MLB trends: How Home Run Derby helped Juan Soto; Cody Bellinger's fastball problems
Fortunately, Nationals wunderkind Juan Soto is here to craft a new narrative. Soto bested Shohei Ohtani in a memorable two-tiebreaker first-round matchup in the Home Run Derby last week, and he hasn't stopped mashing taters since. In five games since the All-Star break, Soto has slugged five homers, with two two-homer games. He hit 11 homers in 79 games prior to the All-Star break.