Fantasy Football, Week 2: Start Allen Robinson vs. Broncos

Fantasy Football, Week 2: Start Allen Robinson vs. Broncos

Fantasy football owners are in the process of setting their Week 2 starting lineups and there's one Chicago Bears skill player who should be a near-consensus first-teamer Sunday: wide receiver Allen Robinson.

After an impressive debut in Week 1 against the Packers, Robinson looks like he's finally regained the form that led to 1,400 yards and 14 touchdowns back in 2015. He was cursed by horrendous quarterback play and a torn ACL in the two seasons that followed, and last year was more like a medical redshirt season in Chicago as he worked his way back to 100 percent health.

In Thursday's opener, Robinson went off for 102 yards on seven catches. Yes, that qualifies as 'going off' considering how terrible the rest of the Bears' offense was.

In Week 2's game against the Denver Broncos, Robinson has a favorable matchup against a secondary that just allowed Oakland's Tyrell Williams to torch them for 105 yards and a touchdown.

According to CBS Sports fantasy expert Jamey Eisenberg, Robinson is a 'start 'em' on Sunday.

I was skeptical of Robinson last week against Green Bay. I was wrong. He looked great in Week 1 at home with seven catches for 102 yards on 13 targets, and he was the best Fantasy option in that game. Mitchell Trubisky locked eyes on him often, and hopefully that continues, especially against the Broncos. Williams just played well against this Denver secondary, and I expect Robinson to do the same. He's a solid No. 2 Fantasy receiver in all leagues for Week 2.

The only thing potentially working against Robinson is the Bears' expected effort to get the running game more involved. If Matt Nagy maintains a more balanced game script, Robinson likely won't see 13 targets again. And if that's the case, his fantasy value will depend on how accurate Mitchell Trubisky is with the targets he does launch A-Rob's way.

Regardless, the passing game will run through Robinson, which should result in another game in which he challenges for 100 yards and a score.

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Bears vs. Broncos: How many yards will Trubisky throw for in Week 2?

Bears vs. Broncos: How many yards will Trubisky throw for in Week 2?

The Chicago Bears finally return to action Sunday against the Denver Broncos in what's been described as a potential get-right game for Mitchell Trubisky and the entire offense. There's no denying Trubisky needs a strong showing to keep his critics at bay, but his impact on a Bears win (or loss) will matter more than his production.

Simply put, Chicago can't drop to 0-2.

The Broncos' defense, led by former Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio, looked terrible against the Raiders in Week 1. The most shocking storyline that came from Denver's loss was the shutout pitched by the Raiders offensive line against star pass rushers Von Miller and Bradley Chubb. As a result, Fangio's squad enters Sunday's game ranked 16th in yards allowed, 17th in points, 17th in passing yards allowed, and 19th in rushing.

Sure, it's only one game and it's hardly enough of a sample size to suggest Denver will be a middle-of-the-road defense all year long, but it's not like Oakland is expected to be an offensive powerhouse either. Week 1's underwhelming game does matter.

All of this adds up to Trubisky having an opportunity for a nice rebound game in Week 2.

As for his stat line? The experts at Fantasy Pros are predicting a pretty average performance. They have Trubisky going for 232.4 yards, 1.4 touchdowns and 0.9 interceptions. He's expected to add 21.7 rushing yards, too.

Round up (or down) the numbers, and Trubisky's stat line will be just fine if the Bears come out with a win.

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