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Todd Frazier, Josh Thole

Todd Frazier is the favorite to win the Home Run Derby


If you’re betting on the Home Run Derby you probably need to reexamine your life choices. But if you reexamine them and nonetheless decide that you need to bet on the Home Run Derby, here are the current odds being offered:

Todd Frazier: 7/2
Kris Bryant: 5/1
Prince Fielder: 11/2
Albert Pujols: 6/1
Anthony Rizzo: 13/2
Josh Donaldson: 7/1
Joc Pederson: 7/1
Manny Machado: 7/1

I feel like the oddsmakers are selling Joc Pederson short. He may be struggling at the plate now, but he has a crazy big swing and power. Given that people are going to be throwing him 40 m.p.h. meatballs, I feel like he’ll do some damage. And Prince Fielder has won the dang thing a couple of times. I wouldn’t be shocked if he put one in the Ohio River.

Still: I agree, Frazier is the man the beat. His home park and all of his shots are bombs.

Yadier Molina got ejected for arguing with an ump as a play was going on

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Bottom of the sixth, Cardinals have a 4-2 lead but the bases are full of Cubs. Miguel Montero at the plate. A borderline pitch was called a ball instead of a strike. The very next pitch, Montero hits a double to the gap. Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina is angry and argues, presumably about that last pitch.

Except he does it in the middle of the dang play while Cubs runners are circling the bases. Watch:

Seriously, the argument unfolds almost immediately, and is going on while Dexter Fowler, Anthony Rizzo and Jorge Soler all come in to score.

I presume Molina¬†has enough sense of the field at this point to know that there likely wouldn’t be a play at the plate and probably was still watching it unfold out of the corner of his eye. Still, this is pretty inexcusable all the same. he’s distracting the ump, who could be called on to make a call, either at home if a runner doesn’t touch or to help out at third base. He’s possibly signaling to Soler that there is no play at the plate as well, erasing any doubts in his mind if he or his third base coach had any.

I mean look at this:


Mostly, though, it’s just unprofessional. If you have a beef with the strike zone — and he may have had a longstanding one that built with the game, I have no idea as I didn’t watch it — take your beef up when there isn’t a play unfolding. Molina was ejected here, and I don’t have any problem with it whatsoever. Not because he’s arguing balls and strikes, but because he’s literally getting in the way of a play.

Video: Jhonny Peralta hit a two-out, two-strike, go-ahead two-run homer to beat the Cubs

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Cardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta jumped all over this fastball from Cubs reliever Pedro Strop with two strikes and two outs in the top of the ninth inning Wednesday night at Wrigley Field …

Great call there by Cardinals television play-by-play man Dan McLaughlin. St. Louis would hold that 6-5 lead through the bottom of the ninth with closer Trevor Rosenthal picking up his 25th save of the season.