On Wednesday, MLB announced this year’s Home Run Derby participants. The reigning champion Giancarlo Stanton will defend his title in front of the hometown crowd. The Derby will take place on Monday, July 10th at 8 pm ET in Miami.
Stanton is the No. 1 seed and the rest of the players in the eight-player bracket are seeded by total home runs hit as of Tuesday.
Who will win the 2017 Home Run Derby?
The oddsmakers have Stanton listed as the +120 favorite. He hit a record 61 home runs, including 24 in the first round, last year. However, only Ken Griffey Jr. and Yoenis Cespedes have ever won two years in a row.
It appears to be a two-horse race as Aaron Judge is listed at +165 and no other player has odds better than +900. The Yankees slugger leads the league in longballs (29) and average exit velocity (97.3).
Dodgers rookie Cody Bellinger (+900) will have his father pitching to him in the Derby and would be the youngest winner ever if crowned. So many great storylines but the 21-year-old has only homered in one of his last 14 games.
Gary Sanchez has the longest odds at +2000. Some questioned Sanchez’s inclusion in the contest because he only has 13 homers. However, he leads all MLB players in average home run length so putting a few over the fence won’t be a problem.
2017 MLB Home Run Derby Odds (5Dimes)
MLB Over/Under Pro Systems
Picks are 98-75 (57%), +20.5 units in 2017