Updated MLB Future Odds for Division Titles & Home Run Champ

By: Matty Simo | Monday, July 14, 2014

While two-time champion Yoenis Cespedes, Jose Bautista, Giancarlo Stanton and Todd Frazier were busy putting on a show in Monday's MLB Home Run Derby, there were a couple big names missing from the annual competition held the day before the All-Star Game. The top two home-run hitters in baseball were absent, as Jose Abreu of the Chicago White Sox and Nelson Cruz of the Baltimore Orioles enjoyed the night off. Cespedes likely did not mind, as he beat Frazier in the finals to win back-to-back titles.

But looking at preseason betting odds to win the Home Run Title from the LVH SuperBook in Las Vegas probably made bettors think Abreu and Cruz would not have had much of a chance to participate anyway if they wanted to. That's because Abreu, the 27-year-old Cuban rookie who signed a 6-year contract worth $68 million before the season, was a 100/1 longshot before hitting an MLB-leading 29 homers with 73 RBIs prior to the All-Star Break to make him the -160 favorite entering the second half.

Cruz also had a lot of doubters coming off a 50-game suspension for PED usage while he was with the Texas Rangers. He inked a 1-year deal worth $8 million with the Orioles this past offseason and has hit 28 homers so far in 2014 to go along with 74 RBIs.  

Both Cruz and Abreu will be members of the American League squad though when they square off against the National League All-Stars in a Pick'em matchup on Tuesday night at Target Field in Minneapolis. First pitch is scheduled for 5:15 p.m. (PT), with St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright getting the starting nod for the NL against Seattle Mariners ace Felix Hernandez and the AL.

Click here to check the latest MLB All-Star Game odds from sportsbooks.

New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter will play in his 14th MLB All-Star Game and try to help the AL earn home-field advantage in the World Series in what will be his final appearance before his retires following this season. Whether his Yankees make it to the postseason in his last year remains to be seen after missing out last season for the first time since 2008. New York opened at 12/5 to win the AL East behind the Boston Red Sox (7/4) and Tampa Bay Rays (7/4), but the Bronx Bombers are now 3/1 to capture the division crown, with only the Toronto Blue Jays (12/5) and Orioles (11/10) ahead of them.

The AL East has definitely been the most surprising division this year, as the others have pretty much held up to form thus far based on opening odds. In fact, the other five divisions all currently see the preseason favorites as chalk the rest of the way, including the Washington Nationals (EVEN money opener to 5/9 current) in the NL East, St. Louis Cardinals (10/17 to 11/10) in the NL Central, Los Angeles Dodgers (1/3 to 2/5) in the NL West, Detroit Tigers (1/3 to 1/7) in the AL Central and Oakland Athletics (8/5 to 2/3) in the AL West. The A's, Dodgers and Tigers are 9/2 co-favorites to win the World Series.

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