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.
There are only a couple teams in baseball playing must-win games at the moment, and the Astros are one of them. Which makes Jed Lowrie a sneaky pickup for the final weekend. He's slashing just .225/.310/.405 in 67 games this season, but that has come with nine home runs and 30 RBI -- decent power production from a guy who carries eligibility at shortstop.