The biggest lull in the sports calendar is now but fear not because we have the Homerun Derby and the accompanying MLB odds to keep us in action. Let’s see which masher will take home the hardware and add a few bucks to our bankroll.
Below are the entrants for the 2015 Homerun Derby and in parentheses are the best odds you will find on each and at what sportsbook you can find them. Remember kids this is not a bet-the-rent kind of event but it can be an enjoyable way to spend a Monday night in anticipation of the Mid-Summer Classic. Without further ado, here we go!
Albert Pujols +550 at WilliamHill
Todd Frazier +550 at PaddyPower
Josh Donaldson +650 at Ladbrokes
Joc Pederson +700 at Bwin
Manny Machado +1200 at Sportingbet
Anthony Rizzo +750 at WilliamHill
Prince Fielder +700 at WilliamHIll
Kris Bryant +850 at Sportingbet
Each player is seeded according to his homerun totals for this season and each bracket contains an AL player versus an NL player. It is a head-to-head contest and in keeping with the traditional highest seed versus lowest and that the opening round must be AL vs. NL here are the opening round matchups and predictions.
#1 Pujols vs. #8 Bryant – The future Hall-of-Famer slammed 13 homers in June which led the majors and his 26 dingers on the season is second only to the injured Giancarlo Stanton. Pujols should be able to put away Kris Bryant without an issue. Pujols moves on.
#2 Todd Frazier vs. #7 Prince Fielder – Fielder has only hit four homeruns since June 1st and we imagine that his once heralded super stroke is long gone and hard to find. We will back Frazier who went long nine times in June but has yet to go yard in July.
#3 Donaldson vs. #6 Rizzo – Josh Donaldson has been dealing with the flu and his three homeruns in July don’t impress me enough to select him over All-Star Anthony Rizzo of the Cubs. The 6’3” 240 pound tower of power will muscle his way right past Donaldson and into the second round.
#4 Joc Pederson vs. #5 Manny Machado – It’s Manny time in the opening round as we consider his eight long balls in June and four in July. He’s a tall, lanky kid with plenty of power and we believe he will smoke those softballs being tossed to him and easily ease on in to round number two.
#1 Pujols vs. #6 Rizzo – Big Riz will be moving on into the semi-finals as we see that 25-year-old body able to power through the second round and leave Sir Albert in the dust. Rizzo is batting a click below .300 and we see his hitter’s eye making all the difference as Pujols will be happy to join the loser’s lounge for a few beers and some shrimp cocktail.
#2 Frazier vs. #5 Machado – There’s somethin’ about Manny this year and we believe the kid from Miami, now plying his trade with the Orioles, is going to continue to smack that ball silly. He has two homers in the last seven days and definitely has his groove on so Mr. Machado welcome to the finals in the Homerun Derby!
#5 Machado vs. #6 Rizzo – We have the new guard of Major League Baseball in the finals and we will side with the Manny Machado who should be able to get the job done in what will be a rainy evening at the Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati, Ohio. We will make the books pay for making Manny a longshot and bet him at +1200 at Sportingbet.com.