Defending champion Prince Fielder, a two-time winner of the Home Run Derby, is favored to pick up his third title on Monday at Citi Field in New York.
Fielder won the 2009 Derby as a member of the Milwaukee Brewers with 23 home runs. Now with the Detroit Tigers, Fielder became the first player to win the Derby on a team from both leagues, blasting 28 home runs to capture the title last year in Kansas City.
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Fielder had 16 home runs heading into Friday’s action and was sitting as a 7/2 favorite to win the Derby at Bovada
MLB home run leader Chris Davis of the Orioles is also expected to contend and is the second favorite at 15/4. Davis has had a breakout season, belting 34 homers in the first 92 games of the season. He hit a career-high 32 home runs last season.
Both lefty sluggers, Fielder and Davis will benefit from the dimensions at Citi Field - it’s only 330 feet down the rightfield line and has a hitter-friendly wall structure in the rightfield power alleys.
Robinson Cano is the only other previous champion in the field. The New York Yankees star won the 2011 Derby, besting Fielder with 32 home runs. However, Cano didn’t even make it out of the first round last year, finishing with zero home runs. Cano and Oakland A’s slugger Yoenis Cespedes are at 11/2 odds.
The winner has averaged 27.4 home runs in the last five Derbies.
2013 Home Run Derby - Odds to Win (courtesy Bovada):
Prince Fielder (DET) 7/2
Chris Davis (BAL) 15/4
Bryce Harper (WSH) 5/1
Robinson Cano (NYY) 11/2
Yoenis Cespedes (OAK) 11/2
David Wright (NYM) 15/2
Pedro Alvarez (PIT) 15/2
Michael Cuddyer (COL) 9/1