5 Teams Most Likely to Win the 2011 World Series

Aidan MackieSenior Analyst IJune 20, 2011

BOSTON - OCTOBER 3:  Mark Teixeira #25 of the New York Yankees executes the second out of a double play on base runner David Ortiz #34 of  the Boston Red Sox, who was caught off of first base, at Fenway Park, October 3, 2010, in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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1. Philadelphia Phillies

The Phillies are the most feared team in the National League.

Led by their star rotation of Cy Young winners Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee, and fellow All Stars Roy Oswalt and Cole Hamels, the Phillies have the best record in all of baseball so far. When healthy, their lineup boasts stars Ryan Howard, Chase Utley, Shane Victorino, Placido Polanco, and Jimmy Rollins.

If they end up in the postseason, no team can constantly compete in a series with the rotation and lineup Philadelphia possess.

The biggest competition for the Phillies in their own division is the Atlanta Braves. They boast a solid rotation of names, such as Tommy Hanson, Tim Hudson, Jair Jurrjens, Derek Lowe and star rookie Brandon Beachy. Other than Atlanta, no team stands in the way of Philaldelphia on their way to another division title.

Only injuries may stop the Fighting Phils' from reaching their 3rd World Series in 5 years. 

2. Boston Red Sox

The Red Sox are capable of beating any team on any given day.

Their stacked lineup includes MVP caliber names such as Jacoby Ellsbury, Dustin Pedroia, Kevin Youkilis, Adrian Gonzalez, David Ortiz, and Carl Crawford. It seems impossible to shut down the Boston lineup for an entire game. Their rotation is not too shabby either, as it boasts aces Jon Lester, Clay Buchholz, and Josh Beckett.

In the playoffs, a team would have to silence the Red Sox bats—while also managing to score some runs for an entire series to even compete.

The Red Sox have lived up to the hype, and have turned into the most dangerous team in all of the Major Leagues.

3. Milwaukee Brewers

The Brew Crew are off to a flying start. They lead the National League Central at a record of 40-33.

Their explosive lineup includes MVP candidates Prince Fielder and Ryan Braun, along with solid contributors such as Rickie Weeks, Casey McGehee, and Corey Hart. Newly acquired aces Shaun Marcum and Zack Greinke are producing at an All Star level, and the rest of the rotation gives Milwaukee a chance to win every single time they step on the field.

The Brewers faithful could be headed to their first World Series in 30 years. 

4. New York Yankees

The Bronx Bombers are in the same place they are every season—in contention to win a World Series title.

Led by superstars Mark Teixeira, Alex Rodriguez, Robinson Cano, Derek Jeter, and Curtis Granderson, their lineup is one of the most feared in all of baseball. Longtime ace CC Sabathia is leading a Yankee rotation of successful reclamation projects, such as Bartolo Colon and Freddy Garcia, along with young stars Ivan Nova and Phil Hughes.

The elite franchise may be active at the Trade Deadline, searching for another solid arm to add to their rotation.

The Yankees could add more silverware to their already stacked trophy room. 

5. Detroit Tigers

After a struggling start, the Tigers have emerged as one of the best teams in baseball over the last few months.

They boast one of the best pitchers and batters in the MLB, Justin Verlander and Miguel Cabrera. Victor Martinez, Brennan Boesch, Austin Jackson, and Johnny Peralta add more talent to a powerful offense. Max Scherzer, Brad Penny and Rick Porcello are solid arms to round out a fantastic rotation.

The Tigers could be a bright spot to a struggling city.