Wednesday March 18th, 2015

Miami Marlins rightfielder Giancarlo Stanton is favored to lead Major League Baseball in home runs this season, receiving 7/1 odds by Bovada sportsbook.

Stanton equaled his career high with 37 home runs last season, a National League high. Baltimore Orioles outfielder Nelson Cruz led all of baseball with 40. Cruz's odds to lead MLB in home runs again are currently at 33/1 on Bovada, 17th-highest in baseball.

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Rounding out the five best home run odds is Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Edwin Encarnacion (34 last season) and Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu (36) at 10/1, followed by Houston Astros designated hitter Chris Carter (37) and Los Angeles Angels centerfielder Mike Trout (36) at 12/1.

Other updated Bovada odds peg Seattle Mariners righthander Felix Hernandez as the AL Cy Young favorite at 13/5 odds and Los Angeles Dodgers lefthander Clayton Kershaw as the NL favorite at 1/1 odds. Hernandez went 15-6 last season, leading the American League with a 2.14 ERA and tying the MLB high with 34 starts. Kershaw won the NL Cy Young last year, leading MLB with a 1.77 ERA and six complete games, starting 27 games.

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Cleveland Indians right-hander won the AL Cy Young, tying the AL high with 18 wins and posting a 2.44 ERA in the MLB-high 34 starts.

- Mike Fiammetta

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