Stanton, rookies battle for Home Run Derby glory

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Stanton, rookies battle for Home Run Derby glory

Hopefully, for our sake, we see the top seed on each half of the bracket, Stanton and Judge, battle in the finals of the mini "tournament", and we could see Stanton try to top the performance he put on past year. Bellinger is third in the NL in home runs right now with 25 through 70 games. That's more pulled home runs than any other player in the majors. In 51 previous plate appearances at Marlins park, Blackmon is hitting.234 with 2 home runs.

This means Moustakas will have any easier time making the adjustment to such a large park than the likes of Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees.

Twenty-two of the 25 first half home runs have also left that bat with an exit velocity above 100 miles per hour, which is the best rate of any left hander in the game. He also went deep in six of his last eight games. We're here with everything you need to know about the 2017 Home Run Derby-including scheduling information and the latest odds from OddsShark.com. The new format brings a fast-paced energy to the event. The clock starts once the first pitch is thrown and the clock only stops early if the batter surpasses his opponents total.

Judge should naturally thrive in a home-run competition. 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. They are allowed two timeouts in the championship round.

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In each round, each player will receive four minutes in which to hit as many home runs as possible.

Should a round be tied, a 60-second tiebreaker is held with no added time available.

Stanton cranked a couple of solo shots, one in the fifth and one in the 11th, in his own personal tune-up for Monday night's Home Run Derby. Judge broke Joe DiMaggio's record for most home runs by a Yankees rookie on Friday. Of his 59 career home runs, 31 have come at Marlins Park.

Stanton, the top seed in the bracketed quarterfinals, will oppose eighth-seeded New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (13 homers this year) in the first round.


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