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Giancarlo Stanton is Home Run Derby favorite

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The gambling site Bovada has come out with its odds for Monday night’s Home Run Derby. You will not be surprised who the favorite is:

I’d probably pick Stanton and Judge at 1-2 as well, and by a hefty margin. For betting purposes, though, I think Sano at 12/1 is pretty tasty.

But yeah, I think this is Stanton’s to lose, with Judge a solid choice if he falters.

Kyle Seager is in The Best Shape of His Life

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Kyle Seager had the worst year of his big league career in 2018. He hit .221/.273/.400 (86 OPS+) and saw his home run total decline for the second straight year. In response, Seager has reported back to camp in Peoria . . . in the best shape of his life.

This story about it in the Seattle Times has it all: the poor production and nagging injuries that led to a change of habits in the offseason. A new diet, new exercise routines, a focus on flexibility, the epiphany that an injury was the result of conditioning and, as the payoff, the scene on the first day of workouts when his uniform was too baggy and he had to get a new one.

The proof, of course, will not come from the eating, but in the production.