Carter Rolling Along

Carter Rolling Along

Wednesday Nov. 10, 2010
Posted: 8:15 a.m.

ARIZONA FALL LEAGUEPeoria Saguaros White Sox
Anthony Carter was one of the few bright spots in what was a dismal regular season for the Birmingham Barons. Carter saved 22 games for one of the worst teams in minor league baseball and headed into the AFL season as a pitcher worth watching.

Carter proved again on Tuesday night that hes just more than roster filler. He saved his third game for the Saguaros, who defeated the Peoria Javelinas, 6-4. Carter fanned two in a scoreless inning of work, giving him 14 strikeouts in eight innings over eight appearances.

Charlie Leesman also had one of his better AFL efforts, tossing a scoreless inning of his own. Leesman, who combined to win 14 games at Winston-Salem and Birmingham, had allowed runs in seven of his previous eight outings.

Infielder Eduardo Escobar was 1-for-5 and scored a run though he struck out three times while outfielder Jared Mitchell was 1-for-4 with a run scored and three strikeouts. He has fanned 22 times in 67 at-bats.

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

Bears numbers don't indicate 3-13, yet still lie

Bears numbers don't indicate 3-13, yet still lie

In doing some post-season wrapping up of my Nerdy NFL Notebook as we begin turning the page to the 2017 season, part of it involves compiling where each team finished in big-picture team offensive and defensive categories: overall ranking (total yards), as well as team rushing and passing ranks on both sides of the ball.

So if the Bears wound up ranked 15th overall in total yards gained and allowed, they should've finished…oh, 8-8, right? It adds to the deception of some of the deeper issues that focus on a lack of playmakers, which tied into their inability to make plays when it matters most. In John Fox's 9-23 start, 18 of those games have been decided by six points or less. They've won just six of those games. 

Offensively, the Bears ranked higher in total offense than five playoff teams: Kansas City (20), Detroit (21), Miami (24), New York Giants (25) and Houston (29). They wound up 17th in rushing offense, better than four teams who advanced: Seattle (25), Green Bay (26), New York Giants (29) and Detroit (30). And their 14th-ranked passing offense ranked better than the Giants (17), Kansas City (19), Dallas (23), Miami (26), Houston (29).

On the other side of the ball, they'd be even better off before allowing 109 points over the final three losses. Their total defense ranked better than Detroit (18), Green Bay (22), Kansas City (24), Atlanta (25), Oakland (26) and Miami (29). After being gashed for 558 rushing yards the last three games, they fell to 27th in the NFL against the run (better than only 30th-ranked Miami). But the seventh-ranked pass defense, despite collecting a measly eight interceptions (among only 11 turnovers), was better than nine playoff teams: Miami (15), Pittsburgh (16), Kansas City (18), Detroit (19), the Giants (23), Oakland (24), Dallas (26), Atlanta (28) and Green Bay (31).

[SHOP: Gear up Bears fans!]

What do all the hollow numbers indicate? A lack of complementary, opportunistic football, playmakers on both sides of the ball, a minus-20 turnover ratio, and a lack of quality and continuity at the quarterback position — to name a few. All of those playoff teams have more impact players (or kept more of their impact players healthy) than the Bears in 2016.

While some of the numbers aren't that bad to look at, and some even raise an eyebrow, there's still a deep climb from the most significant numbers: 3-13.

Wintrust Athlete of the Week: Fremd's Grace Tworek

Wintrust Athlete of the Week: Fremd's Grace Tworek

This week's Wintrust Athlete of the Week is Fremd senior Grace Tworek. 

Tworek has led the Vikings on and off the court this season. Last week, the Harvard commit put up a career-high 29 points in a win over Wheeling. 

Learn more about Tworek's success in the video above.