Juan Soto has dethroned two-time defending champion Pete Alonso in the 2022 Home Run Derby. The star New York Mets first baseman was going for his third straight Home Run Derby title. Seattle Mariners rookie Julio Rodriguez took down Alonso in the second round en route to a showdown with Soto, who is a major topic of conversation after the Nationals reportedly put him on the trade block.
Soto had to beat legendary St. Louis Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols in the semifinals. He took care of the veteran and then beat Rodriguez on a walk-off.
When is the 2022 Home Run Derby?
The Home Run Derby is Monday July 18 at 8 p.m. It will be aired live on ESPN and streamed on ESPN+ with a subscription or cable login.
Who's in the 2022 Home Run Derby bracket?
The bracket for the derby is arranged by the number of homers the sluggers have hit so far this season. So Alonso will go off as the No. 2 seed.
No.1 Kyle Schwarber, Philadelphia Phillies vs. No. 8 Albert Pujols, St. Louis Cardinals
No. 2 Pete Alonso, New York Mets vs. No. 7 Ronald Acuña Jr., Atlanta Braves
No. 3 Corey Seager, Texas Rangers vs. No. 6 Julio Rodriguez, Seattle Mariners
No. 4 Juan Soto, Washington Nationals vs. No. 5 José Ramirez, Cleveland Guardians
Home Run Derby format
In the first and second rounds each slugger has three minutes — two minutes in the final round — to hit as many home runs as possible with a 30 second overtime period that can be extended to a whole minute if they hit one more than 440 feet. Each player has a 45-second timeout in each round he can call for at any point. Any ties are settled by a one-minute swing-off.
Home Run Derby odds
BetMGM is offering the following odds for the derby:
Pete Alonso: +175
Kyle Schwarber: +325
Juan Soto: +500
Ronald Acuña Jr.: +700
Julio Rodriguez: +800
Corey Seager: +1000
José Ramirez: +1600
Albert Pujols: +2200
You can follow live updates here when the derby begins.