2019 MLB Home Run Odds
The grass is starting to be cut, the diamonds are getting raked and the white paint lines are freshly marked, which means the 2019 MLB season is upon us. Here we will be looking at five players who have the power to put the ball over the fences and maybe put some extra money in your pockets.
Aaron Judge, +800
The mini Bronx Bomber is licking his chops waiting to step into the batter’s box for the 2019 season to prove that he belongs amongst the elite power hitters in the league. Okay, maybe he’s not the mini Bronx Bomber in terms of size compared to Stanton, but his overall bat supersedes to him. Don’t get me wrong here, Judge has a lot of power in those big legs and he proved that in his Rookie of the Year season with 52 home runs in 2017, but 2018 was not what Judge was hoping for. He ended up missing 50 games and just couldn’t find a way to stay in the lineup consistently. If he stays healthy this season, he’s more than capable of leading the league in dingers. Look for Judge to get back to playing 150+ plus games and hitting 50+ long balls.
Giancarlo Stanton, +800
Yes, Giancarlo Stanton’s first year in a New York Yankees uniform was a bit of a disappointment. He had a career high in strikeouts (211) and his batting average dipped 15 points from his last season with the Marlins. However, there are a few factors you must consider when it comes to his 2018 season. He went from a poorly ran Marlins organization, to the Yankees, where they live and breathe baseball and expect nothing less than a championship in October. With that being said, he stayed healthy and played 158 games, which is an extremely positive sign heading into this season. Those New York Yankees jitters should be long gone, and you should expect Stanton to step in the batter’s box more focused than ever looking to swing for the fences. There’s no debate that he has the most raw power in the majors. Just one year removed from hitting 59 bombs, look for Stanton to get back to the top of the leader boards in home runs in 2019.
Nolan Arenado, +1400
Whew! Talk about breaking out the Brinks trunk in Denver, Colorado. The Rockies just PAID their star player $260 million over the next eight years to continue to wear their purple jersey. This contract extension is well deserved as Arenado has been one of the most consistent hitters in the league the past four seasons. Over the past four years he’s averaging 39.5 home runs per year. There’s no doubt if he stays healthy, he is going to produce in bunches. The part that sways this bet is the fact that he plays in the most hitter friendly park, Coors Field. Arenado wants to show the Rockies brass that they made the right decision in extending him, what better way to show that than winning a home run title?
Rhys Hoskins, +2000
Rhys Hoskins is a real dark horse in this group. The Philadelphia Phillies have a young star power hitter on their hands. Hoskins will be overshadowed by the addition of Bryce Harper, but he is projected to hit in the clean-up spot to start the season. With that said, he’s in a favorable position in this lineup. With the additions of Andrew McCutchen and Jean Segura, Hoskins should see more quality pitches. If you combine that with his power potential, you have a formula for more home runs. It’s nearly impossible to expect him to hit a home run every 14 at bats like he has in the past two seasons, but it does suggest there’s a lot to like here. Look for Hoskins to stay in the mix amongst the home run leaders this season and don’t be surprised if this dark horse ends up taking the home run crown.
Jesus Aguilar, +3300
Another real dark horse to lead the league in homers is Jesus Aguilar, the big first baseman for the Milwaukee Brewers. The 2018 All-Star launched 35 home runs last season and proved to be a legit power threat in a hitter’s friendly ball park (Miller Park). 2019 will be his second season as an everyday starter and he’s projected to hit third in a top-heavy Brewers lineup. He sure has a sweet swing and will be looking to flex his muscles and have Bernie Brewer sliding down the winding outfield slide many times this upcoming season.