Welcome to Pickup of the Day, where every weekday we'll pick an under-the-radar player whose immediate value is on the rise. The idea here is to identify a starter who can give you some solid innings off the scrap heap, a talented backup who's been given a chance because of a starter's injury, an unheralded regular with a favorable matchup, or a potential breakout player who's starting to put it together. Unlike regular waiver-wire advice, Pickup of the Day is geared more towards interim success, but hopefully we'll have the intuition to help you snag a waiver-wire gem a few times this season.
Baseball can be an unpredictable game, but sometimes things work out just the way you expected them to. Fernando Rodney struggling in the closer role for the Diamondbacks this April certainly falls into the predictable category. Rodney has blown back-to-back save chances while allowing eight runs and eight hits and recording just five outs over that stretch. The D’Backs don’t have great options to replace him, but JJ Hoover has some past closing experience (although it didn’t go well) and holds a 2.00 ERA and 12/4 K/BB ratio over nine innings this season. Manager Torey Lovullo isn’t ready to make a change in the ninth inning yet, but one more Rodney blow-up could do it and Hoover is probably next in line.