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Kansas City Royals 2024 World Series Odds

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Since winning the 2015 World Series, the Kansas City Royals have not had a winning season and have spent the past few years in a painful rebuild. The Royals are under new ownership, who has spent the past few years concentrating on getting a downtown stadium. Kansas City is still rebuilding but is making a greater effort to spend money and develop its talent. This year, Kansas City remains a pariah on the future market, but the Royals may attract some betting action with good value and enhanced prices as the season progresses.

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In 2023, the Kansas City Royals had a record of 56-106 and finished 5th in the American League Central Division. Offensively, Kansas City ranked 23rd for runs scored, 19th for batting average, 25th for OPS, 26th for home runs, and 3rd for stolen bases.

Defensively, Kansas City ranked 28th for earned run average, 23rd for WHIP, 15th for strikeouts, 29th for quality starts, 12th for fewest errors, and 29th for bullpen ERA. Kansas City was -610 on the moneyline and -3073 on the run line.

Last season, the Royals had nothing to offer to gamblers except opposition. Kansas City was one of the most opposed teams in the betting window. That may soon change as the Royals had a solid offseason and have crept up the payroll rankings.

Key offseason acquisitions include RHP Seth Lugo, RHP Michael Wacha, LHP Will Smith, RHP Chris Stratton, RHP Nick Anderson, OF Hunter Renfroe, UTIL Garrett Hampson, 2B/OF Adam Frazier.

Key offseason departures include RHP Zack Greinke and INF Matt Duffy.

Surprisingly active for a still-rebuilding team coming off an ugly 106-loss season, the Royals spent $77 million to add Michael Wacha and Seth Lugo to the rotation and another $13 million on corner outfielder Hunter Renfroe.

Certainly, There’s no problem with investing “too early” in some veteran reinforcements, and upping their payroll from $90 million to $115 million will undoubtedly lead to more wins and a better fan experience, which shouldn’t be brushed off. Still, it probably won’t be enough to push for more than .500 unless the AL Central is even worse than expected.

It’s still refreshing to see the Royals among the offseason’s biggest free-agent spenders, and their $288.7 million extension with Bobby Witt Jr. was even better. Rebuilding doesn’t have to mean not spending.

Kansas City ranks 20th for MLB payroll.

Kansas City Royals Key Players

LHP Cole Ragans is the number-one pitcher in the Kansas City rotation. Last year, he pitched for the Texas Rangers and Kansas City Royals with a combined record of 7-5 with a 3.47 ERA and 1.16 WHIP.

LHP Will Smith is the Royals closer. He saved 22 games in 27 opportunities with a record of 2-7 with a 4.40 ERA and 1.06 WHIP. He was with the Rangers last year.

SS Bobby Witt produced 97 runs, 28 doubles, 30 home runs, 96 runs batted in with a .814 OPS in 2024.

Kansas City Royals Manager

Manager Matt Quatraro will be in his second season at the helm in KC. He was previously a coach with the Cleveland Indians and Tampa Bay Rays.

Season-by-Season Record (Since 2015)

2023 56 106 5th -
2022 65 97 5th -
2021 74 88 4th -
2020 26 34 4th -
2019 59 103 4th -
2018 58 104 5th -
2017 80 82 3rd -
2016 81 81 3rd -
2015 95 67 1st Won World Series (Mets) 4–1
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