Best Bets To Win The 2017 Home Run Derby

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Stanton cranked a couple of solo shots, one in the fifth and one in the 11th, in his own personal tune-up for Monday night's Home Run Derby.

All eyes are going to be on massive Yankees rookie outfielder Aaron Judge, who is the -275 Sports Interaction betting odds favourite to win AL MVP.

When does the Home Run Derby start?: The festivities begin 8PM, Monday July 10th. CNHI Sports Boston's baseball writer, Chris Mason, is on hand to write about baseball's annual hitters showcase. This year's contest is at Marlins Park in Miami. The exception is Giancarlo Stanton, who earned the top seed by winning last year's competition. The rookie is set to face Charlie Blackmon of Colorado in the opening round of the derby.

According to oddsmakers at BetDSI, Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge are now listed as co-favorites to win, as each is listed with +200 odds. Born in Lakeland, which is about 240 miles northwest of Miami, Sale is 11-4 with a 2.75 ERA and a major league-leading 178 strikeouts in 127 2/3 innings.

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Best Bets To Win The 2017 Home Run Derby

We'll find out soon enough with the 6-foot-7 Judge (30 homers) competing in the eight-player test of power, and Stanton (26 homers) enjoying the familiar comforts of Marlins Park. Moustakas has the most home runs of this group with 25 on the year, along with 54 RBI. The victor of this head-to-head matchup will go on to face the victor of the Stanton vs. Sanchez matchup in the second round.

In addition to having the No. 1 seed-which isn't exactly an advantage since Gary Sanchez's 15 home runs came in just 55 games, he's a legitimate threat-Stanton will also have home-field advantage in the Derby.

Sano already has nearly matched last year's season total of 25 home runs.

Sanchez missed 21 games with a right biceps injury, which helps explain why he has the lowest total of all the competitors. He will meet Gary Sanchez in the opening round of this year's derby.


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