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MLB Power Rankings: The World Series favorites

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MLB commissioner Bud Selig presents the championship trophy to Boston Red Sox owner John W. Henry (right) and president and ceo Larry Lucchino (center) after game six of the MLB baseball World Series at Fenway Park. Red Sox won 6-1. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

With the All-Star break in the past and the calendar poised to shift from July to August, Major League Baseball has the collective attention of the american sporting fan base. Football has certainly emerged as king, but the gridiron is more than a month away (even on the college side), and baseball needs this time to generate interest.

Fortunately, the 2014 season has been an entertaining one, and a handful of teams have emerged as “favorites” to make a run to the World Series. In baseball, it almost always too strong to say that any single team is likely to win the title, but it is a relatively safe bet to think that one of the teams on the following list will be holding the championship trophy when the season ends in late October.

Without further ado, here are the favorites to win the title, beginning with some of the more “fringe” contenders for the crown.

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