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This is what happens to bookies who are out in the sun to long ..........

Seattle Mariners reach top 10 of teams favored in Las Vegas to win next year’s World Series
Posted on October 30, 2014 | By Nick Eaton

The Mariners have not appeared in the postseason since 2001 and have never reached a World Series. (Otto Greule/Allsport/Getty Images)
What if we told you the Seattle Mariners have better odds to win the 2015 World Series than the Boston Red Sox or New York Yankees. Would you believe it?

On Thursday — the morning after the San Francisco Giants beat the Kansas City Royals for their third championship in five years — several Las Vegas sports books released early betting odds for next year’s Major League Baseball title. And the Mariners were right in the thick of things.

The M’s had 18-to-1 odds of winning Seattle’s first World Series next season, according to Bovada. Those odds were the eighth-best in the MLB.

Bovada’s favorites were the Los Angeles Dodgers and Washington Nationals, which each had 15-to-2 betting odds Thursday. Next were the Detroit Tigers and Los Angeles Angels (10-to-1 each), S.F. Giants and St. Louis Cardinals (12-to-1 each), and K.C. Royals (16-to-1). The division-rival Oakland Athletics had 20-to-1 odds.

Meanwhile, elsewhere in Vegas, MyTopSportsbook.com said Thursday that the Mariners had 24-to-1 odds to win the 2015 World Series — tied for 10th-best in the MLB.

MyTopSportsbook.com compiles betting odds from several bookies. There, the Mariners had worse championship odds than the Dodgers (7-to-1), Nationals (8-to-1), Tigers (10-to-1), Cardinals (11-to-1), Angels (12-to-1), Giants (18-to-1), Royals (20-to-1), Orioles (22-to-1) and Oakland Athletics (22-to-1). The M’s were tied at 24-to-1 with the Cleveland Indians and Pittsburgh Pirates.

The Mariners — who haven’t appeared in the playoffs since 2001 — came closer to the postseason in 2014 than they had in a decade. Finishing with a 87-75 record, the M’s had just two fewer wins during the regular season than this year’s runner-up Royals.

Despite struggles throughout the season and down the stretch, the M’s entered Game 162 just a game behind the wild-card Athletics. Oakland’s win shut out Seattle, but excited Mariners fans got a much-desired reminder of what it’s like to watch playoff-caliber baseball.

Hey, with Robinson Cano, Felix Hernandez, Kyle Seager, Hisashi Iwakuma and others on the roster, maybe the M’s can make a real run for the Commissioner’s Trophy in 2015.

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