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Home Run Derby 2021 Odds: Shohei Ohtani Favored Over Joey Gallo, Pete Alonso, More

Blake SchusterContributor IJuly 8, 2021

ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA - JULY 07: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels hits a solo home run against the Boston Red Sox during the fifth inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on July 07, 2021 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Michael Owens/Getty Images)
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Shohei Ohtani is the odds-on favorite to win next week's Home Run Derby at Coors Field in Denver, Colorado, which should come as little surprise to anyone who has seen the two-way star play this year. 

DraftKings Sportsbook lists the Japanese superstar at +380 (bet $100 to win $380) to win the derby, followed by Texas Rangers slugger Joey Gallo at +475. 

Reigning Derby champion Pete Alonso of the New York Mets opened at +550 at the sportsbookโ€”the third-best odds in the field. 

Oakland Athletics first baseman Matt Olson and Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez are both listed at +650, while Rockies shortstop Trevor Story is +800 despite playing in his home park. 

Washington Nationals outfielder Juan Soto is also +800, while Baltimore Orioles slugger Trey Mancini is +850. 

Ohtani leads MLB with 32 home runs as of Thursday. No one else in the derby field has more than 23 (Gallo). Both Gallo and Soto have as strong of bats as any player in MLB and are certainly worth a flier given their odds, but it'll be hard to imagine anyone topping Ohtani until it actually happens. 

DraftKings Sportsbook agrees. 

      

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