- Eric Karabell, ESPN.com Senior Writer
It might seem crazy to bet against Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera leading the majors in pretty much whatever he wants to, but when predicting the final home run leaders for 2013, based on what we know so far and what I think will happen, I'm going with Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Edwin Encarnacion. That's not exactly going out on some limb, not like projecting Freddy Galvis to bash 40 home runs, but it does mean I don't expect another Triple Crown this season.
Encarnacion accomplished much in terms of power last season, and while it appears he's off to a slow start in a few categories, I look at him as legit and about to really get going. The man who used to be known as E5 for his defensive, um, prowess is hitting enough home runs, drawing enough walks, hitting enough fly balls, and oh, that BABIP is awfully low, enough to believe the very best is yet to come.
This final week of May in the KaraBlog, I'll be predicting the final leaders in several fantasy categories, and Encarnacion is my choice to finish the 2013 season leading the big leagues in home runs. You might disagree, which is good and worthy of debate, but isn't it just so incredibly easy to pick the obvious guy? Hopefully, the names below will help you to evaluate potential trades or make you feel better about the players you own, or maybe it's just a fun venture with little consequence. Regardless, here are the 10 guys I predict to hit the most home runs for the entirety of 2013, and how many they will hit.