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Pickup of the Day

Pickup of the Day: 8/9

by Drew Silva
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

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.

Kyle Barraclough officially lost his closer job on Tuesday and his struggles continued in a lower-leverage spot on Wednesday, as he surrendered two runs on a walk and two hits in the eighth inning of the Marlins’ blowout loss to the Cardinals. Barraclough has now allowed 14 earned runs over his last seven appearances covering just 5 2/3 innings. It’s clear that he has completely run out of gas here in August. Marlins manager Don Mattingly said he will mix and match now at closer. The best bet to run away with the job is Drew Steckenrider, who has registered a 2.98 ERA and 110 strikeouts in 84 2/3 innings since breaking into the majors in May 2017. He's been called the closer of the future in Miami, and it looks like the future is now.

Drew Silva

Drew Silva is a longtime baseball writer and editor for NBC Sports Edge. He can be found on Twitter.