Giancarlo Stanton is co-favorite for home run crown according to Vegas
Giancarlo Stanton is going to hit a lot of home runs this season. How many dingers the 25 year-old connects on remains to be seen, but he has arguably the best raw power in Major League Baseball and is an imposing threat to any pitcher, any time he steps into the batters box.
The Vegas oddsmakers don’t seem to think the face guard he’ll wear in 2015 will hinder Stanton’s home run-hitting ability. Two weeks ago, the Las Vegas Superbook published its MLB home run title odds. And as a surprise to no one, Stanton is one of the odds-on favorites to bring home the MLB home run crown in 2015. He and White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu check in at 8-1 odds, with Abreu projected to lead the American League in long balls while Stanton expects to be in a class of his own in the senior circuit. The next closest candidate for the NL crown according to Vegas is Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo, who is given 18-1 odds.
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"2015 HOMERUN TITLE ODDSGIANCARLO STANTON 8-1JOSE ABREU 8-1EDWIN ENCARNACION 12-1CHRIS DAVIS 12-1JOSE BAUTISTA 18-1MIGUEL CABRERA 18-1MIKE TROUT 20-1ANTHONY RIZZO 18 -1PAUL GOLDSCHMIDT 20-1CHRIS CARTER 25-1"
The top ten list is not surprisingly American League-heavy, with just three NL hitters given consideration. Marlins NL East foe Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals just missed the above list with 25-1 odds.
Stanton hit a career-high 37 home runs for the Marlins last year, a season which he had cut short by about two weeks after the scary incident in Milwaukee. He also led the NL with a .555 slugging percentage, the second time he has accomplished that feat. Nelson Cruz paced the AL with 40 homers, and the aforementioned Abreu finished third in the AL with 36 home runs in his rookie season.
In five MLB seasons, all with the Marlins, Stanton has smashed 154 home runs. That ties him with Dan Uggla for the most in Marlins franchise history. Stanton should break that tie very quickly this season. I have Stanton landing somewhere around the 40 home run mark in 2015, which would obviously be a career-best. What do you think, Marlin Maniac readers?
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