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Pickup of the Day

PUD 5/21: Ronald Belisario

by Ryan Boyer
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:09 pm ET

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.

 

White Sox manager Robin Ventura wouldn’t name a closer prior to Tuesday’s game after the club placed Matt Lindstrom (ankle) on the disabled list. However, he tipped his hand a bit when he suggested that he had options among guys who were pitching well. Considering that Ronald Belisario entered the game with a 0.00 ERA over his last 17 1/3 innings, there’s no doubt the veteran reliever was on the skipper’s mind. And, sure enough, it was Belisario that received the first save chance Tuesday in Lindstrom’s absence, giving up a run but surviving to nail down a win versus the Royals. Belisario is no safe bet, but saves are saves and he’s the best bet for them with the Pale Hose right now.

Ryan Boyer
Ryan Boyer is a baseball writer for Rotoworld. He can also be found on Twitter.