The Dodgers and Rays get the 2020 World Series underway Tuesday night after seven-game battles in their respective Championship Series. Monday’s day of rest was likely much appreciated, especially for L.A.’s relatively consistent lineup. Our DraftKings Showdown lineup attempts to take advantage of Tampa Bay’s tendency to platoon while relying on some everyday Dodgers studs.
The toughest call in DK Showdown lineups for baseball is always whether or not to use the starting pitchers. Because of the magnitude of World Series games, it wouldn’t be shocking to see a number of relievers pitch every night. That’s why, for Game 1, we’ve faded both starters and gone with a number of the best hitting options instead.
Captain (1.5x price, 1.5x points): 1B/3B/DH Yandy Diaz, Rays ($7,800)
With the Dodgers expected to start Clayton Kershaw, we’re going with a lefty-killer in our captain spot. While Diaz actually had reverse splits in a tiny sample size this year, he hit .311 against lefthanders in 2019 in a much larger sample. That .311 came with half of Diaz’s homers coming off lefties in only a third of his total at-bats. If the remarkably jacked Diaz is going to hit a homer in the World Series, it will likely come against a southpaw.
FLEX: SS Corey Seager, Dodgers ($10,000)
Seager hit seven extra-base hits during the NLCS, and it’s extra-base hits that will allow a bat like Seager to return value for his price. Tyler Glasnow’s nasty stuff is less likely to impact Seager than most thanks to Seager’s all-fields approach that allows him to do damage on both fastballs and breaking stuff.
FLEX: OF Randy Arozarena, Rays ($9,600)
Oh, to be Arozarena right now. No one can seem to find a way to get him out. He’s a better hitter against lefties in his limited major league sample, too, so that only makes playing him more automatic. He’ll likely be them most heavily owned Tampa Bay player, but you shouldn’t fade him during this streak against this pitcher.
FLEX: OF Cody Bellinger, Dodgers ($9,200)
Bellinger has a fun small-sample size statline in his career against Glasnow: Two at-bats, two home runs. A 2-for-2 with two singles might mean nothing, but those two HRs mean enough to count on this NLCS Game 7 hero in our lineup.
FLEX: C Will Smith, Dodgers ($7,800)
Smith is the only player we’ve picked that doesn’t have the platoon-advantage in Game 1, but because of how important he is to the Dodgers behind the dish, he won’t be substituted out like some other players at this price might be against a tough reliever. Smith is a bit cold during the postseason, lowering his price, but his .980 OPS in the regular season suggests some positive regression is coming.
FLEX: OF Manuel Margot, Rays ($5,400)
Against a lefty, Margot should hit high in the Tampa Bay order, and we’ll be hoping his ALCS power surge continues into the World Series. Margot also provides one of the sneakier sources of quick DK points with his speed. Steals are worth five points, so a quick single and steal can be quite valuable (and if he gets the first steal of the World Series, it ll also win everyone free tacos!).
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