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Pickup of the Day

PUD 9/4: Joe Kelly

by Ryan Boyer
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 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.


Joe Kelly has mostly been a disaster for the Red Sox, but he appears to have figured something out of late. The hard-throwing right-hander has been mixing up his pitch selection and it’s resulted in a 1.69 ERA across his last five starts. His long-term outlook is still murky, but Kelly gets the Phillies on Friday and he’s worth using now while in the midst of a hot streak.

Ryan Boyer

Ryan Boyer is a baseball writer for NBC Sports Edge. He can also be found on Twitter.