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Pickup of the Day

PUD 8/19: Pat Neshek

by D.J. Short
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.

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny gave Trevor Rosenthal a vote of confidence after pulling him from a save opportunity on Sunday, but one wonders if patience is running thin after the young fireballer blew his fifth save of the season on Monday. The 24-year-old has faced 16 batters over his last three appearances and 10 of them have gotten on base. That's not good. It's a small sample and perhaps there's a mechanical explanation behind it, but even a temporary break from the role wouldn't be a surprise. With that in mind, Neshek is the guy to grab if you want to speculate in fantasy leagues. One of the best stories in the game this season, the 33-year-old sidearmer owns a 0.86 ERA, 0.57 WHIP, and 57/6 K/BB ratio over 52 1/3 innings. He's still available in nearly 75 percent of Yahoo leagues, but likely not for much longer.