While neither the New York Mets nor the Los Angeles Angels find themselves toward the top of the latest odds to win the 2020 World Series, both of these clubs do have a claim to the player most likely to lead the league in one key stat.
This would have been to hard to imagine a year ago, but Mets' second-year first baseman Pete Alonso is actually sitting tied with Angels' star and three-time AL MVP Mike Trout for the best odds to lead the MLB in home runs next season. Both are available at +1000, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
Alonso, who seemingly came storming out of nowhere last season, defeated Vladimir Guerrero Jr. to win the 2019 MLB Home Run Derby on his way to hitting a league-high 53 homers last year.
While Trout fell eight homers short of Alonso's total in 27 fewer games played last year, his 45 homers still marked a career best for the eight-time MLB All-Star.
As for some of the contenders beyond the favorites, the New York Yankees actually boast two of the top-five players by the odds to league the league in homers next season. Giancarlo Stanton (+1200) and Aaron Judge (+1300) both look like contenders, and Texas Rangers' outfielder Joey Gallo is listed at +1200 as well.
The Yankees are hoping to see much healthier seasons from both star sluggers after Stanton played only 18 games and Judge only got in 102 games due to injuries last season.
Cincinnati Reds' third baseman Eugenio Suarez clocks is as a rather notable dark horse with +2200 odds after he came just four bombs short of Alonso for the second-most HRs in the league last season. Suarez is tied with Bryce Harper for the eighth-best odds.
If there's one thing that Alonso's surprise run to the top spot in this category as a rookie taught us last year, it's that next season's winner could be quite some distance down the list of odds to lead the league in homers.
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