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 Chad Qualls suffered an ugly blown save Saturday, the Astros went with Tony Sipp and then Josh Fields to record the save on Sunday. With Qualls unavailable Tuesday due to a strained glute, it was again Fields who nailed down the save to preserve a one-run win. It’s possible Qualls will be available as soon as Wednesday, but there’s also a chance he’ll need a few more days to recover. If you’re looking to scrape together some saves during the stretch run, consider Fields.