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.
After posting a 4.78 ERA through the first three months of the season, Wade Miley has quietly had a fantastic month of July, holding a 1.25 ERA and 22/4 K/BB ratio over 21 2/3 innings. The left-hander is getting more strikeouts than ever (8.4 K/9 ratio) this season while also maintaining his good control (2.7 BB/9 ratio). His overall numbers likely will scare many off, but Miley has produced mixed league value in the past and is red-hot right now.