Matthew Manouli |  Fri 15/09/2017 - 10:00 EDT

MLB Home Run Derby: Giancarlo Stanton vs Aaron Judge

MLB Home Run Derby: Giancarlo Stanton vs Aaron Judge
When one of these guys steps up to the plate, watch out! Giancarlo Stanton's been on absolute fire this season and is projected to hit 60 HRs with less than a month left until the playoffs. Hot on his tail is rookie Aaron Judge, who's got more than enough power behind his swing to challenge him in future years.

Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge are currently the two biggest behemoths in baseball when it comes to the long ball. There’s no doubt the New York Yankees would have been severely disadvantaged without Judge at the plate. The Marlins would fare even worse without Stanton, because apart from Marcell Ozuna, they are lacking in the power hitting department. Apart from their values to their teams though, how do Judge and Stanton compare with one another, and ultimately who wins the home run race?

The Obvious Answer Is the Best Answer

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that yes, for the 2017 season, Stanton has the home run race locked up. He’s sitting at 54 home runs, and it seems that he’s been blasting a few ever since the season began. In fact, Stanton’s already hit twice as many HRs as he did last season and the season before. The 27-year-old is batting .279 with an OBP of .375 and SLG of .636. He’s batted in a stunning 113 runs this season and there’s still two weeks left. It’s clear he’s way past the home run derby.

His 54 home runs are indeed fascinating, and even if hits an unlikely slump, he’ll still have an incredible season joining the 50 home rub club along with some of the most famous… and infamous… players in history. Stanton is actually the first since Jose Bautista in 2010 to hit this many, and if he stays on pace for his projected 60, he’ll be the first since 2001 to hit that many. With a 6’6, 245lb frame, he’s got the raw power to be a force to be reckoned with.

It’s great to be a baseball fan these days. 

Looking at his past years, the Miami Marlin has had an incredibly consistent 8 year career up till this point. Injuries notwithstanding, the slugger has been trending upward for years. It wasn’t until June of this season though that he truly found his swing, and hasn’t looked back.

Well, he does kind of look back… at the pitcher that is when he’s in the box. His close footed and more wound up stance is what allows him to get those big swings, and it’s clearly helped from mid-June onwards, eclipsing his still great production from earlier in the season. 

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Aaron Judge Still Not There

It’s true. The rookie has had an amazing season. He’s produced more home runs than Stanton has in his previous seven years in the majors. Judge has the same kind of build as Stanton, but at 6’7 and 282lbs, he might hold a slight advantage if he can control his muscle mass and use it to form a better swinging technique. That’s not to take away from his current season, and it’s clear that the homers will continue to come for Judge. The All-Star already has 41 home runs, good for second in the league, but it’s still leagues behind Stanton.

Judge has less plate appearances than Stanton, but even with similar numbers, Stanton would still be ahead. Putting homers aside, Judge falters in the strikeout department, accumulating an unbelievable 193 to Stanton’s 147. Pitchers are scared of him though, and it shows in his walk total, where he has 110. Stanton just has 77. On his team, he’s played a heavy role, but the Fish have arguably needed Giancarlo more than the Yanks have needed Judge.

He’s recently been in a slump, but New York had enough depth to play around that and stay in the race. Without Stanton, Miami would have been out with the fishes long ago. 

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Wednesday 20 September
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Is there even a race?

Let’s face it. At this point in the season, Stanton is supreme. On pace for 60 home runs, he could actually break Roger Maris’ record of 61 in a season made back in 1961.

Even Maris’ family is rooting for him to break through. There have been hitters who have hit over 61 homers in a season, but are usually discounted because they took place during the Steroid Era, highlighted by Sammy Sosa, Mark McGwire, and Barry Bonds.

So no, there’s no race between Stanton and Judge this season. Stanton is racing against Maris at this point, and after Judge’s slump, his race is now with Khris Davis and J.D. Martinez. Sure all should rise for the honorable Yankee, and maybe in a few years Stanton will have to, but for now, the Marlins phenom doesn’t need to stand.

Is Aaron Judge a better slugger than Giancarlo Stanton, given their different introductions into the league? If you liked this article, let us know what you think in the comment section below and be sure to share! If you like either the Yankees or Marlins in their upcoing series, head on down to Sports Interaction and bet with some of the best odds in the business!

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Away Score Home Money Line
Monday 18 September
FT Minnesota Twins 1 - 2 New York Yankees +147 -154 Odds
FT Milwaukee Brewers 3 - 0 Pittsburgh Pirates -102 -106 Odds
AEI Boston Red Sox 10 - 8 Baltimore Orioles +114 -123 Odds
FT Los Angeles Dodgers 3 - 4 Phillies -313 +290 Odds
FT New York Mets 1 - 13 Miami Marlins +148 -149 Odds
FT Oakland Athletics 8 - 3 Detroit Tigers -109 +104 Odds
FT Diamondbacks 2 - 4 San Diego Padres -135 +134 Odds
Tuesday 19 September
AEI Boston Red Sox 1 - 0 Baltimore Orioles -101 -108 Odds
FT Minnesota Twins 2 - 5 New York Yankees +153 -149 Odds
FT Milwaukee Brewers 1 - 0 Pittsburgh Pirates -103 -106 Odds
FT Los Angeles Dodgers 2 - 6 Phillies -154 +150 Odds
FT Kansas City Royals 2 - 5 Toronto Blue Jays +165 -172 Odds
FT Chicago Cubs 2 - 1 Tampa Bay Rays +117 -123 Odds
AEI New York Mets 4 - 5 Miami Marlins +118 -127 Odds
AEI St. Louis Cardinals 8 - 7 Cincinnati Reds -106 -101 Odds
FT Oakland Athletics 9 - 8 Detroit Tigers -123 +116 Odds
FT Montreal Expos 4 - 2 Atlanta Braves -196 +185 Odds
FT Chicago White Sox 1 - 3 Houston Astros +240 -256 Odds
FT Cleveland Indians 6 - 3 Los Angeles Angels -106 -103 Odds
FT Texas Rangers 3 - 1 Seattle Mariners +131 -141 Odds
FT Diamondbacks 2 - 6 San Diego Padres -179 +170 Odds
FT Colorado Rockies 3 - 4 Giants -108 +105 Odds
Wednesday 20 September
FT Minnesota Twins 3 - 11 New York Yankees +265 -227 Odds
FT New York Mets 2 - 9 Miami Marlins +147 -154 Odds
FT Oakland Athletics 3 - 2 Detroit Tigers -108 -102 Odds
FT Colorado Rockies 0 - 4 Giants -120 +110 Odds
FT Milwaukee Brewers 4 - 6 Pittsburgh Pirates -119 +113 Odds
FT Boston Red Sox 9 - 0 Baltimore Orioles -227 +220 Odds
FT Los Angeles Dodgers 5 - 7 Phillies -250 +245 Odds
FT Kansas City Royals 15 - 5 Toronto Blue Jays +108 -118 Odds
FT Chicago Cubs 1 - 8 Tampa Bay Rays -118 +111 Odds
FT St. Louis Cardinals 9 - 2 Cincinnati Reds -182 +177 Odds
FT Montreal Expos 7 - 3 Atlanta Braves -152 +145 Odds
FT Chicago White Sox 3 - 4 Houston Astros +320 -357 Odds
FT Diamondbacks 13 - 7 San Diego Padres -149 +153 Odds
FT Cleveland Indians 6 - 5 Los Angeles Angels -114 +108 Odds
FT Texas Rangers 8 - 6 Seattle Mariners +140 -147 Odds
Thursday 21 September
Los Angeles Dodgers 13:05 Phillies
Cleveland Indians 16:07 Los Angeles Angels -137 +133 Odds
Tampa Bay Rays 19:05 Baltimore Orioles +113 -116 Odds
Kansas City Royals 19:07 Toronto Blue Jays +146 -152 Odds
St. Louis Cardinals 19:10 Cincinnati Reds -147 +142 Odds
Minnesota Twins 19:10 Detroit Tigers -130 +125 Odds
Montreal Expos 19:35 Atlanta Braves -130 +125 Odds
Chicago Cubs 20:10 Milwaukee Brewers -130 +125 Odds
Chicago White Sox 20:10 Houston Astros +295 -313 Odds
Texas Rangers 22:10 Seattle Mariners +146 -152 Odds
Colorado Rockies 22:10 San Diego Padres -123 +119 Odds
Friday 22 September
Tampa Bay Rays 19:05 Baltimore Orioles
St. Louis Cardinals 19:05 Pittsburgh Pirates
New York Yankees 19:07 Toronto Blue Jays
Minnesota Twins 19:10 Detroit Tigers
Montreal Expos 19:10 New York Mets
Boston Red Sox 19:10 Cincinnati Reds
Phillies 19:35 Atlanta Braves
Chicago Cubs 19:35 Milwaukee Brewers
Kansas City Royals 20:10 Chicago White Sox
Los Angeles Angels 20:10 Houston Astros
Miami Marlins 21:40 Diamondbacks
Texas Rangers 22:05 Oakland Athletics
Cleveland Indians 22:10 Seattle Mariners
Giants 22:10 Los Angeles Dodgers
Colorado Rockies 22:10 San Diego Padres
Saturday 23 September
Los Angeles Angels 13:05 Houston Astros
Chicago Cubs 13:05 Milwaukee Brewers
New York Yankees 16:07 Toronto Blue Jays
Boston Red Sox 16:10 Cincinnati Reds
Cleveland Indians 16:10 Seattle Mariners
Minnesota Twins 18:10 Detroit Tigers
St. Louis Cardinals 19:05 Pittsburgh Pirates
Tampa Bay Rays 19:05 Baltimore Orioles
Phillies 19:10 Atlanta Braves
Kansas City Royals 19:10 Chicago White Sox
Montreal Expos 19:10 New York Mets
Miami Marlins 20:10 Diamondbacks
Colorado Rockies 20:40 San Diego Padres
Texas Rangers 21:05 Oakland Athletics
Giants 21:10 Los Angeles Dodgers
Sunday 24 September
Minnesota Twins 12:10 Detroit Tigers
New York Yankees 13:07 Toronto Blue Jays
Montreal Expos 13:10 New York Mets
Boston Red Sox 13:10 Cincinnati Reds
Tampa Bay Rays 13:35 Baltimore Orioles
St. Louis Cardinals 13:35 Pittsburgh Pirates
Phillies 13:35 Atlanta Braves
Kansas City Royals 14:10 Chicago White Sox
Chicago Cubs 14:10 Milwaukee Brewers
Texas Rangers 16:05 Oakland Athletics
Cleveland Indians 16:10 Seattle Mariners
Giants 16:10 Los Angeles Dodgers
Miami Marlins 16:10 Diamondbacks
Colorado Rockies 16:40 San Diego Padres
Los Angeles Angels 20:05 Houston Astros

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