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Lineup advice for Nationals vs. Yankees Showdown

We break down ideal picks for Saturday’s Nationals-Yankees matchup.

James Paxton #65 of the New York Yankees in action against the Houston Astros in game five of the American League Championship Series at Yankee Stadium on October 18, 2019 in New York City. The Yankees defeated the Astros 4-1. Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

The Washington Nationals and New York Yankees will play Saturday at 7:15 p.m. ET on FOX. The teams will face off for the second 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

James Paxton, SP, Yankees: $15,900

Stephen Strasburg is of course a strong play as Captain no matter the situation (Strasburg has been scratched from the start), but Paxton is cheaper and also a strong pitcher. He has a higher K/9 rate than Strasburg over the last two seasons and an almost identical SIERA in similar innings pitched. Paxton will also face a much easier lineup tonight with Juan Soto out with a positive Covid-19 test.

Utility Picks

Giancarlo Stanton, OF, Yankees: $9,000

Stanton hit a monster two-run home run of Max Scherzer on Opening Day and drove in another run with a single in the fifth. He’s swinging the bat well and has .667 SLG through 48 at bats against Strasburg. I don’t follow batter vs. pitcher stats much, but I do like to see that a hitter isn’t completely baffled by a strong pitcher like Strasburg. I’d rather pay up for him against a lefty, but there aren’t any easy plays when two strong pitchers face off.

Howie Kendrick, 1B/2B, Nationals: $7,600

Kendrick batted cleanup as the DH in the season opener but only saw two at bats against Gerrit Cole. Tonight, he’ll take on a lefty in Paxton, which is his preferred handedness to face. Last season he was strong against both lefties and righties, but had a .430 wOBA and .421 OBP against lefties, which led the team.

Starlin Castro, 2B/3B, Nationals: $5,800

Castro is much better against left-handed pitchers, hitting a .364 wOBA against them with the Marlins last season versus a .287 wOBA against righties. Castro also appears to have the No. 3 spot in the lineup for the time being. When you factor in his price, lineup position and success against lefties, I like his chances.