Royals win World Series, despite 12 teams with better odds to start season


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Before the Royals captured their second World Series and first since
1985, they entered the season at 25-1 to win it all,  which doesn’t seem so bad, until you realize that
12 teams had better odds than the Royals to win the World Series.
So despite coming within a run of winning the 2014 World Series, no one really thought the Kansas City Royals would do it again at the beginning of 2015. But they did. Beating the Mets 7-2 in 12 innings to take Game 5 and the series 4-1.

The Nationals (5-1), Dodgers (6-1), Cardinals (8-1), Mariners (12-1), Angels (12-1), Red Sox (14-1), Orioles (16-1), Tigers (18-1), Indians (18-1), Athletics (20-1), Cubs (20-1) and Padres (20-1) all had better World Series odds than the Royals entering the season, according to the Westgate LV Superbook.

The trend hasn’t changed heading into 2016 either.

The Westgate LV Superbook released their odds for the 2016 World Series last week, opening the Royals at 18-1. Behind the Dodgers (8-1), Mets (10-1), Cubs (10-1), Nationals (10-1), Blue Jays (10-1), Cardinals (12-1), Rangers (12-1), Astros (12-1), Pirates (12-1) and the Yankees at (16-1). That’s 10 more teams.

Maybe things will change this week, but the Royals probably don’t care.

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