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MLB Home Run Leader Odds & Betting Lines


The MLB regular season gives hitters 162 games to showcase their batting talent throughout the year. Hitters from the 30 teams in the two leagues of MLB have their chance at becoming the MLB home run leader in those 162 games that are to be played.

Throughout the MLB regular season, the hitter will have their chance at the home run leader in the two, three, or four-game series throughout the regular season.

There are two series rounds in any given week, starting with game one on a Monday or Tuesday, with Thursday or Friday marking the start of all the weekend series. 

Throughout the history of MLB, there have been many players that have been home run leaders.

Those players are forever etched in the history of baseball and are beloved by fans who have watched them play and fans who have read about their feats.

Some of these MLB home run leaders have broken records in the quest to be the home run leader.

Here is a look at some of the MLB home run leaders in the past 30 years and how many home runs they hit during the season:


  • Juan González 43 (1992)
  • Juan Gonzalez and Barry Bond 46 (1993)
  • Matt Williams 43 (1994)
  • Albert Belle 50 (1995)
  • Mark McGwire 52 (1996)
  • Ken Griffey Jr. 56 (1998)
  • Mark McGwire 70 (1999)
  • Sammy Sosa 50 (2000)
  • Barry Bonds 73 (2001)
  • Alex Rodriguez 57 (2002)
  • Alex Rodriguez and Jim Thome 47 (2003)
  • Adrian Beltre 48 (2004)
  • Andruw Jones 51 (2005)
  • Ryan Howard 58 (2006)
  • Alex Rodriguez 54 (2007) 
  • Ryan Howard  48 (2008)
  • Albert Pujols 47 (2009)
  • Jose Bautista 54 (2010)
  • Jose Bautista 43 (2011)
  • Miguel Cabrera 44 (2012)
  • Chris Davis 53 (2013)
  • Nelson Cruz 40 (2014)
  • Chris Davis 47 (2015)
  • Mark Trumbo 47 (2016)
  • Giancarlo Stanton 59 (2017)
  • Khris Davis 48 (2018)
  • Pete Alonso 53 (2019)
  • Luke Volt 22 (2020)
  • Vladimir Guerrero Jr.and Salvador Perez 48 (2021)

While playing baseball, players like Mark McGwire and Barry Bonds have broken single-season home run records.

The record of 73 home runs in a single season by Barry Bonds in 2001 has yet to be passed.

That makes what Bonds has done in MLB historical, forever putting him in the history books as the man with the most home runs in an MLB season.

Rivalry Games

Some of the most exciting games are rivalry games that happen throughout the regular season. 

Rivalry games offer a chance to see some heated battles between pitchers and hitters.

In these games, pitchers will be doing everything they can to strike out the opposing player, while the hitters will be swinging for the fences in hopes of getting a home run.

The rivalry between the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox is one of the most well-known rivalries in baseball. There were times when both teams were known for hitting home runs.

The home runs fans saw in those games would leave them in shock and awe, especially those that made it over the Big Green Monster at Fenway Field.

That makes rivalry games like that essential and exciting in the race for MLB home run leader.

BetUS Offers

BetUS offers all the players in the running for MLB home run leader throughout the MLB season for gamblers to wager their money on. BetUS offers a one-time deposit bonus for new customers.

BetUS offers a one-time re-up bonus for current customers who use cryptocurrency to deposit into their accounts. BetUS accepts these four cryptocurrencies for deposit: Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, and Litecoin. So whether you want to use cryptocurrency or cash, BetUS has you covered.

How to Bet on MLB Home Run Leader

When looking over the history of the MLB home run leader list, you see some players that are well known and a few that some might not know.

So the strategy will depend on a little bit of history with players and studying their opponents throughout the MLB season before you place your bet on MLB home run leader.

There will be two different strategies you can use, one for betting before the season starts and one for betting while the season is in play.

Before the season starts, the MLB odds on players will have the highest return for gamblers and the highest risk. As the season draws to a close, the MLB odds for the current leader for home runs will have the worst odds.

Placing a wager near the end of the season may not pay out very well but also incurs less risk.

The gamblers looking at placing a wager on the MLB home leader before the season starts might be able to hedge their MLB bet. Hedging a bet means you would be placing multiple bets on players.

There would need to be substantial plus odds for the players involved for this to work. A hedge means you are looking for one of the multiple bets to win, while the winning bet covers all the losing bets.

While doing this can pay off, it is also extremely risky, as you could lose all the bets. However, looking deeply into the players and teams they will face can help some with the hedge. For those looking to bet on one player, here are some tips:

  • Has the player ever been a home run leader in the past?
  • Has the player shown progress with hitting more home runs each season?
  • What is the player’s history against the potential pitchers he might face?
  • Is the player at risk of being traded?
  • Is the player a lead-off hitter or a clean-up hitter?
  • Does the player have any prior injuries that he might re-aggravate?
  • Does the play usually play all 162 games, or does he miss games?


These simple tips can help with making a bet on MLB home run leaders early in the MLB season. But there are other things to look at when it comes to making a bet on MLB home run leader later in the season.

Here are some additional tips for those looking to wager money later in the season on the home run leader:

  • What are the remaining teams the player will be facing in the season?
  • Have pitchers been walking the player as of late?
  • How far are the favorite underdogs apart in the MLB home run leader race?
  • Is the player in the lead close to breaking the single-season record for most home runs?
  • Are the other players on the team a threat to each base?

While some of those things might seem odd to think about or look into, they aren’t. Players around a leader in the home run race can determine if he will see good pitches.

If he has a good team around him, they might pitch to him because they would get hurt just as badly by the other players.

That is why it becomes essential to look at all the people involved with the team and not just one person.

Looking at how pitchers are pitching to the people in the race for the home run leader is essential as well because it will tell if they have a chance of getting more home runs or not.

Players can’t hit a home run if they are always getting walked by a pitcher in a game. X-factors like this can determine the actual chances of a player in the race for MLB home run leader.

When you look over all these things, you might find a hole in the MLB odds that you can take advantage of and turn it into a winning wager

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MLB Home Run Leader Faqs

BetUS is a good option because they have all the players available for the MLB home run leader to place a wager on with your money. They also allow for the use of cryptocurrency to place a bet.
On the sportsbook part of the BetUS site, click on BASEBALL. Scroll down to the MLB HOME RUN LEADER and click on that. You will then see all the players available to wager money on for the MLB home run leader. You can then click on the MLB odds from the player you want to stake money on to make your wager.
Yes! Like any other type of sports betting, betting on the MLB home run leader has strategies that gamblers can employ. These strategies can help you find an edge in the MLB odds and potentially get you a winning wager
MLB odds on MLB home run leader work the same as moneyline odds on a single-game wager. Oddsmakers will assign those odds to each player based on their chances to win the MLB home run leader title. When looking at the odds numbers, you will see either a plus or minus sign. Players with plus odds are the underdog, while players with negative odds are the favorite. All players will have plus odds at the beginning of the season, but favorite players will start having negative odds as the season nears the end.

When looking at how the payout works, you will get the amount shown for every $100 bet with plus odds, so +300 will get you $300 on a $100 stake. Negative odds show how much you have to wager to win $100, so -500 odds mean you need to wager $500 to win $100.

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Rolling If Bets are:
  • only allowed on straight bets, Parlays and Teasers.
  • not available with Free Plays or Futures and Props
  • only available if you have pre existing, non graded wagers
  • you can only use the funds from the amount of the pre existing wager
How to Place a Rolling If Bet:
  • Choose any straight, parlay or teaser and Place it on the Bet Slip
  • Click on the Rolling If Bet button next to the wager detail
  • In the RIF dropdown, choose a wager that you want to use for RIF
  • Click on "If Win Only" or "If Win or Push" (explained above)
  • Fill in the amount and confirm your wager (the system will not allow you a higher amount than what is available)