The Home Run Derby is Monday night and the American League roster looks stacked, while the NL roster features a guy who is set to come off the DL and a 180 pound outfielder. The American League lineup will feature last year’s champ Robinson Cano of the Yankees, Prince Fielder, who won is 2008 in St. Louis, Jose Bautista, who leads the majors with 27 homers from Toronto and Mark Trumbo of the Angels.
Carlos Beltran will help represent the National League squad with his 20 home runs, which is tops in the league. Dodgers star Matt Kemp, who is set to come off the DL after the break, will take swings along with Carlos Gonzalez of the Rockies and Andrew McCutchen of the Pirates.
The top four move onto the second round. Here are my predictions.
Semifinals: Robinson Cano, Prince Fielder, Jose Bautista and Carlos Beltran. Cano and Fielder are veterans in this event. Bautista will learn from his first appearance last year and Beltran will be pumped up by the Kansas City crowd as they cheer on their former star.
Kemp’s timing will be off, and McCutchen (5’10, 180 pounds) will be lucky to finish with two homers. First timer Trumbo will press too hard. Gonzalez hit his last homer on June 15th and only five of his 17 homers have come on the road away from the thin air of Coors Field in Denver.
Finals: Fielder and Bautista. I think Cano was a surprise last year. These two guys are pure power hitters. Fielder paces himself better and beats out Bautista 5-2 in the finals.