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Fantasy Baseball: SP Streaming Power Rankings Friday, April 25

RotoExperts Staff April 24, 2014 12:33PM EDT
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Garion’s Friday Stream Power Rankings

  1. Henderson Alvarez (4%) @NYM
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  3. Rick Porcello (38%) @MIN
  4. Colby Lewis (3%) @SEA
  5. Roenis Elias (4%) vs. TEX
  6. Ubaldo Jimenez (45%) vs. KC
  7. Jordan Lyles (4%) @LAD
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  9. Robbie Erlin (9%) @WSH
  10. Josh Collmenter (2%) vs. PHI

Erik Johnson (2%) vs. TB – There’s a lot to like about Erik Johnson – control is not one of those things. Johnson has amassed 11 walks in 22 innings this season, five coming in his last start against the Rangers. However, Johnson hasn’t exactly had much go his way through four outings either. A 63.6% strand rate and .333 opponent’s BABIP are to blame for an inflated 5.32 ERA, far less telling than his 3.90 FIP. There’s strikeout upside to be had as well. Johnson sits at a respectable 6.95 K/9 so far in 2014, but generally was around a batter per inning throughout his stops in the minors. Still, control will be the deciding factor against a Rays team that may rank 21st in runs, but are a Top 5 team with 72 walks. If Johnson can find the strike zone, and any luck at all, you’ll want him in your lineup on Friday.

Ubaldo Jimenez (45%) vs. KC – Let’s bring this full circle. Unlike Buehrle, Hudson, and Harang, Jimenez has seen his ownership percentage plummet since the beginning of the year, generating more hatred than even the Scottish would know what to do with. He’s been bad – no question, but there’s too much talent to just ignore. He’s now an elite source of strikeouts if nothing else. Even with his velocity loss the past few seasons, Jimenez has managed to hover around his career mark of 8.26 whiffs per nine. Really, it’s all about keeping the ball in the yard. Giving up the long ball has been the veteran’s main source of problems in 2014, surrendering five in just over 20 innings, but to say the Royals lack in the power department would be an understatement. Kansas City is last in the majors with six home runs, four back of the surprisingly deficient Baltimore Orioles. There’s always the risk that Jimenez’s control issues will anchor your WHIP, but I think this match-up sets up well. If you’re looking for counting stat relief, Jimenez is your guy.

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