The Texas Rangers are favored by Las Vegas oddsmakers to beat the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series for the first championship in franchise history.
The Rangers are listed as -150 money line favorites at the Las Vegas Hilton’s Race and Sports Book even though the Cardinals hold home-field advantage for Major League Baseball’s best-of-seven World Series. Bettors would have to wager $150 on the Rangers to make a $100 profit, while a winning $100 bet on the Cardinals at +120 would return $120.
The World Series begins Oct. 19 in St. Louis, where the Cardinals would host four games if the series goes a full seven games. The Rangers and Cardinals each opened the season with 20-1 odds of winning the World Series, tied as the sixth favorites among the league’s 30 teams.
“It’s the ultimate goal of our sport and now we have another shot at it,” Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler told reporters.
The Rangers are back in the World Series after losing to the San Francisco Giants in five games last year. Before last season, Texas hadn’t won a postseason series since the team relocated from Washington in 1972. The Rangers beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-1 in the opening round of this year’s postseason before knocking out the Detroit Tigers 4-2 to win the American League Championship Series.
The Cardinals have won 10 championships, with their most recent coming in 2006. St. Louis ousted the 102-win Philadelphia Phillies and then defeated the Milwaukee Brewers to capture the National League Championship Series.