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.
Looking for a starter to stream for the final day of the first half? How about Jerad Eickhoff? Eickhoff was excellent in his first full season with the Phillies last year, posting a 3.65 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 167/42 K/BB ratio over 197 1/3 innings. Unfortunately, things haven't gone as smoothly this year, as he holds a 4.93 ERA, 1.53 WHIP and 65/30 K/BB ratio across 76 2/3 frames. However, if any team can get Eickhoff back on track it's the Padres, who the righty will face Sunday in his return from the DL. It's obviously a bit of a gamble given Eickhoff's inconsistency this season, but he has a shot to put up some zeroes Sunday.