The 2013 Home Run Derby lineup is set, and it's time to break down which sluggers have the best chance to win it all.
Here's the NL lineup, as per the Baseball Tonight Twitter page:
And here's the AL lineup, as per the Baseball Tonight Twitter page:
According to James Schmehl of MLive.com, Miguel Cabrera has been asked to represent the AL Derby team, but he has yet to accept due to concerns about a back injury.
For now, which participants are most likely to take home the crown? Read on to find out.
Chris Davis is one of the best stories in baseball this year. The 27-year-old has 33 home runs with an astronomical .703 slugging percentage.
Last season, Davis had 33 home runs in 139 games. He should blow by that mark this year, and he has a real chance to hit 60 or more.
He might have the most raw power in the game, and according to the ESPN Home Run Tracker, his home runs travel an average of 405.9 feet.
While he has always possessed the power potential, this season has been Davis' breakout year, and he has the opportunity to showcase his talents in front of a national audience at the Derby. He'll put on a big performance and should be considered the heavy favorite to win it all.
Prince Fielder will be making his fourth straight Derby appearance, and he'll do so as the reigning champion. Fielder hit 28 home runs last year to win it and also won the event in 2010.
Fielder has 15 home runs this year, although he's in a bit of slump, hitting just three since June 6. That's a big concern, since the Derby is all about getting into a rhythm. Right now, Fielder is not in a rhythm, and it could affect him at the Derby.
Still, he has incredible Derby experience and is the defending champ. He's a contender, but it would help if he can hit some more homers before the competition starts.
Fielder will definitely advance past the first round, but his recent slump makes it a bit difficult to see him winning it all. His experience, however, does make him a threat.
Carlos Gonzalez leads the National League in home runs with 24, and he represents the NL's best chance of winning.
According to the ESPN Home Run Tracker, Gonzalez's home runs travel an average distance of 406.5 feet.
It'll be interesting to see how Gonzalez fares in Citi Field. It's a notorious pitcher's park, while his home stadium at Coors Field is a notorious hitter's haven.
Still, Gonzalez has nine more home runs than the next closest NL contestant, and he's already hit more home runs this year than he did last year. He's coming in hot and has the chance to put on a good performance.
He has a good shot of making the final.
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