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.
Ivan Nova has looked like a new pitcher since a move from the American League to the National League and from Yankee Stadium to PNC Park. The 29-year-old boasts a 3.20 ERA and 18/1 K/BB ratio over 25 1/3 innings in his four starts for the Pirates, which includes his first complete game since 2013 in his last trip to the mound. Nova is certainly no safe bet given how awful he was for the Yankees this season (4.90 ERA), but pitching coach Ray Searage has worked miracles with many hurlers over the years. The righty has a juicy matchup against the Brewers this weekend.