It is the most exciting part of baseball. With the crack of the bat, the ball travels out of the park over the outfield wall for a home run.
Which MLB player will hit the most home runs this year? Those that like to bet on the MLB have a number of choices in this futures bet. They also have much to consider in this shortened 60-game season.
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The betting odds favor some familiar names in the 2020 home run race. Last year’s American League MVP Mike Trout hit 45 homers in 134 games. Trout missed 28 games due to injury or he likely would have hit over 50.
There is no mistaking Trout’s talent. He already owns three MLB AL MVP awards and, in eight full seasons, has hit 285 home runs. Trout is the +900 favorite to hit the most home runs in 2020.
He will face some stiff competition from the Mets Pete Alonso. Last year, Alonso became the first Met to hit 50-plus home runs when he hit 53 as a rookie. The 53 dingers broke the MLB record for home runs by a rookie.
What makes Alonso a real threat is what he did in September last year. Alonso hit 11 homers during the month. Even if he gets off to a slow start, Alonso has the potential to hit a lot of home runs and do so quickly. That is why he is given +1000 odds to win.
Last year’s National League MVP Cody Bellinger didn’t win the award just on his looks. The Dodgers’ star has a live bat that led to his hitting .305 with 47 home runs in 2019. The Dodgers lineup is loaded with hitters, so Bellinger might not see the same pitches he did a year ago. Still, he is a talent that can’t be overlooked at +1400.
It was Aaron Judge who had that rookie home run record until Alonso broke it last year. Injuries limited Judge to 102 games last year. He hit 27 home runs, but it was 2017 when Judge hit 52. The capability is still there and at +1600, Judge offers a nice payout.
Take A Swing
In making your betting picks in the MLB futures market, you might want to take a swing on a couple of sluggers that have put up big numbers in the past. This is how to win betting Major League Baseball. Judge’s teammate, Giancarlo Stanton, is one.
Like Judge, Stanton was limited last season because of injuries. Stanton played in just 18 games last season, but it wasn’t all that long ago he hit 59 homers with the Marlins. In his first season in New York, Stanton hit 38. The power is there. Stanton just needs to stay healthy for bettors to cash in on his +1800 odds.
The other slugger worthy of consideration is Boston’s J.D. Martinez. Over the past two seasons, Martinez has hit 79 homers. He actually finished second to Khris Davis in 2018 when he hit 43. Martinez hit 36 round-trippers last season.
At +2500 to win, Martinez is a long shot, but he could be a long shot worth taking in this shortened season.