San Diego Padres first baseman Wil Myers will be looking to become the third slugger to win baseball’s signature All-Star Game event in front of his home fans when he steps up to the plate Monday night sporting a line of +550 on the Home Run Derby odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.
Myers is enjoying a breakout campaign with the Padres, tallying 19 home runs and 60 RBI through the first half of the season, and is perched as -150 chalk in his first-round meeting with Cincinnati’s Adam Duvall at Monday night’s Derby at Petco Park in San Diego.
Duvall has also impressed in his first season as a regular with the Reds, joining the major league leaders in home runs with 23, including 11 in the month of May, earning him +600 odds to win the event.
Todd Frazier claimed the crown at last year’s Home Run Derby in Cincinnati as a member of the Reds, marking the first time a hometown player had won the event since Ryne Sandberg of the Chicago Cubs accomplished the feat at Wrigley Field in 1989.
Frazier competes this year as a member of the Chicago White Sox, owning +600 odds to successfully defend his crown, and is -140 chalk to get past Carlos Gonzalez in the first round.
The Colorado Rockies outfielder has dazzled fans with his power this season, slugging 19 home runs with an average distance of over 420 feet, including a 475-foot blast against the Phillies on Sunday afternoon.
Gonzalez sports +100 odds in his opening-round battle with Frazier, and with crucial bonus time being awarded at this year’s competition for multiple balls hit in excess of 440 feet, the 2010 NL batting champion is an intriguing bet at +800.
But all eyes will be on Giancarlo Stanton, who sits atop the Home Run Derby odds as a +300 favorite. The Miami Marlins outfielder showed flashes of his slugging power with back-to-back two-homer games last week, and hits the All-Star Break on pace to set a career-best in home runs this season, surpassing the 37 he hit in both 2012 and 2014.
Stanton is also -175 chalk in his first-round showdown with 2011 Home Run Derby champion Robinson Cano, who trails at +135 on the head-to-head odds, and is a long +1000 bet to win his second title.
Baltimore Orioles outfielder Mark Trumbo takes an MLB-leading 28 home runs into the competition and trails Stanton with +375 odds. In the first round, though, Trumbo is heavy -175 chalk against the Dodgers’ Corey Seager, who trails at +145 and is pegged as a +900 longshot to emerge as Derby champion.
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