Bryce Harper, Kyle Schwarber Top Betting Odds to Win 2018 MLB Home Run Derby

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistJuly 15, 2018

Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper bats during a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh, Tuesday, July 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
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The oddsmakers are giving Bryce Harper the home-field advantage in the 2018 MLB Home Run Derby.

Harper is currently listed as +225 odds (bet $100 to win $225) to win Monday night's Derby at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., per OddsShark. Chicago Cubs slugger Kyle Schwarber comes in with the second-best odds at +333.

Here is how the remaining odds play out:

  • Jesus Aguilar +500
  • Javier Baez +550
  • Rhys Hoskins +650
  • Max Muncy +700
  • Freddie Freeman +850
  • Alex Bregman +1100

None of the players in the field are past Home Run Derby winners. Harper previously competed in the 2013 event, finishing in second place behind Yoenis Cespedes.

"I think doing it is going to be a lot of fun," Harper said, per USA Today. "I was able to participate in New York the first time and it was a lot of fun. If I win, I win. If I don't, it's part of it. I'm just excited to hopefully share that day with my dad (who plans to again throw to Harper at the Derby)."

The tournament format will see Harper open the event as the No. 2 seed against Freeman. The new tournament format will see Aguilar take on eighth seed Hoskins.

Schwarber is the No. 5 seed and will take on Bregman, while Muncy and Baez will go head-to-head.

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