The Kansas City Royals and the St. Louis Cardinals have the best records in baseball, so it’s no surprise that they are favored to win each respective pennant and meet in the World Series. Bovada currently has the Royals at 13/2 to win the Fall Classic. The Cards are 8/1.
The Cardinals have cooled off of late as they were 51-24 through their first 75 games. However, they won just seven of their 17 games since and have been somewhat of a middling team. Nonetheless, as we move towards the end of July, the Cards still have the best team ERA in baseball (2.66).
As for the Royals, they can almost put it in cruise control as they have a comfortable 5.5-game lead in the American League Central. Only the Minnesota Twins, the team that is currently second in the division, has a record above .500. Everyone else will likely be sellers at the trade deadline. The Royals’ +64 run differential is the second-best number in the AL, and they’ll be ready for another deep playoff run after last year’s journey to the World Series.
Behind the Royals and Cardinals are the Washington Nationals (8/1), Los Angeles Dodgers (17/2) and Pittsburgh Pirates (10/1).