Best Picks For The Top Home Run Hitters Of The 2019 MLB Season
The 2019 MLB regular season is about to start this month. Baseball fans aren’t only interested in which team will end up with the World Series title. The competition for most home runs often draws as much attention. Alongside top veteran home run hitters, several fresh faces are out to make a name for themselves.
Last year’s leader – Khris Davis – is still in the running, but Nitrogen Sports Blog has come up with five other players who have great chances of bagging the home run title this year.
Aaron Judge (New York Yankees)
Yankees outfielder Judge is easily considered as a best bet to be among the home run leaders in 2019.
Holding the record for rookie home runs in 2017 with 52 blasts, Judge hit a wall in 2018 due to a broken wrist that limited him to only 112 games.
Yet, his performance in the postseason showed everybody why he’s one of the most dangerous sluggers in the game today.
Joey Gallo (Texas Rangers)
Gallo is a bit of a wild card. He is only a career .203 hitter, but when it comes to his ability to send balls to the moon, there’s little to question about.
He’s hit at least 40 homers in each of the last two seasons and finished 14th last season in the American League in slugging percentage (.498).
Cody Bellinger (Los Angeles Dodgers)
Another home-run factory during his rookie year, Cody Bellinger hit 39 dingers in 2017.
In his second year with the Dodgers, he suffered a typical sophomore slump. Still, the 23-year-old outfielder owns a decent career triple slash line of .263/.347/.522 with a .869 OPS. He should see a spike in 2019 after producing just 25 homers in 2018.
Giancarlo Stanton (New York Yankees)
When it comes to monster sluggers, the Yankees have two top home run hitters in Stanton and Judge.
In his first year in New York, Judge saw his numbers take a plunge, but he still hit 38 homers and finished 2018 with a .266 batting to go with a .509 slugging percentage.
The 29-year-old Stanton is still in his prime. He and Judge could make this year’s home run competition in the big leagues a two-man race.
Matt Olson (Oakland Athletics)
Of course, Judge and Stanton aren’t the only teammates in the running to finish the season as home run leaders. Although overshadowed by teammate Khris Davis, Matt Olson should not be overlooked.
Olson is expected to hit before Davis in Oakland’s current batting order. Despite a spot after Davies last year, he still managed some impressive stats. He slammed 29 home runs in 2018 to bring his career total to 53 over the course of three seasons.
After a long wait and an eventful offseason, baseball is set to take over the mainstream. The sport may have slid down in terms of popularity in North America, but the interest in baseball remains high, thanks in large part to its stars that never fail to entertain fans with a nightly display of power that even the best MLB pitchers in 2019 fear.
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