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Boston Red Sox are favorites to win the World Series, according to oddsmakers

Mike Oz
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Oddsmakers like the Boston Red Sox to win the World Series a little bit more than they like the St. Louis Cardinals.

The Red Sox are listed at 5/7 while the Cardinals are at 6/5. The money line for the Red Sox is -140 (meaning you have to wager $140 to win $100) and for the Cardinals it's +120 (meaning a $100 wager gets you $120). Both of those comes from online sportsbook Bovada.

Said Kevin Bradley, Bovada's sports book manager:

"I am more than happy the Red Sox were able to hold off the Tigers and get into the World Series since they are the team that would provide us with the biggest win possible out of any team that made the playoffs in our World Series Odds. Boston is a small 5/7 favorite against St. Louis paying out at 6/5 and 60% of the early money is on the Cards making our need for Boston to win even bigger."

Bovada also released a odds for the World Series, a list headed by Big Papi and going all the way down to poor Stephen Drew:

Odds to win the 2013 World Series MVP
David Ortiz (BOS) 15/2
Dustin Pedroia (BOS) 8/1
Carlos Beltran (STL) 9/1
Matt Holliday (STL) 10/1
Yadier Molina (STL) 12/1
Allen Craig (STL) 12/1
Jacoby Ellsbury (BOS) 12/1
Jon Lester (BOS) 12/1
Adam Wainwright (STL) 14/1
Michael Wacha (STL) 15/1
Matt Carpenter (STL) 15/1
Mike Napoli (BOS) 15/1
Clay Buchholz (BOS) 15/1
Koji Uehara (BOS) 15/1
Xander Bogaerts (BOS) 16/1
David Freese (STL) 18/1
Trevor Rosenthal (STL) 18/1
Matt Adams (STL) 20/1
Shane Victorino (BOS) 20/1
Stephen Drew (BOS) 25/1

If you like prop bets — and who doesn't, even to just look and ponder — then peruse the following released by Bovada:

MLB WORLD SERIES SPECIAL - Which team will hit more Home Runs in the Series?
St. Louis Cardinals +150 (3/2)
Boston Red Sox -200 (1/2)

MLB WORLD SERIES SPECIAL - Which team will record more errors in the Series?
St. Louis Cardinals -110
Boston Red Sox -110

MLB WORLD SERIES SPECIAL - How many times will Shane Victorino be Hit by Pitch in the Series?
Over 1 (EVEN, 1/1)
Under 1 (-140, 5/7)

MLB WORLD SERIES SPECIAL - Will any player or manager be ejected during a game in the Series?
Yes +150 (3/2)
No -200 (1/2)

MLB WORLD SERIES SPECIAL - Will any team pitch a shutout in the Series?
Yes EVEN (1/1)
No -140 (5/7)

MLB WORLD SERIES SPECIAL - Will there be a Grand Slam in the Series?
Yes +300 (3/1)
No -500 (1/5)

Little faith in those grand-slamming Red Sox, eh?

Just for fun, we looked back at the first odds Bovada released for the 2013 baseball season — back in December, when the Toronto Blue Jays were favorites to win it all — and at that point the Cardinals and Red Sox were both 25/1 odds to win the series.

We've come a long way, folks.

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Mike Oz is an editor for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at mikeozstew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter!

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