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The Home Run Derby is tonight and we have a great field to breakdown. Let’s take a look at each player, what they have done this year and if they can win the Derby.
Pete Alonso (+190 to Win)
Alonso is slashing .265/.339/.517 with 24 home runs and a 141 OPS+. Alonso is the back-to-back Derby champion and will be looking to go for the three-peat. It makes sense that he is the odds on favorite to win the whole thing. He draws a tough matchup with Ronald Acuña Jr. in the first round.
Kyle Schwarber (+330 to Win)
The NL leader in home runs is looking to win his first Home Run Derby. He is slashing .208/.317/.503 with 29 home runs. After signing a big contract with the Phillies he is turning in a monster year and has huge power to put baseballs all over Dodger Stadium. He draws Albert Pujols in the first round.
Juan Soto (+650 to Win)
I would love to see the Soto shuffle after taking a pitch in the derby. He has obviously been in the news recently after turning down the Nats contract extension but now he will look to make different headlines with a derby title. He is slashing .250/.405/.497 with 20 home runs. He faces off with José Ramirez in the first round.
Julio Rodriguez (+700 to Win)
The rookie phenom looks to announce his presence to the world tonight at the Home Run Derby. He is doing things that only the best of the best have ever done in their rookie season. After spending the first 1/4th of the season getting hosed on bad strike calls he has put everything together and become and absolute terror. He is slashing .275/.337/.477 with 16 home runs. he squares off with Corey Seager in the first round.
Ronald Acuña Jr. (+750 to Win)
Acuña has made his return from his ACL tear and his infectious energy is great for baseball and its’ fans. His power stroke hasn’t fully returned yet but it is only a matter of time before he starts mashing baseballs and tonight is a good place to get his swing fine tuned.
Corey Seager (+1200 to Win)
Seager is swinging the hottest power bat out of anyone in the competition right now with 7 home runs in his last 12 games giving him 22 on the year. He will be back in Dodger Stadium where he spent the first 7 years of his career.
José Ramirez (+1800 to Win)
Ramirez’s odds here are a bit surprising considering his 19 home runs and his .576 slugging percentage. He is having a monster year and could easily dominate this competition.
Albert Pujols (+2400 to Win)
This years legacy selection into the Home Run Derby, Pujols is not the power hitter he once was but it will be a nice sendoff for the future Hall of Famer. He has 6 homers on the year and will need a big pinch of his old magic to stay competitive tonight.
Dillon’s Derby Pick: Julio Rodriguez (+700)
The Derby can be a young mans game considering how many swings they have to take. Rodriguez has big power, big energy and a great chance to win the Home Run Derby as a rookie.