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Pickup of the Day

PUD 6/7: Joe Kelly

by Drew Silva
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 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.


If you've tried streaming Boston's Joe Kelly at some point this season, you were probably left disappointed. For the year, he has a rough 5.40 ERA and 1.42 WHIP in 60 innings. But if you look close enough, you can see signs of a turnaround. Kelly tossed six innings of one-run ball Saturday against the A's, striking out six and showing improved control with only two walks issued. The start before that, he allowed two runs -- one earned -- over five innings in the hitter-friendly environment of Arlington, Texas. Throw out his May 25 debacle at Minnesota's Target Field and the 26-year-old right-hander has put together a month-full of good starts. Maybe it's time to give him a shot again in pitching-starved leagues.

Drew Silva

Drew Silva is a longtime baseball writer and editor for NBC Sports Edge. He can be found on Twitter.