Dingers. Moonshots. Longballs. Large flies. Taters. No matter you name ’em, these guys are gonna ship ’em.
After a 12 months away, the Home Run Derby is again Monday night time, and there is a good likelihood it may be one for the ages: The skinny Denver air goes to permit for some zaftig residence run numbers.
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The sector, too, will probably be as much as the duty: Shohei Ohtani, Joey Gallo and 2019 dinger contest champ Pete Alonso headline this 12 months’s occasion, with many anticipating Ohtani to finish up within the ultimate.
There are, in fact, some sleeper candidates: Homecity participant Trevor Story has a chance to play to the sphere he is acquainted with in his first-round matchup with Gallo, whereas Athletics first baseman Matt Olson has a chance to make a run to the finals, as effectively.
Anticipate mile-high flies within the Mile Excessive Metropolis. Here is how the sphere matches up within the 2021 Home Run Derby.
Home Run Derby bracket 2021
There are various marquee matchups for this 12 months’s occasion.
- Angels’ Shohei Ohtani (1) vs. Nationals’ Juan Soto (8)
- Royals’ Salvador Perez (4) vs. Mets’ Pete Alonso (5)
- Rangers’ Joey Gallo (2) vs. Rockies’ Trevor Story (7)
- Athletics’ Matt Olson (3) vs. Orioles’ Trey Mancini (6)
Home Run Derby predictions
Joe Rivera (@JoeRiveraSN): It is Sho Time? Not fairly. There is a purpose they’re the highest two seeds, and Joey Gallo will upend Shohei Ohtani within the ultimate in one of many higher Home Run Derbies in latest reminiscence. Winner: Gallo
Jacob Camenker (@JacobCamenker): Joey Gallo will cruise via his aspect of the bracket whereas Shohei Ohtani vs. Pete Alonso will change into an epic showdown for the best to play within the ultimate. The reigning derby-winner Alonso emerges however wears down within the ultimate spherical in opposition to the Rangers slugger. Winner: Gallo
Jason Foster (@ByJasonFoster): This factor is gonna give us precisely what we needed — repeated, monster dingers — and it is gonna finish precisely how we anticipated — with Shohei Ohtani claiming the crown and additional establishing himself as a baseball super-mutant and possible extraterrestrial. Search for not less than one 500-plus-foot homer from him in that skinny Denver air. Winner: Ohtani
Ryan Fagan (@RyanFagan): Joey Gallo has such uncooked, straightforward energy that he might in all probability win this Derby — even with so many nice sluggers in Denver — with out going max effort. Winner: Gallo
Home Run Derby odds
On Monday morning, Ohtani opened as the favourite for the 2021 Home Run Derby, and a wholesome one at that.
- Shohei Ohtani: +240
- Joey Gallo: +420
- Pete Alonso: +450
- Matt Olson: +600
- Juan Soto: +800
- Trevor Story: +800
- Salvador Perez: +1500
- Trey Mancini: +1500