The 2009 MLB Season isn’t even into its third week of play yet, but oddsmakers have obviously taken notice of the Kansas City Royals’ surprising 7-5 start.

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It’s hard to say that the Royals have gotten off to a “hot” start this season considering they’re only 7-5 and are just 3-3 at home. But they currently are in a three-way tie atop the AL Central and oddsmakers from online sports book SBG Global have dropped their odds to win the 2009 World Series from 100/1 to 55/1.

Part of Kansas City’s success this season can be attributed to its pitching staff, namely starter Zach Greinke who in three starts, is 3-0, has amassed 26 strikeouts and has yet to give up an earned run. Gil Meche is also 1-0 with a stellar 2.25 ERA, while youngster Kyle Davies is also 1-0 with a solid 2.89 ERA.

The Royals are also getting decent contribution from their offense, namely Mark Teahen, who is hitting .318 so far in 44 at bats and has drove in 10 runs. Mike Jacobs is also off to a nice start, hitting 2.82 and blasting four home runs in 39 at bats.

Can the Royals keep it up? Who knows, but the bottom line is that they don’t play in a very strong division and don’t forget that the Tampa Bay Rays were once 150/1 long shots to win the World Series last year. (And we all know how close they got to winning a title.)

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Posted: 4/19/09 10:33PM ET

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