The best sluggers in all of Major League Baseball are about to descend upon New York for the 2013 All-Star Game. Naturally, the burning question on everyone's mind is, who's going to go yard?
Sure, a pitcher's duel against the game's best pitchers is interesting, too, but this isn't the playoffs; we want to see fireworks at the plate.
Fortunately for fans, both lineups are stacked with plenty of power bats ready to light up the Citi Field scoreboard. Last year, Melky Cabrera was the only All-Star to hit one in the National League's 8-0 lopsided win.
The odds of a one-home-run game happening this time around seem diminished. Here are the stars that will be looking to make sure this year's contest features more homers.
Chris Davis, American League
Baltimore Orioles slugger Chris Davis is putting up power numbers that few have been able to post before him.
In fact, as ESPN Stats & Info notes, only one player has hit more home runs before the All-Star break than Davis: Barry Bonds in his record-setting 2001 season.
He'll be completely locked in at Citi Field, too.
The slugger has hit four home runs in the last seven days. Batting fourth in the American League lineup with Mike Trout, Robinson Cano and Miguel Cabrera in front of him, Davis is sure to have the opportunity to showcase the power he's put on display all season.
Pedro Alvarez, National League
Pedro Alvarez might not be in the starting lineup, but there are few players on the roster more likely to go deep at Citi Field.
The Mets' home stadium favors lefties with the left-field fence just 335 feet away, and as ESPN Stats & Info tweeted out, few players in the game are better at pulling the ball to left field than Alvarez:
Visual look at the HR hit by NL HR Derby entrants pic.twitter.com/V1Cr2p0Fqc— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) July 15, 2013
Alvarez would have needed Chris Davis-esque numbers to have beat out hometown favorite David Wright for the starting third-base spot. But his 24 home runs this season are good enough for second in the National League.
Assuming he gets off the bench and into the lineup at some point, he'll be a true threat at the plate.
Robinson Cano, American League
There might be better power hitters in the game, but Cano's swing is tailor made to knock it out of Citi Field. The explosive lefty, like Alvarez, is adept at pulling the ball to left field to boost his power numbers, as ESPN Stats & Info tweeted out:
Visual look at the HR hit by the AL HR Derby team this season pic.twitter.com/2QX35e8B3m— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) July 15, 2013
Cano has hit pretty well at Citi Field recently. According to ESPN's split statistics, his slashline over the last three seasons of .343/.410/.714 with two home runs.
The Yankees second baseman should get a few opportunities to make the highlight reel with his bat as he's getting the starting nod and batting second in the order. It might not please the Mets crowd, but the fans of New York's other team in attendance will certainly love it if he goes deep.