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Oddsmakers now say Royals are favorites to win the World Series

Kansas City Royals center fielder Jarrod Dyson celebrated with the ALCS trophy.
Kansas City Royals center fielder Jarrod Dyson celebrated with the ALCS trophy. jtoyoshiba@kcstar.com

Considering what’s happened over the last 12 months, this shouldn’t come as a surprise.

But the online gaming site Bovada on Friday listed the Royals as the favorites to win the World Series.

The Royals’ odds have improved to 6-1 and they have supplanted the St. Louis Cardinals and Washington Nationals as the favorites to win it all. Both are 8-1 favorites to win the World Series.

On July 1, the Royals’ odds were 8-1, which was behind both the Cardinals and Nationals, who were 7-1 favorites.

ESPN reported Thursday that the Royals were Las Vegas’ consensus favorite to win the World Series with 4-1 odds.

“We took some pretty heavy action on the Royals the first weekend of the season,” MGM vice president of race and sports Jay Rood told ESPN. “A gentleman bet them three times, at 18-1, 15-1 and 10-1, all the way down, between $25,000 and $30,000 a pop.”

I didn’t major (or minor) in math in college, but even I know that if the Royals win the World Series, that gentleman will have a huge payday.

Given that the Royals are the defending American League champs and have the best record in the league, it should be no surprise that the Royals are the favorites.

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