Can Christian Yelich End The Season As Home Run Leader?

Martin Green

Tuesday, May 14, 2019 5:40 PM UTC

Tuesday, May. 14, 2019 5:40 PM UTC

Christian Yelich has been installed as the favourite to finish the regular season with the most home runs after hitting 16 in his opening 38 games.
<div><p>He was the breakout star of the 2018 MLB season and he was named NL MVP after leading in batting average, slugging percentage, OPS and OPS+. Yelich hit 38 dingers over the course of the season, but finished 10 behind HR leader Khris Davis. This time around he is in even more formidable form, as evidence by his sweet connection with Jason Vargas’ 81 mph changeup last week, which sent the ball up into the Johnsonville Party Deck.</p><p><a href=";a=3e56a0bf-7bdf-4fe1-b9a6-d22c7cc3dd2c&amp;f=1" target="_blank" title="Betway">Betway</a> has made Yelich the 5/2 (+250) favourite to finish as the home run leader this season, ahead of Cody Bellinger at 5/1 and Davis at 6/1. Oakland star Davis has only managed 12 HRs in 38 appearances thus far, but we all saw how dangerous he can be last year. Yesterday he hit his first homer in almost a month in the As 6-5 defeat to the Mariners, and it is now time for him to get back on track. Bellinger is on 14 so far, although he has played 41 games for the Dodgers.</p><h2>Who else might stop Yelich?</h2><p>Houston’s George Springer is out at 20/1 despite recording 15 dingers from his first 42 games of the season. Other interesting long shots include Aaron Judge, the home run leader for 2017, at 40/1 and his New York Yankees teammate Giancarlo Stanton at 50/1. Stanton is a four-time All-Star and he was named NL home run leader in 2014 and 2017. Both men are currently injured, but they could be dangerous when they return.</p><p>Joey Gallo is also heavily backed at 7/1 after hitting 12 home runs so far this season. He lives for home runs and he has actually hit more of them than he has managed singles since making his debut in 2015, so he could be a very shrewd choice indeed in this intriguing market. His 96.7 average exit velocity is testament to his power and he should be very much in contention to be named home run leader by the end of the regular season.</p></div>
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