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Vegas gives Royals 18-1 odds of winning World Series in 2015

The team rushed the field and surrounded Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar (2) as he pumped his fist in celebration of claiming a berth in the World Series on Oct. 15, 2014, at Kauffman Stadium after the Royals beat the Orioles 2-1.
The team rushed the field and surrounded Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar (2) as he pumped his fist in celebration of claiming a berth in the World Series on Oct. 15, 2014, at Kauffman Stadium after the Royals beat the Orioles 2-1. The Kansas City Star

Las Vegas oddsmakers don’t seem very impressed by the Royals’ offseason moves.

After coming up just short of a World Series title in 2014, the Royals, at 18-1, are given only the sixth-best odds of winning it all in 2015 among American League teams — behind the two teams they swept in the playoffs last year and two teams that didn’t make it to the postseason, plus AL Central champ Detroit. The Royals have the 10th-best odds overall of taking the title.

The Royals added outfielder Alex Rios, designated hitter Kendrys Morales and starting pitchers Edinson Volquez and Chris Medlen among other off-season moves.

The Washington Nationals’ odds of winning the championship moved from 6-1 to 4-1 after the team signed former Cy Young winner (and Missouri Tiger) Max Scherzer, giving the Nationals the best odds of winning the World Series.

The most unlikely to win the 2015 Fall Classic? Philadelphia at 250-1.

TEAM

CURRENT

OPENING

Washington

4-1

6-1

Los Angeles (AL)

6-1

6-1

Los Angeles (NL)

6-1

5-1

Boston

10-1

25-1

Detroit

12-1

7-1

Baltimore

15-1

12-1

Chicago (NL)

15-1

55-1

St. Louis

15-1

12-1

Seattle

15-1

18-1

Kansas City

18-1

14-1

Cleveland

20-1

20-1

New York (AL)

20-1

18-1

San Francisco

20-1

10-1

Toronto

20-1

30-1

Atlanta

25-1

18-1

Chicago (AL)

25-1

65-1

Pittsburgh

25-1

18-1

San Diego

25-1

65-1

New York (NL)

30-1

45-1

Cincinnati

35-1

25-1

Miami

40-1

50-1

Milwaukee

40-1

25-1

Texas

40-1

40-1

Oakland

50-1

20-1

Tampa Bay

75-1

35-1

Colorado

125-1

150-1

Arizona

150-1

150-1

Minnesota

150-1

175-1

Houston

200-1

200-1

Philadelphia

250-1

120-1

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