The opening odds to win the 2019 MLB Home Run Derby have seen a drastic change, according to FanDuel Sportsbook, after the original betting favorite Christian Yelich dropped out of the competition due to a back injury.
Now that Yelich will be replaced by Oakland Athletics' third baseman Matt Chapman, Pittsburgh Pirates' first baseman Josh Bell is the newest betting favorite to win this year's derby.
As Yelich's replacement, Chapman now slides in with the fifth-best odds to win it all at +850. Bell (+350), who will now be playing in his first MLB All-Star Game, is currently fifth in the MLB in home runs, with 27 on the season.
New York Mets' first baseman Pete Alonso is close behind Bell in the latest odds, improving to +400. Alonso sits just one homer shy of the league leader for home runs, with 30. Fellow rookie Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (+450) is now just behind Alonso after the recent odds' update as well, despite hitting just eight home runs on the season.
With the original favorite dropping out, the entire bracket opens up and everyone has a chance. It will be an exciting event to watch Monday night.
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