Old and New Faces in the MLB Championship Series

The MLB’s Championship Series provide two very contrasting stories. In the NL, it will again be either the St. Louis Cardinals or San Francisco Giants winning the Pennant. This isn’t surprising as one or the other has done so in each of the last four seasons. But over in the AL, we have the Baltimore Orioles and the Kansas City Royals hold the top spots. The Orioles haven’t made the World Series since 1983 and the Royals since 1985. It’s been a while since either the Orioles or the Royals have come this far in the postseason. The Orioles swept the Detroit Tigers and their three aces in the Divisional Series and now stand as the World Series favorite at 11/5. They’re also a -150 chalk to end the Royals’ Cinderella run. At 13/4, the Royals are the biggest long shots to win the World Series, but if you believe in momentum, the Kansas City is an intriguing betting option. In the National League, the two most consistent franchises over the last five years will go head-to-head this Saturday, October 11. With home-field advantage, the Cardinals are a slight -130 favorite; the Giants being even money. Interestingly enough, both teams are 13/5 to win the World Series.