2012 Home Run Derby Odds: Robinson Cano Looks to Defend his Title
Monday, July 09, 2012
by Bovada Sportsbook
Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano won the Home Run Derby at baseball's All-Star festivities last season and he's back to defend his title Monday in Kansas City – but he's not the favorite on the 2012 Home Run Derby MLB Props heading into the event.
Cano defeated Adrian Gonzalez in the Derby in 2011, hitting 12 home runs in the final round to claim the title with 32. Gonzalez ended up with 31 home runs, followed by both Prince Fielder and David Ortiz at nine. Jose Bautista (four) and Matt Kemp (two) were both eliminated in the first round of the Derby last year.
Toronto's Bautista, though, leads the league in home runs heading into the break, and on the props at Bovada he's the 13/4 favorite to win the event. That puts him just ahead of Cano and the Angels' Mark Trumbo at 5/1.
Kemp is also at 5/1 odds, but he'll be coming off the disabled list for Monday's Derby; Kemp suffered a hamstring injury back on May 30 and has been out of action since then.
McCutchen (a replacement for the Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton), Trumbo, Beltran, and Gonzalez are competing in the Derby for the first time. Kemp, Bautista and Cano are making their second appearances, while Fielder was in the field in 2007, 2009, and 2011.
And while Fielder had just nine home runs at the Derby in 2011 and three in 2007, he was the champion at the event in 2009 when he belted 23 home runs. Fielder, though, has just 15 home runs for the Tigers so far in 2012.
Bautista has 27 home runs so far this season, with Trumbo at 22, Cano and Beltran at 20, McCutchen at 18, and Gonzalez at 17. Kemp had hit 12 home runs in just 36 games for the Dodgers before suffering his hamstring injury.
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