Dodgers, Nationals are early favorites to win 2015 World Series; Giants rank fifth (Big League Stew)

Well, distraught Los Angeles Dodgers fans, here's something that might cheer you up a tad bit after watching your bitter rivals win the World Series — the Dodgers are the early favorites to win the 2015 World Series, according to online sportsbook Bovada . The Washington Nationals share that honor with the Dodgers. Both teams, which were knocked out in the NLDS this season, are listed at 15/2 odds. The San Francisco Giants, whose World Series win hasn't even dried yet, ranked fifth at 12/1. The Detroit Tigers and Los Angeles Angels are just ahead of the Giants, both carrying 10/1 odds. Here's Bovada's complete rundown: Los Angeles Dodgers 15/2 Washington Nationals 15/2 Detroit Tigers 10/1 Los Angeles Angels 10/1 San Francisco Giants 12/1 St. Louis Cardinals 12/1 Kansas City Royals 16/1 Seattle Mariners 18/1 Baltimore Orioles 20/1 Oakland Athletics 20/1 Pittsburgh Pirates 20/1 Atlanta Braves 22/1 Boston Red Sox 22/1 New York Yankees 22/1 Cleveland Indians 25/1 Cincinnati Reds 33/1 Tampa Bay Rays 33/1 Texas Rangers 33/1 Toronto Blue Jays 33/1 Chicago White Sox 40/1 Milwaukee Brewers 40/1 New York Mets 40/1 Chicago Cubs 50/1 Miami Marlins 50/1 San Diego Padres 66/1 Philadelphia Phillies 75/1 Arizona Diamondbacks 100/1 Colorado Rockies 100/1 Houston Astros 100/1 Minnesota Twins 100/1 For context's sake, we'll point out that the Dodgers topped the list when Bovada released its day-after-the-World Series odds last year too. There were listed at 7/1. The Giants were 18/1. We all know how both of those worked out. More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: - - - - - - - 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! Follow @MikeOz

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List of World Series MVP winners (Reuters)

(Reuters) - List of Most Valuable Player winners from Major League Baseball's World Series. 2014 - Madison Bumgarner (San Francisco Giants) 2013 - David Ortiz (Boston Red Sox) 2012 - Pablo Sandoval (San Francisco Giants) 2011 - David Freese (St. Louis Cardinals) 2010 - Edgar Renteria (San Francisco Giants) 2009 - Hideki Matsui (New York Yankees) 2008 - Cole Hamels (Philadelphia Phillies) 2007 - Mike Lowell (Boston Red Sox) 2006 - David Eckstein (St. ...

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - MLB - New York Mets News on October 29, 2014 at 11:17 pm



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Baseball-List of World Series MVP winners (Reuters)

Oct 29 (Reuters) - List of Most Valuable Player winners from Major League Baseball's World Series. 2014 - Madison Bumgarner (San Francisco Giants) 2013 - David Ortiz (Boston Red Sox) 2012 - Pablo Sandoval (San Francisco Giants) 2011 - David Freese (St. Louis Cardinals) 2010 - Edgar Renteria (San Francisco Giants) 2009 - Hideki Matsui (New York Yankees) 2008 - Cole Hamels (Philadelphia Phillies) 2007 - Mike Lowell (Boston Red Sox) 2006 - David Eckstein (St. ...

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - MLB - New York Mets News on October 29, 2014 at 10:33 pm



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Royals top prospect Zimmer has shoulder surgery (The Associated Press)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Royals pitching prospect Kyle Zimmer had surgery on his shoulder to remove damaged tissue, throwing his status for the start of next season into question.

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - MLB - New York Mets News on October 28, 2014 at 5:29 pm



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Mets pitcher Familia has hernia surgery (The Associated Press)

NEW YORK (AP) -- Mets pitcher Jeurys Familia has undergone hernia surgery.

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - MLB - New York Mets News on October 25, 2014 at 2:49 pm



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Gamesmanship on! Giants water down infield in effort to slow down Royals (Big League Stew)

The San Francisco Giants already possess a notable home-field advantage because of the unique layout at AT&T Park. For Game 3 of the World Series, it appeared the grounds crew was looking to give them an even greater advantage by watering down the infield to an almost excessive level in an attempt to slow down the Kansas City Royals enormous speed advantage on the bases. In the end, it would become more of an afterthought than an advantage after the Royals won the game 3-2 and grabbed a 2-1 series lead, but the overly-saturated infield dirt was easily noticed and its effects were often discussed during the early innings. Giants grounds crew spent entire October water allotment on the infield; I just saw a sea lion surface to Panik’s right — Ray Ratto (@RattoCSN) October 25, 2014 Pretty cool that McCovey Cove was relocated in about 400 feet for this game — Bryan Kilpatrick ? (@purplerowBK) October 25, 2014 Giants grounds crew trying to turn the dirt into mud to slow the Royals. Cain and Dyson still flying home to first in under 4.0 seconds. — Ben Badler (@BenBadler) October 25, 2014 The grounds crew here cleaning up the over-watered infield between innings. Sloppy track surely aimed at KC base-stealers. — Pete Abraham (@PeteAbe) October 25, 2014 The gamesmanship involved is clear, but this far from an original tactic. In one instance back in 2011, New York Mets manager Terry Collins accused the Atlanta Braves of watering down the infield to slow down Jose Reyes. After Reyes slipped three times on the bases, Collins filed a complaint with the league because he considered the conditions a safety issue, in addition to an advantage for the Braves.  The league didn't act then, and there's nothing in the rules now that prohibits San Francisco from creating such an advantage. It's akin to teams growing or cutting the infield grass to capitalize on team strengths or an opponent's weakness. It's a tactical move, and as long as it doesn't create an obvious hazard for the players, it's all fair.  Though the Royals didn't attempt a stolen base for the second game in the series, the muddy track proved to be no advantage to San Francisco. Alcides Escobar scored easily from first base on Alex Gordon's sixth-inning double in their biggest test on the bases. That would prove to be a key moment in Kansas City's one-run victory.  In another key moment, San Francisco's Hunter Pence was cut down stealing in the second inning. So maybe it even backfired to some extent. Regardless of the infield conditions, there was nothing San Francisco could do to offset Lorenzo Cain's continued stellar play in the outfield, or Kansas City's dominant bullpen once the late innings rolled around. Though Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post does have one suggestion for the former.  The Giants' grounds crew should consider covering the outfield grass with rubber cement. — Adam Kilgore (@AdamKilgoreWP) October 25, 2014 Anything to eliminate those fantastic jumps Cain gets on seemingly every fly ball. Also, for whatever it's worth, the tarp is now covering the infield with rain in the forecast for early Saturday. They want it muddy, sure, but apparently they don't want Saturday off.  Tarp on infield at AT&T Park. #SFGiants #KCRoyals #WorldSeries pic.twitter.com/LBXVcIimFN — Steve Kroner (@SteveKronerSF) October 25, 2014 More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: - - - - - - - Mark Townsend is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at bigleaguestew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Townie813

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From Mexico to the World Series, Petit shines (The Associated Press)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Yusmeiro Petit was running out of choices. His major league career had hit rock bottom and was heading nowhere.

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List of World Series winners (Reuters)

(Reuters) - List of winners in Major League Baseball's World Series: 2013 - Boston Red Sox 4, St. Louis Cardinals 2 2012 - San Francisco Giants 4, Detroit Tigers 0 2011 - St. Louis Cardinals 4, Texas Rangers 3 2010 - San Francisco Giants 4, Texas Rangers 1 2009 - New York Yankees 4, Philadelphia Phillies 2 2008 - Philadelphia Phillies 4, Tampa Bay Rays 1 2007 - Boston Red Sox 4, Colorado Rockies 0 2006 - St. Louis Cardinals 4, Detroit Tigers 1 2005 - Chicago White Sox 4, Houston Astros 0 2004 - Boston Red Sox 4, St. ...

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - MLB - New York Mets News on October 18, 2014 at 12:33 pm



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Diamondbacks hire A’s bench coach Hale as manager (The Associated Press)

PHOENIX (AP) -- Former Arizona third base coach Chip Hale was hired Monday to replace Kirk Gibson as the Diamondbacks manager.

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Hits and errors: A daily look at MLB postseason (The Associated Press)

Put a bat in someone's hands during the postseason and he can become dangerous. That goes for players who make their money on the mound rather than at the plate, too.

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This post was written by Yahoo! Sports - MLB - New York Mets News on October 11, 2014 at 2:49 am



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