The 2013 MLB Home Run Derby as part of the All-Star festivities has some serious heavy hitters in its eight-man roster. Chris Davis comes into this 28th installment of the bomb fest having belted 37 dingers already this season. However, Prince Fielder has won twice before and clearly knows what it takes to rule the glorified batting practice for power.
Davis has to be considered the favorite in tonight’s Home Run Derby at Citi Field in New York City. The man has seemingly launched a homer every game over the past week. True, his home ballpark in Baltimore, Maryland is favors hitters. And true, he hits in the American League where homers tend to fly out more frequently than the National League. Consider this: 36 of the 37 homers that Davis hit would have flown out of Citi Field assuming the same weather conditions.
Then there is Prince Fielder who with two wins already under his belt has clearly discovered how to advance from round-to-round and take home the title. Fielder already hit a 460-foot bomb this year off Cleveland’s Corey Kluber so his stroke is as good as it has ever been. The guy is a power hitter through and through and will come out swinging for the fences.
The other contestants are no slouches, either. Yoenis Cespedes has hit the longest homers this year by average than any player in the competition. Robinson Cano has seemingly gotten better as the year has gone on and is considered the dark horse to run away with the crown. David Wright is playing at home and knows that batter box better than anyone else.
There’s also Michael Cuddyer who recently came off a massive 27-game hit streak. Cuddyer’s bat has some pop, but I wouldn’t consider him a true power hitter. He might have to change his swing a bit tonight in order to complete. The same goes for Bryce Harper and Pedro Alvarez, though keep in mind that those two rank only behind Davis for the most number of fly balls that turn into homers.
Tonight’s 2013 MLB Home Run Derby as part of the All-Star Game festivities in NYC will be broadcast tonight live on ESPN in high definition (HD) at 8/7c. Those of you with cable subscriptions have the option of watching a free live online streaming version of the game here on ESPN 3. My prediction is that Yoenis Cespedes gets into a groove and tops Prince Fielder in the final round for the Home Run Derby crown, while Chris Davis loses in the first round.