Prepare for prolific power in the Bronx, because Yankees sluggers Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge are predicted to dominate 2019.
Sports betting site Odds Shark posted a tweet with the numbers on Wednesday. Stanton narrowly edged out Judge to top the list:
Odds to hit the most Home Runs in the 2019 MLB regular season:
— Odds Shark (@OddsShark) March 14, 2019
BetOnline put out similar odds in February. Their list also gave Stanton the best chance to lead the league in dingers, followed closely by Judge:
Who will be MLB’s home run leader this season?
Giancarlo Stanton: +700
Aaron Judge: +1000
Mike Trout: +1600
J.D. Martinez: +1800
Joey Gallo: +1800
Khris Davis: +2000
Bryce Harper: +2500
Nolan Arenado: +2500
(Odds via BetOnline) pic.twitter.com/zD2Mv0Rcfw
— B/R Betting (@br_betting) February 19, 2019
The two outfielders combined for 65 home runs in 2018. Stanton contributed 38 bombs, while injuries limited Judge to 27.
If they can stay healthy, this powerful pairing is certainly capable of depositing more than 100 balls in the seats. In 2017, when Stanton was still a member of the Miami Marlins, they each left the yard more than 50 times.
Judge already has four long balls this spring. Stanton only has two, but he utterly destroyed them:
— Jomboy (@Jomboy_) March 8, 2019
Giancarlo Stanton's Home Run from last night: pic.twitter.com/wX4TIGP05A
— George (@YankeeNerdStats) March 15, 2019
There’s even a good chance that the two teammates will pit their powerful swings against each other for a massive payday at the MLB All-Star Game. The league recently announced new rule changes, including a $1 million bonus for the winner of the Home Run Derby.
Yankees fans know from regularly watching batting practice that Judge and Stanton present the most appealing matchup for such a high-stakes slugging contest.
Hopefully they’ll save a little pop for a potential playoff run, though. Million-dollar payouts and home-run titles are great, but World Series rings represent the ultimate reward.