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Lineup advice for Brewers-Cubs Showdown

We break down ideal picks for Thursday’s Brewers-Cubs matchup.

 Starting pitcher Yu Darvish #11 of the Chicago Cubs throws in the first inning against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on August 05, 2020 in Kansas City, Missouri. Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images

The Milwaukee Brewers and Chicago Cubs will play Thursday at 8:40 p.m. ET. Lefty Brett Anderson and righty Corbin Burnes will face righty Yu Darvish at Wrigley Field. 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

Yu Darvish, P, Cubs: $16,800

Darvish got off to a slow start, but has pitched better in his last two attempts. On the season, the Brewers are striking out at a 27.8 percent clip and 28.9 percent against lefties. Darvish’s control has been good but he has yet to have a big strikeout game. There’s a good chance he can up his K numbers in this outing though.

Corbin Burnes, Brewers, Team: $12,000

Burnes has been pitching in tandem with Brett Anderson and has pitched well. Through 12.5 innings, he’s struck out 19, hitting 13.9, 11.3 and 23 DK points in his three appearances. The Cubs are striking out 25.4 percent of the time against righties and Burnes struck out six in 3.1 innings the last time they met.

Utility Picks

Jason Kipnis, 2B, Cubs: $5,200

Kipnis has been hitting well in his limited work this season. Through 19 at bats he has seven hits, including two doubles, a triple and two home runs. He’s going to see more work against righties than lefties. so it will be interesting to see if he gets the start, as the Brewers will throw a lefty and righty at the Cubs. The good news is that he has two walks and a double in six plate appearances against lefties, so his approach has been excellent.

Ian Happ, OF, Cubs: $7,000

Happ has been excellent this season at Wrigley and against lefties. Overall he has a .438 OBP, .422 wOBA, and .279 ISO. At just $7,000, he’s one of the safer plays tonight.