2018 Home Run Derby - 7/16/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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MLB Baseball: Monday, July 16, 2018 at 8:00 pm (Nationals Park)
The 2018 MLB Home Run Derby features some of the best power hitters in baseball facing off on Monday.
Seven Players from the National League and one from the American League make up the participants in the 2018 Home Run Derby. The following is a list of first round matchups and potential outcomes.
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#1 Jesus Aguilar—Milwaukee Brewers—Aguilar is showing signs of a budding star in his 5th year and second as a starter. Aguilar has hit for average (.302) and power (24) and is the biggest competitor at 290+ pounds.
#8 Rhys Hoskins—Philadelphia Phillies—Phillies fans saw Hoskins connect for 18 homers in 50 games last year in 170 AB but 14 in 306 at bats but at 6-4 and 225 pounds he is built for power.
#2 Bryce Harper—Washington Nationals— Harper has struggled to a .214 BA but he has hit 23 homers and is a proven commodity and is on home turf.
#7 Freddie Freeman—Atlanta Braves—Freeman is a big reason the Braves are contending for supremacy in the National League East. At .292 with 19 homers Freeman has great numbers but his swing is more suited for line drives then homers.
#3 Max Muncy—Los Angeles Dodgers—This is an intriguing story as injuries have led the way to playing time for the Dodgers rookie and he has made the most of his opportunity 221 plate appearances with 22 homers.
#6 Javier Baez—Chicago Cubs—Baez has hit 19 homers and should surpass the 30 he hit a year ago. He is hitting .293 but at less then 200 pounds the question is whether he has the size to hang with some of the bigger bodies.
#4 Alex Bregman—Houston Astros—The Astros are leading the AL Central in their drive for a second straight World Series crown and Bregman has been a strong contributor with 20 HR and a .288 BA but at 190 pounds I wonder if he lacks the physical size to make a long run.
#5 Kyle Schwarber—Chicago Cubs—Schwarber is easily on pace to eclipse the 30 round trippers he hit in 2017 after totaling 18 by this season’s All Star Game. He has the size at 220 pounds and strength to be an impact.
The Home Run Derby is something to throw a few bucks on and enjoyed because of it’s exhibition type nature. As for a winner I think I’d look at Aguilar for his imposing size and at Muncy who will be looking to prove his first half is no fluke.