Christian Yelich Being Disrespected by Odds to Lead MLB in Home Runs

Zach Brunner
Christian Yelich is being disrespected by odds to hit the most home runs.
Christian Yelich is being disrespected by odds to hit the most home runs. / Stacy Revere/Getty Images
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Milwaukee Brewers' superstar right fielder Christian Yelich went from winning an MVP in 2018 to improving his play in 2019, before a fractured kneecap ended his season in early September. Despite ending his season early, he still finished second in MVP voting and ranked fourth in the NL with 44 home runs.

He'll be ready to go as soon as baseball is back, and there's plenty of reason to be optimistic about his 2020 campaign. However, the oddsmakers have given Yelich surprisingly disrespectful odds to lead the MLB in home runs. He's available at just +2500 to be the MLB's home run leader, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

Yelich finished last season with 44 home runs in 130 games played. That put him on a 162-game pace to hit a ridiculous 55 home runs, which would've led the MLB. While it's unrealistic to expect him to play all 162 games, he can certainly lead the league, or come close to it, if he plays the 153.0 games he's averaged over the three seasons prior to 2019.

Giving Yelich the 11th-best odds to lead the MLB in home runs is downright disrespectful, especially considering how terrific he has been in Milwaukee. Between doubts about him and the overall disrespect the Brewers have gotten this offseason, we can expect a giant chip on Yelich's shoulder whenever the season begins.

The top-five in odds to lead the MLB in home runs, are Mike Trout (+950), Joey Gallo (+1000), Pete Alonso (+1000), Giancarlo Stanton (+1300) and Aaron Judge (+1500). If he stays healthy this season, though, Yelich will certainly be in contention to lead the MLB in home runs.


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