The Kansas City Royals have beat MLB odds all season long, and now they find themselves waiting to see who their opponent will be in the World Series. The Giants are -1000 to win the NL Pennant and the Cardinals are +600.
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Kansas City was embroiled all season long in a head-to-head battle with its Detroit Tigers rival, and the Royals eventually came up short in their race for an American League division title. They settled for one of the two league wild card berths.
The Royals’ dramatic Wild Card victory over the Oakland Athletics has set the pace for their postseason. For years the Royals have developed a solid young core of position players, and now the patience is paying off. Eric Hosmer has an impressive .448 batting average and Mike Moustakas has enjoyed four playoff home runs.
The Royals haven’t won a title since 1985. That was six years before starting pitcher Yordano Ventura was even born. Now they’re favored (-110) to win the World Series.
However, oddsmakers don’t seem overly confident in Kansas City, despite the Royals’ early ALCS victory. The San Francisco Giants are +110 to win the World Series even though there’s no guarantee they will even survive the NLCS.
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