We get it. Not everybody is into the Home Run Derby. But some of you are and that’s totally fine. We’re here if you want to talk (or complain) about it.
Feel free to use this as an open thread to discuss the festivities at Citi Field this evening. Below you’ll find the eight participants for this year’s derby.
David Wright (NL Captain) – 13 home runs this season
Michael Cuddyer – 16 home runs this season
Bryce Harper – 13 home runs this season
Pedro Alvarez – 24 home runs this season
Robinson Cano (AL Captain) – 21 home runs this season
Prince Fielder (defending champion) – 16 home runs this season
Chris Davis – 37 home runs this season
Yoenis Cespedes – 15 home runs this season
In Matthew’s preview earlier today, he pegged Prince Fielder as the favorite. And as a two-time winner, he probably should be. O’s slugger Chris Davis obviously has a ton of hype coming into tonight’s event, but I’m hoping to see Bryce Harper put on a show.
The Dodgers have reinstated first baseman Adrian Gonzalez from the 60-day disabled list after his recovery from a herniated disc. To make room for him they have optioned Rob Segedin to Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Gonzalez last played on June 11. Since then the Dodgers have gone an astounding 46-9, with shoe-in rookie of the year candidate Cody Bellinger handling first base duties and posting a .978 OPS. When Gonzalez went down he was hitting .255/.304/.339 and only one homer in 49 games.
It’ll be interesting to see what kind of playing time he gets going forward. The Dodgers, of course, have a comfortable lead in the NL West, so they could afford to allow Gonzalez to play a good bit to see if his bat sharpens up while simultaneously giving Bellinger, who has never played more than 137 games in a season, a bit of a breather. Beyond that, though, the Dodgers ain’t broke, so it’s hard to see why anyone would want to tinker with things.
The Tampa Bay Rays have activated outfielder Kevin Kiermaier from the 60-day disabled list.
Kiermaier, who fractured his hip in early June, is batting leadoff and playing center field in tonight’s game against the Mariners. He was just 3-for-24 on his rehab assignment, but those aren’t usually predictive of anything. He was hitting .258/.329/.408 when he went down. Getting his bat — and, more importantly, his glove — back in the lineup will boost the struggling Rays in their quest for a playoff spot.