Here’s who Vegas is picking to lead MLB in home runs in 2020

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For the casual fan, the far and away best part of a MLB game is witnessing a jaw-dropping home run.

In 2019, fans witnessed a record number of longballs among throughout the majors. In fact, there were so many home runs hit in 2019, that pitchers became convinced the league had somehow ‘juiced’ the baseballs.

Heading into the 2020 season, it’s safe to assume the uptick in dingers will likely continue. With that being said, here’s who the oddsmakers in Las Vegas are picking to lead MLB in home runs in 2020.

Odds courtesy of the Westgate SuperBook as of February 17, 2020.

Ronald Acuna Jr., Braves – 14/1

At just 22-years-old, Acuna has a chance to go down as one of the all-time greats.

In 2018, the Venezuelan belted 26 home runs en route to winning Rookie of the Year honors. He followed that up with 41 homers in 2019 (he also led the NL in stolen bases with 37).

Barring injury, it’s a safe bet that Acuna will hit north of 40 home runs again in 2020.

Personally, I am more intrigued by the idea of Acuna joining the 40-40 club than I am with him winning the 2020 home run crown, but that’s a story for another day.

Pete Alonso, Mets – 12/1

Alonso burst onto the national scene when he put on an absolute show at the 2019 home run derby.

The reigning NL Rookie of the Year is also the reigning MLB home run leader (he hit 53 bombs in 2019).

With his raw power, I see Alonso as a threat to flirt with 60 home runs, despite not having great protection in the Mets’ lineup.

Mike Trout, Angels – 12/1

Widely regarded as the best player in baseball, Trout is coming off a 2019 campaign where he hit 45 home runs in 134 games.

If he stays healthy, Trout will contend here.

Juan Soto, Nationals – 10/1

“Childish Bambino” became a bona fide star during the Nationals surprising run to the 2019 World Series title.

The 21-year-old Dominican is arguably the best young power hitter in the game today. Don’t be surprised if he notches his first (of likely many) 50-HR season in 2020.

Aaron Judge, Yankees – 10/1

You know you have rare power when you hit “routine fly balls” that end up leaving the park. Judge has that type of power.

On top of getting to play his home games in the hitter-friendly Yankee Stadium, Judge also has the added benefit of hitting in the heart in the most daunting batting order in MLB.

Health will be the key for Judge here. If he stays healthy in 2020, he will be a serious threat here.

Other notable players to watch:

  • Giancarlo Stanton (16/1)
  • Cody Bellinger (16/1)
  • Christian Yelich (16/1)
  • Yordan Alvarez (18/1)
  • Gleybar Torres (20/1)
  • Nolan Arenado (20/1)
  • Matt Olson (20/1)
  • Alex Bregman (25/1)
  • Rhys Hoskins (25/1)
  • Bryce Harper (30/1)
  • Jorge Soler (30/1)
  • Trevor Story (40/1)
  • Khris Davis (40/1)

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