MLB Betting: Handicapping The Home Run Derby

One of the highlights of the All-Star break is always the Home Run Derby where baseball’s best sluggers swing for the fences and look to launch as many out of the park as they can. For home run derby betting purposes, you’ll want to note that the American League has won the last three and five of the last six overall, and they lead the favorites in this year’s contest as well.

National League

Bryce Harper, Washington (+450): Harper has just 12 homers, but he also has 190 Abs as he has battled injury all season. You would think that he would have at least 20 dingers by now if he were fully healthy.

Pedro Alvarez, Pittsburgh (+500): Alvarez replaces the injured Carlos Gonzalez as the Colorado slugger is injured, and he has 23 HRs to date, which is good for second in the NL (Gonzalez leads the league with 25, and Philadelphia’s Dominic Brown also has 23).

David Wright, New York Mets (+1000): The hometown hero is the captain and makes his second appearance in this event after finishing second to Philadelphia’s Ryan Howard in 2006. He has 13 HRs on the season.

Michael Cuddyer, Colorado (+1400): Cuddyer has 15 homers this year, and he is the longshot in this event.

American League

Prince Fielder, Detroit (+300): Fielder has 16 HRs and a two-time winner here, including last year (he also won in 2009 with Milwaukee).

Chris Davis, Baltimore (+350): Davis leads the majors with 34 HRs, and he is always swinging for the fences.

Robinson Cano, New York Yankees (+400): 21-HR man Cano won the 2011 edition of this event and is the AL captain. He should have some fans backing him, although the Mets’ boobirds could drown them out.

Yoenis Cespedes, Oakland (+550): Cespedes has gone deep 15 times, and even as the AL darkhorse, he has a legitimate shot.

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