The bookies see the Kansas City Royals and the New York Mets as evenly matched, at least on their ledger sheets, going into the World Series.
Vegas Insider views the Fall Classic as a pick ’em. Bettors win $100 with a $110 bet on either team. Sportsbook.ag pays $100 on a $108 wager on the Mets and $100 on a $102 bet on the Royals. The house, smartly averse to gambling, wins either way.
Both Kansas City and New York played as underdogs in the league championship series. The Royals own home-field advantage in the World Series based on the American League’s All-Star Game win. Both teams last won a World Series in the mid-1980s. The Royals repeat as the American League representative. The Mets last played in a World Series in 2000.
The Dodgers and Nationals opened the season enjoying the best chances, 7-1, to win the World Series, according to Vegas.com. The Mets opened the season at 35-1 to win the World Series. The Royals started the season at 20-1.
The Bovada listed both teams at 28-1. Though their chances have improved since then, the house still regards the Royals and the Mets as enjoying about the same chances to win it all.
The teams begin affirm or invalidate the assumptions of gamblers tonight at 8:07 p.m. Eastern.