With just over three weeks left in the MLB regular season, it’s time for sportsbooks to ramp up their MLB player props.
There’s no triple crown hopefuls this year, but barring a ridiculous late season batting slump, for all intents and purposes Red Sox slugger Adrian Gonzales should have the batting title locked up. Gonzales is batting a sparkling .339 thus far and the closest player to him is the Detroit Tigers hitting machine, and drinking and carrying on slugger, Miguel Cabrera, who is batting .328.
The most interesting individual race is still the homerun race.
Jose Bautista of the Toronto Bluejays leads the majors with 40 homeruns on the season after exploding onto the scene with a 54 homerun outburst last season. Will he get to 50? A better question is whether Bautista will even be crowned the homerun champ.
Right behind Bautista, Yankees sluggers Curtis Granderson and Mark Teixeira are within striking distance at 38 and 36 homeruns respectively. After an uncharacteristically slow start to the season, Albert Pujols has found his usual stroke and with 34 homeruns, he’s capable of catching fire and really making things interesting.
As far as thieves go, it doesn’t look like anyone is going to catch Michael Bourn already with 49 stolen base in the National League, while Brett Gardner and Coco Crisp battle it out in the American league at 42, and 39 stolen bases respectively.