The AL looks stacked, with league-leader Davis and two-time derby winner Fielder. You wonder if their three guys could hit more than the NL without adding a fourth. Maybe? By comparison, the NL makes you scratch your head a bit. Cuddyer?! He's having a heck of a year, but in the Home Run Derby? He's not the guy you think of for tape-measure homers. Harper? People will tune in to see him, but he's coming off injury.
What about Paul Goldschmidt (21 homers)? He's deserving of the big stage. Domonic Brown (23) too. And, of course, seeing Giancarlo Stanton in the derby would get a lot of attention, even though he didn't make the All-Star team after his hobbled first half.
Here are this year's competitors ranked by home runs hit this season:
• Chris Davis (33)
• Carlos Gonzalez (24)
• Robinson Cano (20)
• Michael Cuddyer (15)
• Prince Fielder (15)
• Bryce Harper (13)
• David Wright (13)
While Chris Davis will be the favorite, conventional wisdom says he won't win and it will be someone we didn't think even think had a chance. So yes, that means Michael Cuddyer might be a good bet after all.
Unless Justin Verlander gets that final AL spot. Then he's totally my pick.
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