2019 MLB Home Run Title Odds
Fans at Yankee Stadium were looking forward to a summer filled with long balls and victories. The 2019 Bronx Bombers were expected to easily lead Major League Baseball in home runs. This with the free-swinging duo of Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge in the middle of the lineup. The two entered the 2019 MLB campaign favored to lead the Major Leagues in home runs. Stanton has the shorter odds at +700 with Judge checking in as the second chalk +1200.
Stanton and Judge on IL
It should have come to no surprise that Stanton and Judge’s names were atop the Spring Training list in March. Furthermore it should also come as no surprise that American’s pastime issued a painful reminder that nothing that happens on and off the diamond is shocking. The 6’6″ Stanton is a two-time home run champions winning the titles in 2014 and 2017.
In this case the biggest surprise for the Yankee faithful is two-fold. Initially that they are the first team in the history of the Yanks organization to have 14-plus concurrent players on the injury list. There have only been three other occasions in the history of Major League Baseball with a larger number. Those three organization were the 2016 Los Angeles Dodgers, 2016 Oakland Athletics and the 2014 Texas Rangers. The trio had a total of 16 on the IL at the same time.
With Aaron Judge now on the IL, the New York Yankees have had 13-plus players out due to injury for three of the first five weeks of the 2019 season. The second surprising part of the two-fold container mentioned above is that the Yankees have remained competitive. Singularly being without all eight of their projected position player starters at some point in April.
At the time this MLB Futures column went to press the Yankees were 2.5 games behind first place Tampa Bay with a 17-12 record.
Both Stanton and Judge have fallen out of favor for the 2019 MLB Home Run Title. After opening the season as significant chalk in this MLB Futures category both are 100-1 in the latest Westgate 2019 HR Title Odds update: