Stanton to defend, Judge hopes to rule Home Run Derby

Posted July 11, 2017

This could set Stanton up for a potential final round matchup with the No. 2 seed Aaron Judge. In 51 previous plate appearances at Marlins park, Blackmon is hitting.234 with 2 home runs. The exception is Giancarlo Stanton, who earned the top seed by winning last year's competition.

Bellinger's first-round opponent is Colorado's Charlie Blackmon (+2000), who has the unenviable task of potentially needing to go through all three of Bellinger, Judge and Stanton to win the derby.

Judge, along with Stanton, is a favorite to bring home the trophy.

No. 1 Giancarlo Stanton Marlins vs. He will face New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez, the No. 8 seed, in the opening round at Marlins Park.

Miami Marlins first baseman Justin Bour follows through on a two-run base hit in the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Sunda.

Stanton has walloped a 504-foot home run this season, while Judge has reached 495 feet with his longest shot.

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In previous years of the Home Run Derby, we've seen a lot of stars bow out as they don't want to "ruin their swing" for the second half of the season.

In the new format, each competitor goes for four minutes, attempting to hit as many home runs as possible without having to worry about outs or waiting for the ideal pitch.

Moose, as he's affectionately called in Kansas City, has grown into a pull happy hitter over the last year with 24 of his 25 home runs flying over the right field fence this year.

Sano, in his third season, is already approaching his career high of homers (25) with 21 and is a big reason the Twins are one of the AL's surprises in 2017 after leading the majors in losses in 2016.

While the Derby has always been a spectacle purely for fan entertainment, Major League Baseball tweaked the event a couple of years ago to up the entertainment value. The victor of this head-to-head matchup will go on to face the victor of the Stanton vs. Sanchez matchup in the second round.