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Royals are slight favorites to win World Series over Giants

Author: Kristy

 

Since opening as a 5/6 favorite (-120) the line has held pretty steady with the Kansas City Royals picked to defeat theSan Francisco Giants in the World Series, which begins Tuesday at 8:07 p.m. ET on FOX.

That figure comes from Bovada.lv, where the line has shifted ever so slightly to reflect the Royals as 20/23 favorites (-115) and the Giants narrow underdogs, roughly the same figures Pinnacle, 5Dimes and others are offering as of this writing on Monday.

So even if these “aren’t great World Series teams” as Rob Neyer writes, the squads are look pretty even, at least according to the oddsmakers.

The Royals as a favorite perpetuates one trend — the American League champion has been the favorite each one of the past six seasons. Consider for historical perspective how that’s worked out (winner bolded):

2009 WORLD SERIES – SERIES ODDS
New York Yankees -210 (10/21)
Philadelphia Phillies +175 (7/4)

2010 WORLD SERIES – SERIES ODDS
Texas Rangers -135 (20/27)
San Francisco Giants +115 (23/20)

2011 WORLD SERIES – SERIES ODDS
Texas Rangers -155 (20/31)
St. Louis Cardinals +125 (5/4)

2012 WORLD SERIES – SERIES ODDS
Detroit Tigers -175 (4/7)
San Francisco Giants +155 (31/20)

2013 WORLD SERIES – SERIES ODDS
St. Louis Cardinals +120 (6/5)
Boston Red Sox -140 (5/7)

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