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.
After Rockies manager Walt Weiss pulled LaTroy Hawkins from the closer role earlier in the day, fellow veteran reliever Rafael Betancourt shut down the Giants on Monday for his first save since August 22, 2013. Weiss doesn't plan to go with a set closer right now, so Betancourt should have more opportunities in the coming days, but Ottavino remains the closer of the future here and likely would have gotten the call Monday if he hadn't pitched 2 1/3 innings between Saturday and Sunday. The 29-year-old right-hander posted a 3.08 ERA with 9.3 K/9 and 3.0 BB/9 between 2013-2014 and has fanned seven batters across his first 4 1/3 innings of work this season. John Axford (currently on the family medical emergency list) and Boone Logan might also be in the mix, but Ottavino is most likely candidate to emerge from this group with the full-time gig.