MLB Odds: Royals Not Favored To Repeat As World Series Champions

Jake Walker

Saturday, December 26, 2015 5:59 PM GMT

The Royals are the defending World Series champions, and they've been the best team in the majors over the last two years, but their recent success hasn't impressed MLB odds makers as the offseason progresses.

Uphill Battle for Kansas City
After beating the Mets in five games to win the 2015 World Series, Bovada has given the Royals the 5th-best MLB odds to win the title next season (+1600). 

The Royals lost the 2014 World Series in seven games, and they had the best record in the American League this season. After losing the 2014 Fall Classic, six teams were given better World Series odds, but this year's offseason outlook is more understandable because Kansas City has already lost ace starter Johnny Cueto (Giants) and second baseman Ben Zobrist (Cubs) via free agency. Left fielder Alex Gordon will likely test the free agent market as well, unless Kansas City increases their offer to retain him. 

Recent history doesn't favor the Royals either, as the World Series champion has missed the postseason in three consecutive seasons, and the Giants finished eight games out of the playoff race while attempting to defend their title this year. No team has repeated as World Series champion in 15 years. The last time it happened was when the Yankees won in 2000.

 

Chances for Other Teams
The New York Mets have the fourth best 2016 World Series odds at +1400. The Mets made a surprising run to the World Series and nearly won the title, but they will lose Yoenis Cespedes and Daniel Murphy just signed with the Nationals. However, they will return one of the best starting rotation in the majors.

The Dodgers (+1600) easily won the NL West with a 92-70 record and Clayton Kershaw will be back, but Zack Greinke opted out of the final three years of his contract and signed with the Diamondbacks.

The Blue Jays are also at +1600. They were the best team in the American League in the second half of the season, and they were World Series favorites ahead of the postseason. The Blue Jays had the best offense in the majors, leading every other team by at least 127 runs scored, but they lost David Price in free agency (Red Sox).

The Yankees (+2500) made the postseason for the first time since 2012 but their appearance didn't last very long, as the Astros shut them out in the American League Wild Card game. Their offseason has been quiet so far. They addressed their hole at second base by trading for former Cub Starlin Castro but they need to add starting pitching if they want to be an intriguing MLB pick and compete with teams like the Red Sox, Royals, Blue Jays and Astros.

The Reds, Braves, Padres, Rockies and Phillies have the worst odds in baseball at +10000.

Below are the complete MLB odds for the 2016 World Series, courtesy of Bovada:

Chicago Cubs +500

San Francisco Giants +500

Boston Red Sox +800

New York Mets +1400

Kansas City Royals +1600

Los Angeles Dodgers +1600

Toronto Blue Jays +1600

St. Louis Cardinals +1800

Washington Nationals +1800

Houston Astros +1800

Pittsburgh Pirates +2000

Arizona Diamondbacks +2000

Texas Rangers +2200

New York Yankees +2500

Cleveland Indians +2800

Los Angeles Angels +2800

Detroit Tigers +2800

Chicago White Sox +3300

Seattle Mariners +4000

Baltimore Orioles +5000

Minnesota Twins +5000

Miami Marlins +6600

Tampa Bay Rays +7500

Milwaukee Brewers +7500

Oakland Athletics +7500

Cincinnati Reds +10000

San Diego Padres +10000

Atlanta Braves +10000

Colorado Rockies +10000

Philadelphia Phillies +10000