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Lineup advice for Cardinals vs. Brewers Showdown [POSTPONED]

We break down ideal picks for Friday’s Cardinals-Brewers matchup.

Jack Flaherty #22 of the St. Louis Cardinals throws a live batting practice session during the first day of summer workouts at Busch Stadium on July 3, 2020 in St. Louis, Missouri. Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images

UPDATE: The Brewers-Cardinals Friday series opener has been postponed after at least two Cardinals players tested positive for Covid-19.

The St. Louis Cardinals and Milwaukee Brewers will play Friday at 2:10 p.m. ET. Righty Jack Flaherty will take the mound for St. Louis while lefty Brett Anderson starts for the Brewers in their 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

Jack Flaherty, P, Cardinals: $15,900

Flaherty had a strong Opening Day start, but was a bit unlucky in the seventh when he gave up four singles, two of the infield variety, which ended up scoring two. Last season he sported a 2.57 ERA and 0.86 WHIP to go with a 10.6 K/9 rate. The Brewers and stud Christian Yelich haven’t been hitting well so far and have struck out 27.8 percent of the time when facing righties so far this season.

Paul Goldschmidt, 1B, Cardinals: $13,500

Goldy has a .401 wOBA and .280 ISO against lefties over the last two seasons and has started off with a .316 AVG through five games. The power numbers aren’t there yet, but Anderson gave up 1.20 HR/9 last season to righties.

Utility Picks

Ben Gamel, OF, Brewers: $4,000

Gamel is cheap for a reason, but the lefty does have a home run and a triple so far this season. I’m happy to stack the Cardinals against Anderson with Flaherty pitching, so to get your non-Cardinal in your lineup, Gamel is a punt worth considering.

Harrison Bader, OF, Cardinals: $4,600

Bader has a career .216 ISO and .327 wOBA against lefties, so he should get the start against Anderson. He also has some stolen base upside, with one already this season. As long as he’s in the lineup, I like his chances to help at his value price.