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.
Luke Gregerson blew his fifth save since May 11 on Saturday against the A's while watching his season ERA balloon to 4.56. Astros manager A.J. Hinch announced the next day (Sunday) that he would be moving to a committee approach for the club's ninth-inning role, with Gregerson and Ken Giles and Will Harris all working into the mix. Harris got the first turn Sunday afternoon versus Oakland and closed out a 5-2 victory for the Astros with a 1-2-3 inning. He now boasts a 0.34 ERA in 26 2/3 innings this season, along with a 0.71 WHIP and 29/4 K/BB ratio. It was the first save of the season for Harris, but he's quickly emerging as Houston's most reliable option for high-leverage situations. Giles has pitched much better lately, but his 5.55 ERA and 1.56 WHIP can't really compare. Harris looks like the guy to own.