DFS MLB Optimal Lineups: May 26
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Braves have claimed LHP Dario Alvarez off of waivers from the Mets. Alvarez has been optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett.

Atlanta must be hard up for relief help if they are willing to claim a guy off waivers who has a 9.98 ERA in 17 innings this season. The lefty will have to work on a lot of things while down in the minors but assuming he can figure it out, he should have a shot considering he's a lefty in the pen. Alvarez was DFA'd earlier in the week to make room on the Mets roster for the call-up of Ty Kelly.
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Anthony DeSclafani made a rehab start for Triple-A Louisville on Wednesday, pitching three innings allowing three earned runs on three hits with two strikeouts.

DeSclafani has been working his way back to the Reds rotation after suffering an oblique injury in spring training and is trying to come back in the next couple of weeks. Cincinnati is in the middle of a rebuild but they still need to see more from the pitcher after just one full season in the majors a season ago. It continues to be a very young rotation for the Reds and that won't change when DeSclafani gets added back in either.
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Gordon Beckham went 2-for-3 with a home run (1) and two RBI on Wednesday night against the Brewers.

He pinch-hit for Reid Brignac in the sixth and recorded the first PH home run of his career. Unfortunately that and his following base hit weren’t enough to get the job done for the Braves in the 13th so it was all for naught. Although outside of Wednesday night Beckham isn’t producing in the power department much at all, he is batting a rock solid .310 with an even more impressive .402 OBP. That is something worth taking a look at in most formats.
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Khris Davis went 1-for-3 with a solo home run against the Mariners on Wednesday.

Davis may not hit for average, but when he does get a hit, there’s a good chance it leaves the yard. He hit his 13th home run of the season tonight, driving in his 31st run of the season in the process. If you own Davis, it’s for his power, and not really for anything else. His batting average isn’t going to be very high and he isn’t going to steal bases, but the guy can definitely hit for power.
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Nelson Cruz went 3-for-4 with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored on Wednesday against the Athletics.

If you played Cruz yesterday in DFS, you were burned. If you played him today, you’re jumping for joy. Cruz had six hits in this three-game series with the Athletics, helping raise that batting average to .293 on the season. He now has 10 home runs on the season and he is showing no signs of slowing down in the middle of the Seattle lineup. Start him every single day.
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Zach Neal allowed seven earned runs on eight hits while striking out one in four innings on Wednesday against the Mariners.

Neal struggled tonight, despite having a good string of starts in the minors. He allowed seven earned runs on eight hits in this one, so if you’re looking for a silver lining, you can find one in the fact that he didn’t walk anyone. However, he struck out just one guy, which isn’t surprising seeing as he has a 4.5 K/9 in the minors. He should not be used in any seasonal league at this moment.
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Adam Lind went 4-for-4 with two home runs, a double, six RBI and three runs scored against the Athletics on Wednesday.

After going 2-for-16 in his previous five games, Lind erupted in a monstrous way. He homered twice, doubled once, drove in six runs and scored thrice. He’s a pure matchup play in DFS, so hopefully you had him in there today. He has a day off before trying to replicate these numbers, which he probably won’t do.
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Junior Guerra went five innings, allowed zero runs on four hits and four walks, while he struck out six on Wednesday night against the Braves.

It was a solid night for Junior, as he managed to buckle down enough to shutout the Braves through five innings, despite allowing four walks. Fantasy owners will be pleased with his six strikeouts, while the solid night lowered his season ERA to 3.30. Consider him someone to pick up on the wire if you need some starting pitching help.
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Hisashi Iwakuma allowed three earned runs on eight hits while striking out four in seven innings on Wednesday against the Athletics.

Iwakuma was graced with plenty of run support in this one, thanks mostly to Adam Lind and Nelson Cruz. His ERA currently sits at 4.33 on the season, which isn’t exactly what owners were hoping for this season. He’s allowed at least three earned runs in five of his last six stars. Tonight was actually the first time all season he didn’t walk a batter in a start either. He’s a mid-to-backend fantasy starter in 2016. His next start will come on Tuesday against the anemic San Diego Padres.
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Robinson Cano went 2-for-5 with a home run, two runs scored and one RBI on Wednesday against the Athletics.

Cano has four hits in his last two games, including two home runs. Cano is a premiere fantasy option at his position, seeing as he hits for average, power and in the middle of the Seattle lineup. Continue to start Cano in every single format and don’t think twice about doing so.
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