An interesting lead up to Tuesday’s Major League Baseball All-Star game occurs on Monday night as the Home Run Derby betting takes place. Eight sluggers will battle it out to see who can take home the title in a competition that can be seen on ESPN. Boston’s David Ortiz and Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera are the two favorites but there are a lot of contenders who have a chance.
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Ortiz and Cabrera will probably go off at about 2.5 to 1 as the two favorites and then there will be a few darkhorse candidates and a couple of longshots. New York’s Nick Swisher, Milwaukee’s Corey Hart and St. Louis’ Matt Holliday will have odds of about 5-1 each. Vernon Wells should have odds of about 7-1 and the two longshots will be Arizona’s Chris Young and Florida’s Hanley Ramirez.
The last two players added to the Home Run Derby were Swisher and Young. The Yankees didn’t want Robinson Cano to participate in the Home Run Derby but they have no problem with Swisher being in the contest. The Yankees want him to be careful but they are pretty confident that Swisher’s swing won’t be affected. Past history has not been kind to participants in the Home Run Derby odds and many of them struggle in the second half of the season because their swings are all messed up. Cabrera had 22 home runs before Sunday’s action and he trailed only Toronto’s Jose Bautista for the league lead. Corey Hart had 20, Vernon Wells 19, David Ortiz 17, Matt Holliday, Nick Swisher and Chris Young 15, and Hanley Ramirez had 13.
The Home Run Derby begins with each player getting a turn and trying to hit as many home runs as they can. Each player gets ten “outs” per round. An out is any swing that is not a home run. Four players out of the eight advances to the second round and their totals carry over. The top two players that have the highest total after round two advance to the final. In the final, the home run count is reset to zero.
Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton hit 28 home runs in the first round in 2008 and that is the most home runs ever in the first round. Hamilton seemed to be worn out though and lost in the final to Minnesota’s Justin Morneau. Last year it was Milwaukee’s Prince Fielder just getting past Texas’ Nelson Cruz in the final.