2017 World Series odds: Dodgers ahead of Giants

2017 World Series odds: Dodgers ahead of Giants

The Cubs just won their first World Series since 1908, and they are the favorites to win it again next season.

According to Bovada, Chicago (7/2) is No. 1, followed by the Dodgers and Red Sox at 9/1.

The Nationals (12/1) have the fourth best odds.

The Giants, Mets, Blue Jays and Indians are all tied for fifth at 14/1.

San Francisco won it all in 2010, 2012 and 2014. The Cubs snapped the Giants' even-year streak by knocking the Orange and Black out in Game 4 of the NLDS.

Chicago Cubs -- 7/2 
Boston Red Sox -- 9/1 
Los Angeles Dodgers -- 9/1 
Washington Nationals -- 12/1 
New York Mets -- 14/1 
Toronto Blue Jays -- 14/1 
Cleveland Indians -- 14/1 
San Francisco Giants -- 14/1 
Houston Astros -- 16/1 
Texas Rangers -- 16/1 
Baltimore Orioles -- 22/1 
Detroit Tigers -- 22/1 
St. Louis Cardinals -- 22/1 
New York Yankees -- 25/1 
Seattle Mariners -- 25/1 
Pittsburgh Pirates -- 28/1 
Kansas City Royals -- 33/1 
Chicago White Sox -- 40/1 
Miami Marlins -- 40/1 
Los Angeles Angels -- 50/1 
Colorado Rockies -- 66/1 
Tampa Bay Rays -- 66/1 
Milwaukee Brewers -- 75/1 
Oakland Athletics -- 75/1 
Arizona Diamondbacks -- 100/1
Atlanta Braves -- 100/1
Cincinnati Reds -- 100/1 
Minnesota Twins -- 100/1 
Philadelphia Phillies -- 100/1 
San Diego Padres -- 100/1

Bruce Bochy, Ned Yost reflect on touching moment after 2014 World Series

Bruce Bochy, Ned Yost reflect on touching moment after 2014 World Series

SAN FRANCISCO -- A few minutes after his team lost the 2014 World Series in a heartbreaking way, Royals manager Ned Yost walked over to the visiting clubhouse at Kauffman Stadium and quietly slipped into Bruce Bochy’s office. With champagne still flying through the air and players getting deep into their celebrations, Yost and Bochy shook hands and had a brief conversation.  

The show of class and sportsmanship meant a lot to the winning side. That moment meant even more to Yost. 

“I’ve still got that picture hanging in my office,” he said recently. “I don’t have many pictures that I put up, but there’s that one of me and him shaking hands afterward. That one is special to me. It was a hard time because he was trying to celebrate, but I just wanted to tell him congratulations.”

Yost’s Royals will face Bochy’s Giants today in Cactus League action, and it will almost certainly be the final matchup between their teams. Bochy has announced his intention to retire, and neither team is favored to reach the postseason.

That 2014 matchup was a memorable one, though, and it still leaves Yost shaking his head. A day after Bochy announced that 2019 would be his last season, Yost, at an MLB event, recalled thinking he had gotten the better of Bochy. 

“I just remember him sending Bumgarner out in Game 7 and I just thought, ‘Okay, we’re going to kill him.’ And it just didn’t turn out that way,” Yost said. “Even to send Bumgarner out there in the ninth, it was like, ‘whoa,’ but it worked out perfectly.”

Yost and the Royals would win the next year, getting their own moment in the sun. But on that cold October night in Kansas City, Yost watched Bumgarner get out of a jam in the ninth. He watched Bochy celebrate, and then he went over to congratulate a manager he says is a surefire Hall of Famer. 

[RELATED: Bochy announces he will retire after 2019 season]

“I just have the ultimate respect for him. I’ve always admired him, his longevity, and what he has been able to do,” Yost said. “The one solace I can find, as tough as it was to lose a World Series, especially when you’re 90 feet away, is just that I lost it to my boyhood team and to a manager who I probably have more respect for than any other present manager in the game. 

“He’s right behind Bobby Cox for me. He’s accomplished everything that every manager looks to accomplish.”

Bryce Harper explains hitting at Oracle Park wasn't a factor in decision

Bryce Harper explains hitting at Oracle Park wasn't a factor in decision

When it was first reported the Giants were interested in acquiring six-time All-Star Bryce Harper, we checked the numbers on how he performed at AT&T Oracle Park.

Across his career thus far, Harper boasts a .164/.305/.284 line with just two home runs in 19 games. 

Not great, but he knew that.

The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal recently asked Harper if the difference in parks offensively was an issue. Harper said that wasn't a concern -- he did the homework just like you and I did.

“I saw my (home-run) overlays on each park — Nationals Park, L.A., San Fran, Philly. The overlays weren’t as crazy as people would think," Harper said in an interview with FS1.

“Hitting the ball to left-center in San Francisco, it’s a little bit of a jet stream. And I hit my balls to left-center a lot. Of course, you factor in wind and cold weather, things like that. But that was never really a factor."

Oracle Park is a terror to hitters not named Nolan Arenado or Gerardo Parra. but it can be a pitcher's best friend if said pitcher is able to take advantage of that.

[RELATED: Giants offer Harper 12-year, $310 million]

We will see if that confidence still resonates with him when he and the Phillies come to Oracle Park later this summer