- What: Major League Baseball’s Home Run Derby
- Where: Progressive Field, Cleveland, Ohio
- When: Monday, July 9, 8 p.m.
- TV: ESPN
MLB Home Run Derby July 8 Prediction
Josh Bell, of the Pittsburgh Pirates, has become the favorite to win the 2019 Home Run Derby, which will take place Monday night (8 p.m.) at Cleveland’s Progressive Field.
Bell became the favorite when the Milwaukee Brewers Christian Yelich removed himself from the competition with an injury. Matt Chapman, of the Oakland As replaced Yelich in the eight-man field.
Bell, who has 27 home runs on the season, is listed as the 4-1 favorite. He’s followed closely by Pete Alonso, of the New York Mets, who is 9-2. Alonso has 29 home runs this season, the most of any of the eight participants.
Vlad Guerrero Jr., of the Toronto Blue Jays, the youngest player ever entered in the Derby at 20 years of age, is the third choice at 5-1. Called up from the minors during the season. He has eight home runs this year.
Joc Pederson, of the Los Angeles Dodgers, is 7-1 followed by Chapman, 15-2; Ronald Acuna, of the Atlanta Braves, at 8-1; Alex Bregman, of the Houston Astros, at 17-2; and hometown choice Carlos Santana, of the Cleveland Indians, is the long shot on the board at 10-1.
Pederson has 20 home runs this season. Chapman and Acuna have 21 each. Bregman has 23 and Santana has 19.
The way Derby works is the eight players will face off four vs. four in the first round; then the semifinals and the finals. Each player gets four minutes to him as many home runs as he can. If he hits two home runs of at leas 440 feet, he receives and extra 30 seconds.
The first-round has Chapman vs. Guerrero Jr.; Bregman vs. Pederson; Alonso vs. Santana; and Bell vs. Acuna.
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