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World Series Odds: Rangers Are Heavy Favorites

Headed into the World Series, the Texas Rangers are the clear betting favorite, with a -155 line to win their first world championship compared to +125 for the St. Louis Cardinals.

Baseball spreads are a bit different than the other sports: the Rangers -155 line means a bettor would need to wager $155 on Texas to win $100, while the Cardinals' +125 line means a bettor would win $125 for every $100 they bet on St. Louis.

However, due to the pitching match-up between Chris Carpenter and the struggling C.J. Wilson as well as the Cardinals' familiarity with NL rules in their ballpark, St. Louis is a -120 favorite while Texas is a +110 underdog for Game 1.

The Rangers are favored to win 1.5 more games in the Series than the Cardinals, with Texas 4-2 and Texas 4-1 getting 4/1 odds as the final outcome.

Albert Pujols is the favorite to win the World Series MVP at 5/1, with Nelson Cruz (6/1), Adrian Beltre (6/1) and Josh Hamilton (7/1) right behind him. Of course, in a seven-game series, there could be any number of unlikely heroes, most notably in 2006, when David Eckstein won the MVP in the Cardinals 4-1 defeat of the Detroit Tigers.

For more information on the latest World Series spreads, over-unders and prop bets, check out our partners at Odds Shark.

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