Jose Bautista of the Toronto Blue Jays is favored over seven other sluggers to take home the 2012 Home Run Derby title in Kansas City Monday night, with Robinson Cano and Prince Fielder expected to be his main competition.
Robinson Cano, second baseman for the Yankees, and slugging Detroit Tigers first baseman Prince Fielder both have 7 to 2 odds of taking home the 2012 Home Run Derby title, according to sportsbook.com's odds. Cano hit 20 homers in the first half of the season, while Fielder has slugged 15 homers.
Mark Trumbo of the Los Angeles Angels, who is having a stellar rookie season and has belted 22 homers so far, has 5 to 1 odds of winning.
A trio of sluggers are listed at 6 to 1 odds: Los Angeles Dodger outfielder Matt Kemp (12 home runs); left fielder Carlos Gonzalez of the Colorado Rockies (17 homers); and St. Louis Cardinals right fielder Carlos Beltran (20 home runs.)
The longshot to win the 2012 Home Run Derby is Pittsburgh Pirates centerfielder Andrew McCutchen (18 homers), who has 9 to 1 odds of being the champion, according to sportsbook.com. McCutchen is a late entrant to the derby, replacing the injured Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins.
Aside from 2012 Home Run Derby Odds, sportsbook.com lists a number of prop bets, including whether the winner will be from the American League (5 to 11 odds) or the National League (17 to 10 odds.)
The site also has odds for who will belt the longest home run, with Bautista and Fielder the favorites in that category at 3 to 1 odds.
They are followed by Trumbo at 19 to 5 odds. Gonzales, Cano, Kemp and Beltran all have 5 to 1 odds of hitting the farthest homer, with McCutchen the longshot at 6 to 1.
The 2012 Home Run Derby kicks off at 7 p.m. Central Time (8 p.m. Eastern) at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City. The 2012 MLB All-Star Game will be played Tuesday between the American and National leagues. The winning side will have home-field advantage for the 2012 World Series.