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.
Mets closer Jenrry Mejia was unavailable on Opening Day against the Nationals on Monday due to right elbow stiffness, so Buddy Carlyle was forced to step in for the first save of his career. Mejia is scheduled to travel to New York on Tuesday for an MRI, which isn't a promising sign for someone who previously had Tommy John surgery back in 2011. Mets manager Terry Collins said after Monday's game that Jeurys Familia will probably fill in at closer while Mejia is sidelined, so he's a must-pickup in all formats. The 25-year-old had a 2.21 ERA across 76 appearances last season to go along with 8.5 K/9, 3.7 BB/9, and a ground ball rate of 57.4 percent. He struggled a bit this spring, but looked like his normal self on Opening Day. Bobby Parnell lingers as a potential replacement down the line and the Mets could always sign someone like Rafael Soriano, but Familia needs to be owned right now.