The Home Run Derby is scheduled for tonight in Los Angeles, California and will feature some favorable weather conditions for the baseballs to travel. The contest begins at 8pm ET and usually lasts for a couple of hours and temperatures should hold in the 80’s for most, if not all, of the derby. The Home Run Forecast Index (HRFI) will be in the high category as an 8 out of 10 suggestive of favorable conditions to the ball to carry. Temperatures are generally pretty close-to-normal today in the LA metro region and, in the middle of July, that is a usually a favorable condition for baseballs to carry a good distance.
The hottest weather in recent days relative-to-normal has been confined to the central and southern states, but an incursion of the high heat and humidity will push to the northeast at mid-week bringing the worst stretch of heat and humidity later this week to the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast US. The winner of the last two HR Derby’s has been Pete Alonso of the New York Mets and he will face stiff competition tonight including the current NL leader in Home Runs, Kyle Schwarber of the Phillies. Schwarber’s longest home of the season was on April 28th in Colorado…a whopping 468 feet. The weather should be pretty decent for the All-Star Game on Tuesday night although winds may be quite brisk at times.
Meteorologist Paul Dorian