Time to get on the Tampa Bay Rays bandwagon - even if Andy Sonnanstine got lit up today. I've seen a lot of people add Sonnanstine even though he has an ERA over 5.00. If I had the choice, I'd probably go for the next guy on the list even though Sonnanstine's six wins are sexy. He's inconsistent, but when he's on, he's definitely worth owning. Don't reach for wins if the guy is trashing your other categories - Sonnanstine is on the borderline, but a little too inconsistent to keep around.
Matt Garza, SP (TB):
Matt Garza is another Rays pitcher who was knocked up in his last start, but he's still worth picking up in deep leagues. Even after allowing six earned runs in 4.1 innings pitched in his last outing, Garza still has an ERA of 3.38 and a WHIP of 1.33 in May. He also has two wins. If the Rays keep winning, their pitchers are going to have more value than the general public perceives and Garza could be a good source for wins.
Tood Wellemeyer has come out of nowhere to be a stellar fantasy starter - one that nearly 20% of fantasy owners haven't noticed yet. He's 5-1 on the season with an ERA of 3.25 ERA and a 49:22 K:BB ratio. His numbers are even better in May - he's allowed only five earned runs in 24 innings pitched this month. St. Louis Cardinals pitching coach Dave Duncan is known as a magician - not like Michael Cuddyer - and he's helped several supposed scrubs overachieve in the past. Wellemeyer looks to be the next on that list.
John Lannan, SP (WAS):
John Lannan is a borderline waiver-wire guy that has some hidden value. Take a look:
Home: 14 IP (3 starts), 11 ER, 2 HR, 10 BB, 5 K, 7.07 ERA, 2.07 WHIP, ,322 BAA
Away: 39 IP (6 starts), 9 ER, 2 HR, 9 BB, 29 K, 2.08 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, .252 BAA
If you are only counting his road starts, Lannan is probably - roughly speaking - a top 50 pitcher. Add him and start him on the road - clearly, he doesn't like his team's new stadium.
Tim Redding, SP (WAS):
Here's another Nationals pitcher that is growing on me. Tim Redding has allowed more than three runs in only two of his 10 starts. Better yet, he's only allowed one earned run in his last 12.1 innings pitched. His strikeout-to-walk ratio (36:22) is respectable and his WHIP (1.16) is excellent. Redding has six wins for a team that has only won 20 games - that speaks volumes to me. One caveat is that all but two of his starts have come at home, though he has been decent in those starts.
Vicente Padilla, SP (TEX):
Over the last month, Vicente Padilla has an ERA of 3.19 over 36.2 innings pitched. He has four wins over that span with a tidy WHIP of 1.28. Yeah, I know what you're thinking. He's Vicente Padilla, he's never pitched this well for a season and he pitches in a park that very few pitchers have success. The Rangers are shopping him right now so this might not last, but ride it out while it does.