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MLB: Opening Odds and Favorites to Win the 2015 World Series

TEAM 2015 WORLD SERIES ODDS 2014 RECORD 2014 FINISH 2014 PLAYOFFS
Washington Nationals 5-1 96-66 1st NL East Lost to Giants in NLDS 3-1
Los Angeles Dodgers 8-1 94-68 1st NL West Lost to Cardinals in NLDS 3-1
Los Angeles Angels 12-1 98-64 1st AL West Lost to Royals in ALDS 3-0
St. Louis Cardinals 13-1 90-72 1st NL Central Lost to Giants in NLCS 4-1
Boston Red Sox 14-1 71-91 Last AL East
Chicago Cubs 14-1 73-89 Last NL Central
Seattle Mariners 15-1 87-75 3rd AL West
San Francisco Giants 16-1 88-74 2nd NL West Won WS over Royals 4-3
Chicago White Sox 18-1 73-89 4th NL Central
San Diego Padres 20-1 77-85 3rd NL West
Detroit Tigers 22-1 90-72 1st AL Central Lost to Orioles in ALDS 3-0
Cleveland Indians 25-1 85-77 3rd AL Central
Pittsburgh Pirates 25-1 88-74 2nd NL Central Lost to Giants in NLWC 1-0
New York Mets 28-1 79-83 T2nd NL East
New York Yankees 28-1 84-78 2nd AL East
Toronto Blue Jays 28-1 83-79 3rd AL East
Baltimore Orioles 30-1 96-66 1st AL East Lost to Royals in ALCS 4-0
Kansas City Royals 35-1 89-73 2nd AL Central Lost WS to Giants 4-3
Miami Marlins 38-1 77-85 4th NL East
Oakland Athletics 40-1 88-74 2nd AL West Lost to Royals in ALWC 1-0
Tampa Bay Rays 45-1 77-85 4th AL East
Texas Rangers 45-1 67-95 Last AL West
Houston Astros 60-1 70-92 4th AL West
Cincinnati Reds 70-1 76-86 4th NL Central
Milwaukee Brewers 70-1 82-80 3rd NL Central
Atlanta Braves 100-1 79-83 T2nd NL East
Minnesota Twins 120-1 70-92 Last AL Central
Arizona Diamondbacks 125-1 64-98 Last NL West
Colorado Rockies 125-1 66-96 4th NL West
Philadelphia Phillies 275-1 73-89 Last NL East
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Baltimore Orioles, Kansas City Royals and the Longest Current World Series Title Droughts

The 1908 World Champion Chicago Cubs

The 1908 World Champion Chicago Cubs

And you thought the Kansas City Royals were bad. The Baltimore Orioles are even worse! And the Washington Nationals are worse than that, sort of.

With all the talk about the Royals finally making the postseason after a looong 28 years, you’d think it was the only team getting over a huge hump. Not even close.

The hapless Orioles have made the playoffs four times during that period (including 2014), but they’ve been waiting for a ring even longer than KC.

And the Nationals? Don’t get me started. Since moving to Washington, the Nats franchise has made the postseason twice (again, including this season) in 10 years. But, if you include the Montreal Expos, that’s just three playoff appearances in 46 years – and no title either. Top that.

Well, it’s hard to match those postseason numbers, but there are four other teams that have waited even longer for a championship than the Montreal-Washington franchise.

Two have never hoisted the Commissioner’s Trophy at all, both out of Texas. The Texas Rangers (1961, as the second iteration of the Washington Senators) and Houston Astros (1962, as the Colt .45’s) have never won the World Series.

The Cleveland Indians have been around since the National and American Leagues “unified” into Major League Baseball (1901, as the Cleveland Blues) and have two titles to their credit (1920 and 1948). But that last one, was their last one. It’s been 66 years.

Of course, though, no team in American sports can touch the accursed Chicago Cubs. There’s hardly a person alive that saw them win it all. It’s been over a century – 106 years, man!

You have to hand it to Cubs fans. Loyal, fervent bunch. Some of the best fans in baseball.

By the way, the Detroit Tigers haven’t won in longer than the Royals, either. And the Los Angeles Dodgers have been waiting a quarter-century, themselves.

TEAM YEARS SINCE LAST WORLD SERIES TITLE LAST TITLE FRANCHISE NOTES
1. Chicago Cubs 106 1908  
2. Cleveland Indians 66 1948  
3. Texas Rangers 54 None Includes Washington Senators II
4. Houston Astros 53 None Includes Houston Colt .45’s
5.* Washington Nationals 46* None Includes Montreal Expos
5. Milwaukee Brewers 46 None Includes Seattle Pilots
5. San Diego Padres 46 None  
8. Seattle Mariners 38 None  
9. Pittsburgh Pirates 35 1979  
10.* Baltimore Orioles 30* 1983  
11.* Detroit Tigers 29* 1984  
12.* Kansas City Royals 28* 1985  
12. New York Mets 28 1986  
14.* Los Angeles Dodgers 25* 1988  
14. Oakland Athletics 25 1989  
16. Cincinnati Reds 24 1990  
17. Minnesota Twins 23 1991  
18. Colorado Rockies 22 None  
19. Toronto Blue Jays 21 1993  
20. Atlanta Braves 19 1995  
21. Tampa Bay Rays 17 None Includes Tampa Bay Devil Rays
22. Arizona Diamondbacks 13 2001  
23.* Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 11* 2002  
23. Miami Marlins 11 2003 Includes Florida Marlins
25. Chicago White Sox 9 2005  
26. Philadelphia Phillies 6 2008  
27. New York Yankees 5 2009  
28.* St. Louis Cardinals 2* 2011  
29.* San Francisco Giants 1* 2012  
29. Boston Red Sox 1 2013  

* As of the date of this post, these teams are still alive in the postseason, so I have not added 2014 to their drought numbers (yet).

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MLB: Odds to Win the 2014 World Series (Preseason vs. Postseason)

The Los Angeles Dodgers, Washington Nationals And Los Angeles Angels Have An Equal Shot At Winning The 2014 World Series, According To The Season-Ending Odds

The Los Angeles Dodgers, Washington Nationals And Los Angeles Angels Have An Equal Shot At Winning The 2014 World Series, According To The Season-Ending Odds

It seems like almost yesterday when Sports List of the Day and baseball fans everywhere were getting geared up for the 2014 season. Now it’s over, Derek Jeter and all.

Well, the regular season is.

It’s time to gear up for the playoffs. But first, let’s take a quick look back to March 30th, six months ago, when the season’s opening odds to win the World Series hit Vegas, and were rundown here.

I’ve reposted those odds below, along with the 10 playoff teams’ odds of going all the way.

How do they compare?

Favorably, as far as the Los Angeles Dodgers are concerned. The Dodgers were the favorites going into 2014 and they are the favorites heading into the postseason (along with the Washington Nationals and Los Angeles Angels).

Four of the five preseason favorites made the playoffs, including the Dodgers, Nationals, Detroit Tigers and St. Louis Cardinals. The New York Yankees fell short.

Way off base was the 15-1 call on the reigning champion Boston Red Sox, who wound up finishing 20 games under .500 and in dead last.

Longshots? Those Baltimore Orioles were 40-1, but now are looking much better at 6-1. The Kansas City Royals were even longer at 50-1.

Enjoy the postseason!

TEAM PRESEASON ODDS POSTSEASON ODDS TO WIN 2014 WORLD SERIES 2014 RECORD 2014 FINISH
Los Angeles Dodgers 11-2 9-2 (1) 94-68 1st NL West
Detroit Tigers 8-1 6-1 (2) 90-72 1st AL Central
St. Louis Cardinals 9-1 7-1 (3) 90-72 1st NL Central
Washington Nationals 12-1 9-2 (1) 96-66 1st NL East
New York Yankees 12-1   84-78 2nd AL East
Boston Red Sox 15-1   71-91 Last AL East
Tampa Bay Rays 15-1   77-85 4th AL East
Atlanta Braves 18-1   79-83 T2nd NL East
Los Angeles Angels 18-1 9-2 (1) 98-64 1st AL West
Oakland Athletics 18-1 10-1 (4) 88-74 2nd AL West
Texas Rangers 18-1   67-95 Last AL West
San Francisco Giants 20-1 14-1 (5) 88-74 2nd NL West
Cincinnati Reds 30-1   76-86 4th NL Central
Pittsburgh Pirates 30-1 14-1 (5) 88-74 2nd NL Central
Baltimore Orioles 40-1 6-1 (2) 96-66 1st AL East
Seattle Mariners 50-1   87-75 3rd AL West
Toronto Blue Jays 50-1   83-79 3rd AL East
Kansas City Royals 50-1 14-1 (5) 89-73 2nd AL Central
Chicago White Sox 50-1   73-39 4th AL Central
Cleveland Indians 50-1   85-77 3rd AL Central
Philadelphia Phillies 60-1   73-89 Last NL East
Arizona Diamondbacks 60-1   64-98 Last NL West
San Diego Padres 60-1   77-85 3rd NL West
Colorado Rockies 70-1   66-96 4th NL West
Milwaukee Brewers 70-1   82-80 3rd NL Central
New York Mets 100-1   79-83 T2nd NL East
Miami Marlins 125-1   77-85 4th NL East
Chicago Cubs 125-1   73-89 Last NL Central
Minnesota Twins 125-1   70-92 Last NL Central
Houston Astros 250-1   70-92 4th AL Central

Odds provided by vegasinsider.com and are for entertainment purposes only.

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