DFS MLB OPTIMAL LINEUPS: MAY 3
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Freddy Galvis went 1-for-4 with two RBI in Monday’s blowout loss to the Cardinals.

Galvis came into the season as a supposed placeholder for the super prospect J.P. Crawford. He has shown why he is thought of that way with his .237 AVG on the year. He has however hit safely in three straight games and has tallied six RBI in that span as well including two RBI Monday with the Phillies only scoring three runs. He continues to be a hazard to your team’s batting average and general offensive numbers but he does face Michael Wacha on Tuesday whom he is 2-for-5 off of life time.
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Jeremy Hellickson pitched 5 1/3 innings allowing six runs (six earned) on seven hits and four walks with five strikeouts taking his second loss on the season in Monday’s blowout 10-3 loss to St. Louis.

Hellickson was not his sharpest on Monday as he got taken to task by a Cardinals lineup just waiting to explode. He nearly doubled his home runs allowed total as he served up three of the four long balls hit by St. Louis Monday. It was also the second time this year the righty has given up six runs in a start, though the first that all of them were earned. The average velocity of his pitches were akin to batting practice fastballs with the perceived velo actually two MPH slower than it was clocked at. While he was with Arizona in 2015 he pitched against Miami once, who he will face on Saturday, and he pitched well going seven strong allowing two runs on five hits though his stuff was arguably better than it is right now.
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Adam Wainwright pitched six innings giving up three runs (three earned) on five hits and a walk with four strikeouts, earning his second win of the season on Monday.

Wainwright has taken criticism for his uncharacteristic slow start and said that he was trying to make mechanical changes in between starts and while Monday’s start was better, it’s still a long way off from being the typical Wainwright. The one good thing about the start against Philadelphia was that his bat really helped his cause as he hit a homer and a double and drove in three. He has given up at least three runs a start in each of the six on the season as well as at least five hits. His ERA currently sits at 6.68 after Monday’s start and he has a WHIP of 1.57. Only 18 Ks in 33 2/3 innings is also not typical of the Cardinals ace as he struggles to figure out what exactly isn’t working. His next chance to figure it out will be on Saturday in a matchup with Pittsburgh who he faced on Opening Day and had a similar game to Monday’s against.
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Randal Grichuk went 2-for-2 with a home run, two runs scored, and an RBI in Monday’s 10-3 win over Philadelphia.

Grichuk busted onto the scene last season after his call-up to the big club but has so far been struggling in 2016. He was scheduled to have the night off on Monday but came in as a pinch hitter for Adam Wainwright and proceed to go off, like his teammates. His night was so good that he raised his average from .179 to an even .200 during the game. Over the last seven games however he is hitting a horrid .130/.125/.348. Aaron Nola is the opponent on the mound on Tuesday as Grichuk will look to build on his good half game on Monday.
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Kolten Wong went 1-for-4 with a home run, two RBI, and one run scored in Monday’s 10-3 win for St.Louis.

Monday’s game might just be the turning point the much-maligned second baseman needed to help his season start going in the other direction. It was his first homer of the season, though with the way Hellickson was serving them up, it may not count as anything other than batting practice. He also doubled his RBI total on the year. Wong has been splitting time with Jedd Gyorko at the keystone but the belief is that St. Louis is more invested in Wong then the offseason acquisition. In the last seven game he has started hitting better at a .333 clip with a homer, two RBI, and a run scored. If he gets the start, Aaron Nola could slow down his new momentum on Tuesday.
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Matt Adams went 2-for-4 with a home run, two runs scored and an RBI in Monday’s 10-3 win over Philadelphia.

Adams had his second best game of the season on Monday as the Cardinals exercised their frustrations on the Phillies following the sweep by Washington and launched his third homer of the year. Adams is currently in a timeshare with Brandon Moss and Matt Holiday at first base and has been the better average hitter but not for run production. In 16 more at bats than Adams, Moss has pretty much twice his homers, RBI, and runs though he is hitting 50 points worse. In the last several games, Adams bat has come alive hitting at a .353/.450/.706 clip with two homers, four RBI, and three runs scored in that span. As long as the timeshare continues, both he and Moss will be limited in their value. Adams will face off against Aaron Nola on Tuesday and though he’s never faced him, Nola is dealing at the moment and could make it hard for the first baseman.
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Aldemys Diaz went 1-for-3 with a home run, two runs scored, and an RBI in the 10-3 win over the Phillies on Monday.

The rookie shortstop continues to be a big surprise for the Cardinals as he blasted his fifth homer of the season off the batting practice fastballs that were Jeremy Hellickson’s pitches on Monday. It’s two games into May and he is still hitting at better than a .400 clip for the season, though in the last seven he has really started to cool off hitting just .217. The really impressive part about his game is the lack of strikeouts, with just five in his first 77 at bats of the year. He hasn’t faced Tuesday’s start for Philly, Aaron Nola, before but right now it doesn’t seem to matter who he faces, he is still raking.
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Eric Hosmer went 1-for-2 with two walks in the Royals 2-0 loss to Washington on Monday night.

It was a tough night for the Royals offense as Gio Gonzalez and the Nats bullpen was dealing. He managed to secure one of the five hits on the night for the defending World Champs. He has gotten off to a good start AVG-wise but the rest of his stats are a little lower than one would expect for this point in the season. He is on pace for 22-25 homers and between 65-70 runs scored at the moment but he has less than 10 RBI right now as well. He has heated up in the last seven contests hitting .400/.464/.680 with two homers, three RBI and three runs scored in the that time frame. On Tuesday he will face Tanner Roark whom he has never faced before but who is currently rolling having struck out 16 two starts ago.
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Edinson Volquez pitched 7 2/3 innings allowing two runs (two earned) on seven hits and one walk with seven strikeouts taking a second loss on the season against the Nationals Monday.

Volquez was dealing once more on Monday night in what turned out to be his longest outing of the year though he still took the loss. It was a nice bounce back start after getting pummeled against the Angels on Thursday. He will have this pattern going for much of the season where he pitches three or four great games and then has a blow up in one. If you can withstand the blowups he should be a perfectly fine fantasy asset with his 3.13 ERA and 1.29 WHIP and a nearly 3:1 K:BB rate. His next start will come Sunday against Cleveland who he faced four times last season without having good results.
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Jonathan Papelbon earned his ninth save of the season protecting the Nationals 2-0 win over Kansas City with a perfect ninth inning with one strikeout.

It was another perfect outing for Papelbon has he quickly got up to his ninth save of the season in just his 10th chance. Since his three hit, two run outing against Philly on the 17th he has given up just three hits and a walk total in his last 5 2/3 IP. There is a reason that the Nats decided to keep him instead of Drew Storen this offseason and he is showing why right now as he has a very good 2.38 ERA and 1.06 WHIP.
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