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Lineup advice for Cardinals vs. Twins Showdown

We break down ideal picks for Tuesday’s Cardinals-Twins matchup.

Paul DeJong #11 of the St. Louis Cardinals bats during the spring training game against the Miami Marlins at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium on March 12, 2020 in Jupiter, Florida. Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images

The Minnesota Twins and St. Louis Cardinals will play Tuesday at 8:10 p.m. ET in the Twins’ home opener. 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

Paul DeJong, SS, Cardinals: $11,100

Homer Bailey gave up three home runs in three innings in his last “spring” training start and DeJong has a .338 wOBA and .224 ISO for his career against righties. He also has foour hits in 12 at bats this season, which include a double, home run, three runs scored and four RBIs. I’m looking for a little savings here by not paying up for Nelson Cruz, Paul Goldschmidt, Eddie Rosario or Max Kepler here, but I expect this game to hit the 10.5 total and I want to fit as many good bats as I can into my lineup.

Utility Picks

Max Kepler, OF, Twins: $8,400

The Twins have a .461 wOBA against right handed pitchers through 63 plate appearances so far this season. Kepler already has two home runs against righties this season on just six at bats.

Kolten Wong, 1B/2B, Cardinals: $7,000

Wong isn’t going to put much charge in the ball, but he’s hitting leadoff and gets a good matchup against Bailey. He had a strong bounce back season last year and is putting together good at bats so far in 2020. He’s a career .321 wOBA hitter against righties and bumped that up to .339 last season.

Jake Cave, 2B/3B, Twins: $4,400

If Cave gets the start for Byron Buxton again, he makes for a good value play against the righty Martinez. He has a .354 wOBA against righties so far in his career and has six RBIs on three hits in 10 plate appearances.