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Through the Wire: Week 5

RP David Robertson, New York Yankees

It’s probably too late to cash in on this gem of a pickup,
but it’s worth a shot. Mariano Rivera is officially done for the season and
maybe his career after tearing his ACL in pre game warm-ups on Thursday night.
Robertson is presumably going to step in and be the Yankee closer. He was a
stud last season, making the All-Star team and posting 100 strikeouts on the
year and he hasn’t allowed a run yet in 2012.

SP Drew Smyly, Detroit Tigers

This kid has a very bright future in the big leagues and has
enjoyed a great start to his season. In four starts Smyly has allowed a total
of just three runs, while strikeout out 22 batters in 22 innings. He’s faced
the toughest lineups in the American League (Yankees, Rangers, Rays) already as
well. With that great offense behind him he’s worth a pickup and chances are he’s
available in your league.

OF Gerardo Parra, Arizona Diamondbacks

Parra has been quite the surprise this year and is taking
full advantage of being an everyday player. He’s been a run and stolen base
machine so far, crossing the plate 15 times and swiping eight bases. He doesn’t
have a ton of power, but has been a top 15 fantasy outfielder to this point and
is only owned in a little over 50% of leagues.

SP Jeff Samardzija, Chicago Cubs

Samardzija had a few rough starts, but has been stellar in
his last two games. He held St. Louis scoreless for 6.2 innings with nine
strikeouts then allowed just one run in 7.2 innings with seven strikeouts
against the Reds. The former Notre Dame Football standout is a little wild at
times, but he throws hard and goes deep into games. He’s only owned in just
over 20% of leagues so get him if you need strikeouts.

3B Pedro Alvarez, Pittsburgh Pirates

A few injuries this season have hurt fantasy
owners at the third base position making it very scarce. Lucky for you Pedro
Alvarez is to the rescue. He has already smashed seven home runs, driven in 14
runs and scored 13 times. He doesn’t steal bases and his batting average isn’t impressive,
but .250 certainly doesn’t hurt you too much if he keeps putting up these kinds
of power numbers.

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