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.
There have been some ups and downs in his rookie season, but Sean Manaea is finishing things off with a bang. In his last five starts, the big left-hander holds a microscopic 0.64 ERA, 0.78 WHIP and 27/8 K/BB ratio over 28 1/3 innings. Manaea will get one final turn on Sunday against the Mariners, who, in all likelihood, will probably be eliminated from postseason play at that point. The southpaw is a great streaming option this weekend.