Tonight is the Home Run Derby at AT&T Park in San Francisco. Here is the lineup and my predictions to win.
Matt Holliday - Colorado Rockies - Bats: Right - 15 Home Runs - A late addition after Miguel Cabrera pulled out yesterday. A good hitter but he just doesn't seem to have the power and stamina necessary to win. A first round exit.
Ryan Howard - Philadephia Phillies - Bats: Left - 21 Home Runs - The defending champ didn't make the NL team, but has flown in the San Fran only to defend his title. Without the distraction that is the game tomorrow, he could repeat. However, I don't think he's the man this year. Runner-up
Prince Fielder - Milwakee Brewers - Bats: Left - 29 Home Runs - The most exciting hitter in the Derby next to Guerrero. Look for him to put more than a few into McCovey Cove as he should go all the way. Champion
Justin Morneau - Minnesota Twins - Bats: Left - 24 Home Runs - The hottest hitter in the lineup. Just had a monster doubleheader against the White Sox. Unfortunately, I just don't see him beating out Howard or Fielder. A second round exit
Alex Rios - Toronto Blue Jays - Bats: Right - 17 Homer Runs - Another late addition. A good, solid hitter, but he just doesn't stack up against the other power hitters in the field. A first round exit
Vlad Guerrero - Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim - Bats: Right - 14 Home Runs - The most exciting swing in the field, maybe in the majors. Who else is looking forward to him swinging out of his **** every pitch for at least 2 rounds? However, this isn't the same homerun hitter we have seen in the past, and that is probably as far as he goes. A second round exit
Magglio Ordonez - Detroit Tigers - Bats: Right - 13 Home Runs - The most complete hitter in the Derby, but I don't see him as enough of a power hitter to win. A first round exit
Albert Pujols - St. Louis Cardinals - Bats: Right - 16 Home Runs - Any other year and he would be the default pick. This year, however, he is mired in a long home run slump and I don't see him doing particular;y well this year. A first round exit