Ryan Howard Is A 4-1 Favorite To Lead MLB In Home Runs In 2010

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While Albert Pujols of the St. Louis Cardinals captured the Major League Baseball home run crown in 2009 with 47 long balls, the MVP first basemen isn’t the favorite to repeat in 2010. Two other National League first sackers are at the top of the favorites list for this year’s home derby season long battle.
Favorites To Lead Majors in HR’s in 2010:

Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard is a 4/1 favorite to lead the majors in home runs this season. He led the majors in home runs in 2006 and 2008. Howard has clubbed at least 45 dingers in each of the last four years while averaging 50 homers per season during the stretch.

Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Prince Fielder is the next choice at 5/1. He led the NL with 50 home runs in 2007. Fielder was just one homer behind Pujols last season after clubbing 46 bombs. Pujols is at 7/1. He has hit more than 40 home runs on five different occasions in his career.
Other contenders:

A player who could eventually be the all-time MLB leader in home runs heads the list of other contenders. New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez (10/1) is looking to stay healthy in 2010 after missing 38 contests a year ago. He only needs 17 homers to become the sixth player in the history of the game to hit at least 600 career home runs. Rodriguez has hit at least 30 homers in each of the last 12 seasons. He has led the majors in home runs twice (2002, 2007) and shared the MLB home run title in 2003.

One of his teammates is next on the list at 12/1. New York first baseman Mark Teixeira tied for the American League home run crown last season with 39 long balls. He has hit at least 30 home runs in each of the last six campaigns. Teixeira hit a career-high 43 bombs with the Texas Rangers in 2005. Another NL first sacker is in the mix.

Adam Dunn (15/1) of the Washington Nationals has been one of the most consistent home run sluggers in the game over the last several seasons. While he has never led the league in homers, he has averaged over 40 homers per year since 2004. Dunn slugged a career-best 46 dingers for the Cincinnati Reds in 2004.

Tampa Bay Rays first baseman Carlos Pena is next at 20/1. He shared the AL home run title with Teixeira last year. After some ups and downs earlier in his career, Pena has averaged 39 homers per season since 2007.

2008 AL home run champ Miguel Cabrera is at 25/1. The Detroit Tigers first baseman has already hit over 200 homers in his career but is only 26 years of age heading into the start of the 2010 season.

Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers and Mark Reynolds of the Arizona Diamondbacks are among the group at 30/1. Braun has averaged 34 homers per year in his young career while Reynolds broke out to slug 44 homers in 2009.

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2010 MLB Odds To Lead Baseball in Home Runs:

Adam Dunn
+1800

Adam Hill
+10000

Adam Jones
+10000

Adam Lind
+7500

Adrian Gonzalez
+4000

Albert Pujols
+700

Alex Rodriguez
+1000

Alfonso Soriano
+6000

Andre Ethier
+10000

Aramis Ramirez
+10000

Billy Butler
+10000

Carlos Lee
+10000

Carlos Pena
+2000

Carlos Quentin
+4000

Chase Utley
+10000

Chris Davis
+5000

Colby Rasmus
+10000

Curtis Granderson
+10000

David Ortiz
+10000

David Wright
+10000

Derek Lee
+10000

Evan Longoria
+2500

Hanley Ramirez
+10000

Ian Kinsler
+10000

Jason Bay
+10000

Jay Bruce
+4000

Jayson Werth
+10000

Joe Mauer
+10000

Joey Votto
+6000

Justin Morneau
+7500

Justin Upton
+3500

Kendry Morales
+10000

Kevin Youkilis
+10000

Lance Berkman
+10000

Manny Ramirez
+10000

Mark Reynolds
+2000

Mark Teixeira
+1200

Matt Holliday
+10000

Matt Kemp
+10000

Miguel Cabrera
+2000

Nelson Cruz
+5000

Nick Swisher
+10000

Pablo Sandoval
+10000

Prince Fielder
+500

Raul Ibanez
+10000

Ryan Braun
+2000

Ryan Howard
+400

Ryan Zimmerman
+10000

Troy Tulowitzki
+10000

zx Field (Any Other Player)
+1000