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Unlike last year, the Kansas City Royals are favored in the 2015 World Series betting matchup as they face the New York Mets starting on Tuesday night.
Kansas City has home-field advantage against the Mets for the best-of-seven MLB championship. That includes playing the first two games at Kauffman Stadium, where the Royals are 5-1 in the playoffs.
The Royals are listed as a -120 moneyline favorite for the series at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com, with the starting pitching-rich Mets pegged as a slight underdog at even money, or +100, on those odds.
The teams have scarce mutual history. Mets starters Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard and Steven Matz were in the minors when the teams last played an interleague series in 2013.
Along with the benefit of World Series experience, the Royals have belied their small-ball reputation by hitting .271/.328/.449 (batting average, on-base and slugging percentage) with 15 homers in 11 postseason games. They have shown that their World Series champion odds on August 1, +400, were more accurate than their +1200 Opening Day odds.
Kansas City’s fielding, particularly shortstop Alcides Escobar and third baseman Mike Moustakas, is reliable at nearly every position, save for outfielder Alex Rios. That means starting pitchers Yordano Ventura, Johnny Cueto, Edinson Volquez and Chris Young do not have to be strikeout-reliant.
Kansas City manager Ned Yost also has a deep bullpen with relievers Luke Hochevar, Danny Duffy, Kelvin Herrera and Ryan Madson (who is struggling) turning over leads to closer Wade Davis.
The Mets had +2500 World Series odds back on Opening Day and +1800 odds to win the title as late as August 1 before trading for outfielder Yeonis Cespedes and getting other reinforcements.
Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy is on a historic hitting roll, batting .421/.436/1.026 with seven HR in the postseason after having only 14 in the regular season.
The Mets are not as balanced throughout their lineup as the Royals, although the five-day break since their NLCS sweep of the Chicago Cubs will give Cespedes more time to rest an injured shoulder.