Giancarlo Stanton Heavily Favored for 2017 MBL Home Run Title Despite having Never Reached 40 HR
- Updated: January 11, 2017
Giancarlo Stanton is the favorite to win the MLB Home Run Title this year. If you know nothing about baseball, then that probably doesn’t mean anything to you. If you know your sports, however, then it should be obvious why that outcome is so difficult to believe for some pundits. But that doesn’t make it any less true. You just need to look at any US sportsbook the offers MLB odds for next season.
That seems be where most analysts and pundits are looking these days, and no one can deny the fact that the odds are very telling, revealing expectations and predictions amongst those sports fans with a penchant for betting.
Stanton’s seven-year big league career has had its hills and valley. The suspicion regarding proclamations of Stanton being the heavy favorite to lead Major League Baseball in home runs emanates from the fact that he has never done so in all those seven years.
Of course, just because he hasn’t been the MLB home run king yet doesn’t change the fact that he still stands a considerable chance of coming out at the top this time around. The Florida Marlins player has been lauded for his prodigious power, and every Las Vegas Sportsbook seems to be leaning his way, with Stanton boasting an impressive 8-1 odds of standing at the top of the pyramid when it comes to homers in the majors this season.
According to the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook, in particular, the odds put Stanton ahead of a trio of players a 15-1. People have good reason to believe that two-time home run champ Chris Davis can take the title at the end of the season.
Some people have even begun making mention of Manny Machado, possibly even Nolan Arenado from the Colorado Rockies; however, for the moment, it looks like all three fall well below Stanton, at least with regards to expectations.
The Trio, it should be noted, tied for the National League Homerun lead in the previous seasons, and there is a good reason for people to give them consideration over the 6-foot-6 Stanton.
2014 was one of Stanton’s better years; that was when he led the NL with 37 homers; one also cannot forget the player’s career-high 539 at-bats which he achieved that same year.
Whatever you say about Stanton, his power has never been in doubt. For some people, it is a little worrisome that he has yet to top 37 homers in a season. The fact that he never stays on the field long enough to have a notable impact is also troublesome.
The past two seasons have seen Stanton sit out 131 games; however, the injuries plaguing him didn’t prevent him from finishing with 27 homers in 2015 and 2016.
The only one who had a higher average distance of home runs than Stanton in MLB in 2016 was Carlos Gonzalez from the Rockies. The Home Run Derby Champ of 2016 at the MLB All-Star Game, Stanton has a lot of factors going for him this season.
That doesn’t guarantee him success, but it definitely explains why he is favored so heavily this time around.