With only six weeks to go before pitchers and catchers report for duty our mind wanders toward baseball, specifically betting baseball. And to help whet our appetite let’s take a quick look at the Superbook’s 2017 MLB home run champion betting board.
Miami Marlins masher Giancarlo Stanton tops the betting at odds of 8/1. Stanton won the NL home-run title three seasons ago with 37, but has been limited to 27 each of the last two seasons in part due to injuries that have caused him to miss well over 100 games.
Also, Stanton will fight a trend that’s seen each of the last seven MLB home-run champs come from the American League.
A pair of Orioles, Chris Davis and Manny Machado, along with Colorado’s Nolan Arenado, come next, each at 15/1. Davis won the MLB home-run title in 2013 and 2015, while Arenado tied for the NL lead each of the last two seasons.
Then comes a great collection of young talent, all at 20/1. Angel Mike Trout hit 29 homers last year in winning his second American League MVP award; Chicago Cub Kris Bryant hit 39 in winning his first NL MVP last year; teammate Kyle Schwarber is looking to bounce back after missing almost all of last season to injury; Washington’s Bryce Harper tied for the NL home run lead two years ago with 42; Toronto’s Josh Donaldson has hit 78 homers over the last two seasons; and Twin Miguel Sano hit 25 dongs last year in just 116 games.
Defending MLB home-run champ Mark Trumbo, who belted 47 for Baltimore last year, is offered at 30/1, as is Seattle’s Nelson Cruz, who won the home run crown in 2014 and finished second last season with 43. New Cleveland Indian Edwin Encarnacion, who tied for third last year with 42 homers for Toronto, and Houston slugger George Springer are both getting 40/1.
Two-time home run champion Jose Bautista and Met Yoenis Cespedes are both getting 60/1. Current Minnesota Twin Brian Dozier, who also tied for third last year with 42 home runs, is getting 80/1.
Mariner Robinson Cano, after swatting 39 homers last year, is getting 100/1. And Astro Evan Gattis, who hit 32 homers last year despite missing more than 30 games, is getting 200/1.