The 2020 Kansas City Royals took a bit of a step forward, playing .433-ball after logging back-to-back 100-loss seasons in 2018 and 2019. We look at the Kansas City Royals’ MLB futures odds, including their projected 2021 win total and World Series odds at BetMGM.
The Royals went 26-34 in last year’s pandemic-shortened season, placing fourth in the American League Central Division. K.C. averaged 4.1 runs per game on offense while yielding 4.5. The former is a bottom-10 figure in the league, but the latter represented a significant improvement from 2019 when the Royals coughed up 5.4 RPG.
C Salvador Perez had a big year at the plate, batting .333 with power (12 doubles, 11 home runs). Perez logged a .986 OPS; the problem for the Kansas City offense is that no other lineup regular posted an OPS over .778.
The Royals bullpen was counted on for a lot of innings, but that group came through with a sneaky-good performance. K.C. notched a 3.84 bullpen ERA, the eight-best in MLB.
Kansas City Royals’ 2021 World Series odds
Odds via BetMGM; access USA TODAY Sports’ betting odds for a full list. Lines last updated March 15 at 6:30 a.m. ET.
Odds: +10000 (bet $100 to win $10,000)
Only the Texas Rangers (+15000) and Pittsburgh Pirates (+20000) have longer odds to win the World Series in 2021. While the profit is fantastic, this isn’t a bet to make. PASS.
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Kansas City Royals’ 2021 win total
Over/Under: 73.5 (O: -110 | U: -110)
The total here is fair, without much value on either side. But the Royals will be awfully reliant on young arms in a season in which depth (and innings-eating experienced depth) figures to play a key role. If there is a lean, its on fading the Royals a bit.
Odds to win the AL Central
- Chicago White Sox: -125 (bet $125 to win $100)
- Minnesota Twins: +150 (bet $100 to win $150)
- Cleveland Indians: +750 (bet $100 to win $750)
- Royals: +4000 (bet $100 to win $4,000)
- Detroit Tigers: +6600 (bet $100 to win $6,600)
With only the Tigers having longer odds to win the AL Central, the strong lean here is a non-Royals bet is the best bet.
Odds to win the American League
The Royals (+6600) join the likes of the Orioles (+6600), Tigers (+6600) and Mariners (+6600) near the bottom of pack in the AL. Only the Rangers have worse odds at +8000. It isn’t worth investing on the Royals at this time, they have too much working against them.
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