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.
Carlos Carrasco made another promising start this weekend, striking out five batters and yielding only three hits over seven scoreless innings Saturday against the Orioles, and looks to be back in the Indians' starting rotation for good. The 27-year-old has long been considered a promising talent and may finally be ready to put it all together. He owns a 1.80 ERA and 48/9 K/BB ratio in 55 innings (two starts and 26 relief appearances) since April 30 and boasts a .198/.236/.269 opponents' batting line during that span. Carrasco is worth a look in all mixed fantasy leagues for the stretch run.