After an exciting change to the Home Run Derby format last year we had an epic finals matchup of Reds Todd Frazier and Dodgers Joc Pederson. Frazier took the crown and will look to repeat this year as a member of the White Sox against stiff competition with the likes of Marlins Giancarlo Stanton, Mariners Robinson Cano, Orioles Mark Trumbo and Rockies Carlos Gonzalez in the competition. We also have a few sleepers involved with Reds Adam Duvall, Dodgers Corey Seager, and hometown Padre Wil Myers rounding out the field. For a full rundown of tonights events check out the official MLB Home Run Derby website, the derby starts tonight at 8 p.m.
I found a solid rundown as well on SB Nation which gives the bracket and breakdown of how the event is going down.
The contestants are seeded based on total home runs through last Wednesday, with Mark Trumbo the No. 1 seed all the way down through No. 8 seed Corey Seager. The competition consists of three timed rounds in a single elimination bracket, each round with head-to-head matchups.
My friends in our sports group chat called “The Kitchen” have been making our predictions for the NBA Playoffs, NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs and MLB Preseason predictions. Just like “Damn Daniel”, we’re back at it again with the picks, this time for the Home Run Derby tonight.