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.
Josh Tomlin took a much-needed break from the Indians' rotation following a disastrous August, but he’s been much better since re-entering it a few weeks ago. The veteran right-hander has allowed just one earned run in each of his last three outings, and he hasn’t issued a single walk over his 18 1/3 innings during that stretch. One of those starts came against the Royals on September 20, when he tossed 6 2/3 frames of one-run ball. He’ll face those same Royals on Sunday and makes for a solid streaming option in what will be his final tune-up before the ALDS.