The Asterisk* WS Showdown Edition
It’s game 6 time fellas. Although we’ve had our ups and downs with the MLB Showdown format, this might be the last game of the season, and thus our last chance at MLB DFS glory. Tonight Tony Gonsolin (LAD) and Blake Snell (TB) take the bump for their respective teams. Can you smell the money?
First, Gonsolin has struggled this postseason, and I am keeping it classy by not saying he has flat out sucked. How bad has playoff Tony been? I’m so glad you asked: try 3.52 HR/9 and a 9.39 ERA bad.
Admittedly, this has been over a small sample size (7.2 IP). However, these brutal stats are buoyed by .176 BABIP which shows that he’s actually been lucky to get the outs he’s gotten. In other words, those stats should be even WORSE than they are.
For the Rays, Blake Snell takes the hill as TB tries to stave off elimination. Overall, he has been serviceable in this year’s playoffs, but he shined bright like a diamond (shout out Rhinna) in his lone appearance versus these Dodgers, going 4.2 innings while giving up two hits, two earned runs and striking out nine. Snell will have the pressure firmly on his shoulders, and I think he comes through big.
Let’s start with TB. Given (a) Gonsolin’s current form, (b) that his stats favor LHH and (c) that he is likely to go 2-3 innings max, I’m staying with LHH at the top of the lineup.
My first choice would be Choi in the leadoff spot. After that, I like Lowe hitting fourth, and Meadows is super cheap in the three hole. Arozarena is hitting second and has been such a stud I’d play him if Greg Maddux and Nolan Ryan had a kid that was pitching. Wendle and Kiermaier are ok, as is the boom or bust Mike Zunino.
As for the Dodgers, I’m not clamoring to play them in light of Snell’s recent dominance of them, but don’t get it twisted: that’s not to say there are no Dodgers to consider (especially since we have to play at least one, duh). In fact, I foresee some lefty on lefty violence tonight. Specifically, Corey Seager has been crazy good, and any LAD list should start with him.
As far as righties, I’d look to Pollock (KILLER ISO vs LHP, and has been trash this postseason but the numbers don’t lie), Mookie leads off and is, well, Mookie, Turner has been hot, and Barnes is in play if you need the savings.
CAPTAIN CHOICES: Choi, Snell, Lowe, Seager, Arozarena, Pollock, Turner