The Home Run Derby is officially here! Monday night, Nationals Park will host one of the most anticipated events of the All-Star Week, where the best sluggers in baseball will see how many dingers they can rack up as they face off against each other.
Everyone loves a good home-run show, so before the derby kicks off, here's what you need to know about it, from the start time to the TV channel to the lineup – which, of course, includes Bryce Harper in his second Home Run Derby with a slight home-field advantage.
Eight players have been seeded against each other, and despite the unusual lack of star power in this year's lineup — including missing Mike Trout, Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge — this should still be a good show.
There are seven players from the National League and just one from the American League, and the Nats' home-town hero could reasonably win. Harper is the only player participating this year who has previously played in a Home Run Derby, after finishing second in 2013 to Yoenis Cespedes.
So before the Derby starts, here's what you need to know.
HOW TO WATCH
What: 2018 MLB Home Run Derby
Where: Nationals Park, Washington, D.C.
Time: 8 p.m. ET
Stream online: Watch ESPN
LINEUP AND SEEDS ( *NL, #AL)
The seeding for this year's bracket was determined based on the number of home runs each player had accumulated by the end of last Tuesday's games, and any ties were broken by the number of total home runs dating back to June 15. Anyone whose home run total going into the derby is different from that at the deadline is noted.
1. Jesus Aguilar, Milwaukee Brewers*
Batting average: .298
2018 HRs: 24 (23 at deadline)
2. Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals*
Batting average: .214
2018 HRs: 23 (22 at deadline)
3. Max Muncy, Los Angeles Dodgers*
Batting average: .271
2018 HRs: 22 (21 at deadline)
4. Alex Bregman, Houston Astros#
Batting average: .288
2018 HRs: 20 (19 at deadline)
5. Kyle Schwarber, Chicago Cubs*
Batting average: .249
2018 HRs: 18 (17 at deadline)
6. Javier Baez, Chicago Cubs*
Batting average: .292
2018 HRs: 19 (17 at deadline)
7. Freddie Freeman, Atlanta Braves*
Batting average: .315
2018 HRs: 16
8. Rhys Hoskins, Philadelphia Phillies*
Batting average: .252
2018 HRs: 14
There are three rounds through the bracket with a single-elimination one-on-one format, with the lower seed batting first.
Each player will have four minutes per round, and each batter is allowed one 45-second timeout in the first round and semifinals, plus two timeouts in the final round of 45 seconds and 30 seconds. If a player hits a home run that equals or exceeds 440 feet, an additional 30 seconds will be added to the clock.
However, if the second batter passes the first batter's total, the round ends, and he will be declared the winner.
Should there be a tie, players will compete in a 60-second swing-off with no timeouts allowed. If that ends and there is still a tie, they will have three-swing swing-offs until there is a winner.
Per OddsShark.com, Mr. Bryce Harper has the best odds to win the 2018 MLB Home Run Derby, followed by Kyle Schwarder, Javier Baez and Jesus Aguilar. Here's the breakdown.
LAST YEAR'S RESULTS
New York Yankees' slugger Aaron Judge is the defending Home Run Derby champ, but he opted not to participate this year.
MORE ALL-STAR GAME NEWS