MLB betting fans saw Justin Morneau of the Minnesota Twins take the title last year against the MLB odds as he beat out Josh Hamilton of the Texas Rangers for the crown with a 5-3 win. This year shapes up as the most exciting and attractive MLB betting Home Run Derby ever as there are some big names on the ballot for fans to select against the MLB odds.
A good name to start with will be the home town hero of the All Star festivities, Albert Pujols of the St. Louis Cardinals. Pujols was leading all of MLB betting in home runs with 26 through June 25 and will have obvious motivation to show well at home.
An interesting selection on the ballot is a power hitter stuck playing for the worst team in baseball. Adam Dunn hit 18 home runs for the Washington Nationals despite their horrible season.
A strange omission from the MLB betting ballot is Adrian Gonzalez of the San Diego Padres, who was second in MLB betting with 24 home runs as he made the Padres more respectable as a team than what was expected. Gonzalez makes for an excellent write in candidate.
Another strong National League MLB betting write in candidate is Raul Ibanez of the Philadelphia Phillies. While Ibanez made his fame with the American League Seattle Mariners he has hit 22 home runs to start the 2009 season.
Write in candidates, in fact, may end up being the MLB betting rule rather than the exception for this year’s Home Run Derby as most of the top names on the 2009 home run stat charts failed to appear on the ballot while many other names that actually appear there aren’t even on the leader board, such as Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees and Vladimir Guerrero of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
The best rule for MLB betting on the Home Run Derby is to expect the unexpected!
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