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.
Not much attention is being paid to the Phillies' bullpen at the moment, and fair enough, but it's probably time to put Hector Neris on your fantasy radar. The 26-year-old right-hander picked up the first save of his career Sunday against the Indians with Jeanmar Gomez getting the day off and he now boasts a 1.17 ERA, 0.72 WHIP, and 24/4 K/BB ratio over 15 1/3 innings this season. Gomez has done well this year as the Phillies' closer, going 8-for-8 in save opportunities, but he entered 2016 with a career 4.16 ERA and 1.41 WHIP. The wheels are probably going to fall off for him eventually, and Neris will be there with his superior swing-and-miss stuff to pick up the ball and run with it.