This season’s Home Run Derby may well boil down to two absolute long ball beasts: Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge.
Home Run Derby Odds & Picks
- Giancarlo Stanton +120
- Aaron Judge +165
- Cody Bellinger +900
- Mike Moustakas +1400
- Charlie Blackmon +1400
- Miguel Sano +1400
- Justin Bour +1600
- Gary Sanchez +2000
What: 2017 Home Run Derby
When: Monday, July 10th, 2017
Start Time: 8:00 PM ET
Where: Miami, Florida
Stadium: Marlins Park
The Favorite Pick To Win The HR Derby: Giancarlo Stanton +120
Last year, Giancarlo Stanton not only won the Home Run Derby, but he destroyed his competitors. He answered the question: What if the Hulk played baseball?
His Herculean performance had him belt 61 HRs over three rounds, including the ten longest derby home runs and 18 of the 19 longest on the books. No other player in the history of the event has recorded more than 42 HRs in three rounds.
Stanton was set to dominate these events for the next decade with his mythological strength and power until a rookie from the Bronx this season took the league by storm this season.
The Smart Bet To Win The HR Derby: Aaron Judge +165
If you have see Aaron Judge away from the plate, you would never believe he’s a baseball player. At a well built 6′ 7" he could be a NFL tight end.
And he’s the reason Stanton might not win the next ten HR derbies in a row. Last week, Judge tied Joe DiMaggio’s record for most home runs hit in a Yankees’ rookie season with 29. And we haven’t hit the mid-way mark in the season. Can he save the Yankees and even baseball?
With the HR Derby bracket draw, the only way Stanton and Judge face-off this time around is if both beasts make it to the final round.
The Long-shot Bet To Win The HR Derby: Cody Bellinger: +900
The Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman/outfielder Cody Bellinger has the third best odds to win the 2017 Home Run Derby, so how can he be a long shot? With Stanton and Judge, everyone else is a long shot.
With 24 home runs in 65 games, Bellinger deserves some real consideration. Remember, a 350-foot homer counts just as much as a 500-footer.