Which masher will come away with the prestigious Home Run Derby title when the annual showcase takes place later tonight? He's averaged a home run every 10.1 at bats and is third in the majors with a.613 slugging percentage (Judge is first at.697).
numberFire's models project the 27-year-old slugger to bat.267 with 16 taters, 46 RBI, and 38 runs scored in 287 plate appearances over the season's second half.More news: NBA Summer League tips off in Las Vegas
According to oddsmakers at BetDSI, Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge are now listed as co-favorites to win, as each is listed with +200 odds. Judge will open the derby by taking on Miami's Justin Bour.
Stanton is tied with Cincinnati Reds first basemen Joey Votto for the NL home run lead with 26 so far this season.
Moustakas doesn't grab the headlines, but he's put together 25 home runs, good for a tie with the Astros' George Springer for second in the majors. Stanton is the top seed and takes on Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez.More news: Americans Say Civility Has Worsened Under Trump; Trust In Institutions Down
In each round, each player will receive four minutes in which to hit as many home runs as possible.
Then there's Bellinger, who wasn't playing full-time until late April but still has 25 home runs. The rookie is set to face Charlie Blackmon of Colorado in the opening round of the derby. The No. 1 overall seed is +200 and set a Derby record with 61 bombs a year ago in San Diego. He held the record for most home runs in a player's first 51 games until Cody Bellinger broke it by hitting 21 earlier this season.
The long-ball hitting contest, a highlight of the run-up to the All-Start Game on July 11 at Marlins Park, sets up like a heavyweight clash from boxing's glory days with 6-foot-7 Judge going against 6-foot-6 Stanton. No. 8 Gary Sanchez; No. 4 Mike Moustakas vs.More news: Impact on Indian jobs remains unclear — Microsoft layoffs