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Royals open as slight favorites to win the World Series

Underdogs no more.

Dilip Vishwanat

The oddsmakers (for entertainment use only!) over at Bovada have the Royals as a slight favorite heading into the Fall Classic over the San Francisco Giants. The Royals won one more game than the Giants did this year, and swept San Francisco in a three-game set in Kansas City back in August.


Kansas City Royals                   -120      (5/6)
San Francisco Giants                EVEN   (1/1)

That's a far cry from back on September 22, when the Royals were 16-1 long-shots to win the World Series, much less their February odds which had them as a 50-1 long-shot to win it all. Hope you saved that Futures Bet.

Of course, this may be the kiss of death. As USA Today points out, every favored team has lost in this post-season.

An interesting prop bet is whether the Royals can become the first team to go 12-0 in the post-season. The odds are 12/1 that the Royals can finish undefeated.

And who will be World Series MVP?

Odds to win the 2014 World Series MVP

Pablo Sandoval (SF)                 8/1
Buster Posey (SF)                     17/2
Lorenzo Cain (KC)                     9/1
Eric Hosmer (KC)                      10/1
Mike Moustakas (KC)                10/1
Alex Gordon (KC)                      12/1
Hunter Pence (SF)                     12/1
Madison Bumgarner (SF)           12/1
James Shields (KC)                   14/1
Alcides Escobar (KC)                15/1
Brandon Belt (SF)                      15/1
Jake Peavy (SF)                        15/1
Santiago Casilla (SF)                 15/1
Greg Holland (KC)                     15/1
Travis Ishikawa (SF)                   16/1
Billy Butler (KC)                         16/1
Joe Panik (SF)                          16/1
Norichika Aoki (KC)                   20/1
Yordano Ventura (KC)                25/1
Brandon Crawford (SF)              25/1

Ned Yost has been rolling snake-eyes for three weeks, let's hope it it keeps up for seven more games.