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.
Wade Miley opened the month of September by throwing the first complete game of his career and he continued his recent run of success on Saturday afternoon with a strong 6 2/3 inning performance against the Blue Jays, who boast the most dangerous offense in the major leagues. Miley has a 2.78 ERA and 20 strikeouts in 22 2/3 frames this month and he gets a favorable matchup next week in the Rays. Look for the 28-year-old left-hander to finish out 2015 with a few more positive notes. This is how it was supposed to look for the Red Sox all year.