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Lineup advice for Diamondbacks-Rockies Showdown

We break down ideal picks for Tuesday’s Diamonbacks-Rockies matchup.

Charlie Blackmon #19 of the Colorado Rockies hits a three-run double off of relief pitcher Joey Gerber #59 of the Seattle Mariners that scored Garrett Hampson #1 of the Colorado Rockies, Trevor Story #27 and Ryan McMahon #24 during the fifth inning of a game at T-Mobile Park on August, 8, 2020 in Seattle, Washington. Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images

The Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies will play Tuesday at 8:40 p.m. ET. Righty Zac Gallen will face lefty Kyle Freeland in Denver. 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

Charlie Blackmon, OF, Rockies: $15,300

Zac Gallen has been getting plenty of strikeouts, with 21 through 16 innings pitched, but he’s also given up three homers. Testing him in Colorado isn’t something I want to do in cash games, instead, I’ll likely target him and hope for some thin-air aided shots. The Rockies have some good left-handers, but have faced lefties in five straight. Their lefties will be champing at the bit to face a right-hander and that includes Blackmon, who has been on absolute fire. After going 0-for-8 to start the season, Blackmon has hit in 13 straight games with 10 multi-hit games.

Starling Marte, POS, Team: $12,600

Kyle Freeland fares worse against righties in his career, giving up 1.22 HR/9 and a .337 wOBA. Mate has had a little more power against lefties in his career and is hitting them well so far this season, but on just a handful of at bats. In nine at bats against lefties he has five hits including two doubles. And over his last five games, he has eight hits in 17 at bats, including a home run and three doubles.

Utility Picks

Daniel Murphy, 1B, Rockies: $8,600

The lefty Murphy is a little cheaper and not as safe as Blackmon in the Captain’s spot, but he’s been killing lefties this season. I could see going with him as a cheaper option in GPPs. In 34 plate appearances against southpaws, he’s hitting a .512 wOBA, .455 OBP, .367 ISO and .767 SLG.

Carson Kelly, C, Diamondbacks: $5,400

Kelly hasn’t done much of note this season, but has also had very few chances to hit lefties, which was his bread and butter so far in his career. In 80 games against lefties, he’s hit a .404 OBP, .231 ISO and .386 wOBA. If he can get the start in Colorado against a lefty, I’ll play him.