Stanton to defend HR Derby title short on sleep

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"You got to have a formula and everything just like hitting in a game, but it more reminds me of when my dad was throwing to me back in the day", Stanton told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. Stanton has 26 home runs this season through 86 games. That's more been a myth than an actual trend, but it's still interesting to see that Aaron Judge and Cody Bellinger are competing.

The event begins at 7 p.m. This is not the "B" squad.

New York Yankees rookie slugger Aaron Judge, who leads the majors with 30 homers, is also part of the eight-man field for the derby. However, it's worth remembering that the format has changed.

Bellinger is slated as the number three seed of the bracket. There's obviously the comfort factor - 13 of his home runs have come at home this season, with 94 over his 6 seasons at Marlins Park. The victor of this head-to-head matchup will go on to face the victor of the Stanton vs. Sanchez matchup in the second round.


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. Stanton packs a ton of power and seems to relish the All-Star stage.

Judge leads the majors with 30 home runs.

Judge, the second seed, faces another Marlin in the first round, first baseman Justin Bour (20 homers). Maybe Cody Bellinger of the Los Angeles Dodgers, another rookie can shine? The exception is Giancarlo Stanton, who earned the top seed by winning last year's competition. Sano is in just his third season and already approaching career highs in home runs and RBI.

Judge, along with Stanton, is a favorite to bring home the trophy. However, each of those hitters is listed behind Moustakas in terms of the sports betting odds to win the event.

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