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Lineup advice for Braves-Mets Showdown on Opening Day

We break down ideal picks for Friday’s Braves-Mets matchup.

Jacob deGrom #48 of the New York Mets in action during an intra squad game at Citi Field on July 14, 2020 in New York City. Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

The Atlanta Braves and New York Mets will play Friday at 4 p.m. ET on ESPN. Both teams will be taking the field for the first time this year, and DraftKings will have Showdown DFS contests available for the matchup. We break down the ideal lineup strategy below, and you can play here.

Captain’s Picks

Jacob deGrom, SP, New York Mets: $17,100

Most people will probably make this play, but that doesn’t mean you should stray from the chalk. deGrom is an elite pitcher who ranked fourth in MLB in strikeouts last season with 255. His sky high 31.7 percent strikeout rate from 2019 bodes well for his production. Last year’s Cy Young winner is a safer bet than the up and coming Mike Soraka.

Pete Alonso, 1B, New York Mets: $14,700

The Mets have one of the better batting orders in MLB, but all eyes will be on Alonso after last season’s National League Rookie of the Year campaign. Soraka was the only other NL rookie to get a first place Rookie of the Year vote last year, but Alonso crushed right-handed pitchers all last season. Alonso tallied 119 hits, 85 RBIs, and 39 homers against righties as a rookie and is likely to impress this year at the plate.

Utility Picks

Brandon Nimmo, OF, New York Mets: $7,000

Nimmo had a down year in 2019, as he only appeared in 69 games because of a neck injury. He thrived in 2018 though and tallied 114 hits and 17 home runs. If healthy, he could provide New York with some major pop.

Ozzie Albies, 2B, Atlanta Braves: $9,400

Albies led Atlanta in hits last year and will likely bat second, behind Ronald Acuna Jr. While the Mets have a strong pitching staff, Albies is an extra-base hits specialist capable of racking up RBIs. He led the Braves in doubles and triples in 2018.