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Louis was given odds to win the NL pennant and odds to win the World Series. But the Cardinals closed with an run to sneak into the playoffs ahead of the Braves, who lost their final five games. They were down to their last strike twice in Game 6 of the World Series before rallying to beat the Texas Rangers in seven games.
Odds to win World Series Tom Kelly was in his first full season as manager in , and expectations were low for a team that hadn't finished above. But the Twins won the weak AL West with an record, despite losing their final five games, going on the road and getting outscored But the franchise that never had finished above. It looked like another stroke of bad luck for a franchise that had not made the playoffs or finished over.
Minnesota finished the season last in the AL West with a record but beat low expectations to go and win the division in ' The Braves, coming off a campaign, entered the season with odds to win it all. It ended up being a memorable Fall Classic with four of the seven games being decided on the final pitch. Minnesota became the first team to win the World Series after finishing last in its division the previous year. Odds to win UEFA Euro Before Euro , Greece hadn't qualified for a major soccer tournament since competing in its first World Cup in , when it was outscored and went in group play.
Going into Euro , only Latvia had longer odds than Greece, which wasn't expected to make it out of a Group of Death against host Portugal, Spain and Russia. Not only did Greece make it out of the group by going , it beat Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal in the process. Greece then won three games by scores in the knockout rounds, capped by another win over Portugal in the championship. So while the Red Sox weren't the favorites heading into the postseason, their chances weren't bad.
With only three losses in the last 16 league fixtures, Palace have floated out of the relegation zone by a single point. A recent spate of injuries could derail all their progress. Wilfried Zaha, the stand-out star of the season, has been ruled out for at least a month due to a knee injury, and a handful of other players — Jeffrey Schlupp, Bakary Sako, Jason Puncheon to name a few — are also nursing injuries. Palace cannot afford another dip.
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