The 2021 Home Run Derby has arrived! A year removed from its cancellation due to COVID-19, the excitement is back in a perfect location. The event will take place at Coors Field in Denver, and they will not be using the humidor to the balls damp. Expectations will be high for the eight batters to put on a show.
The Home Run Derby is scheduled for Monday, July 12 at 8 p.m. ET. The participants will get extra batting practice from 7:10 to 7:25 p.m. and then the pre-Derby ceremony will start at 7:45 p.m. ESPN will broadcast the Derby, which means it will be available via live stream at WatchESPN and through the ESPN app. Karl Ravech will handle play-by-play duties for the Derby, and he’ll be joined by analyst Eduardo Perez and reporters Buster Olney and Marly Rivera.
New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso is the defending champion, having won the event in 2019 at Progressive Field. He has the third best odds to win at DraftKings Sportsbook, installed at +525. Los Angeles Angels DH/SP Shohei Ohtani is the favorite at +350. Here’ a full list of odds to win:
Shohei Ohtani: +350
Joey Gallo: +450
Pete Alonso: +525
Matt Olson: +580
Salvador Perez: +700
Juan Soto: +750
Trevor Story: +800
Trey Mancini: +1000
The event is a single-elimination three round bracket. The first round matchups will be as follows:
(1) Shohei Ohtani vs. (8) Juan Soto
(4) Salvador Perez vs. (5) Pete Alonso
(2) Joey Gallo vs. (7) Trevor Story
(3) Matt Olson vs. (6) Trey Mancini