David Ortiz led the Boston Red Sox to a World Series triumph in 2013 as the big hitter got the series MVP after his irrepressible performances handed the Red Sox their third championship since the turn of the century.

But who will knock Boston off their perch this season and claim the biggest prize of all in Major League Baseball?

The beauty of most American sports is parity of the leagues, with several contenders each year for the major titles.

Baseball is no different and the length of the season, which starts March 22nd, always throws its unexpected curveballs as well.

162 games in a regular season means that teams need to be consistently good throughout the whole season.

Come the post-season the top ball clubs rise to the top in the different best of game series scenarios.

No team is immune to failure and any team can rise from obscurity.

The New York Yankees are a great example of a club that has plenty of money but last season they failed to make the post-season, showing success is not guaranteed.

Oakland Athletics on the other hand are a great example of a team that works on a small budget and continues to get the moderate success of making the post-season year in year out.

So which team has what it takes to do it this year?

Currently the favorites with bookmakers and commentators across the league are the Los Angeles Dodgers, who are offered at 11/2 with sportsbook.com.

The reason the Dodgers are favored so heavily above other ball clubs is because of their acquisitions in the off-season such as Dan Haren, who will significantly improve the pitching skills of a club that already won the National League West Division last season.

At 8/1 we have the Detroit Tigers as second-favorites, with many bookmakers believing that it will be a Dodgers versus Tigers World Series in 2014.

Detroit have recruited well in the off-season, with the signing of top reliever Joe Nathan.

Further down the betting list we have the Yankees as the fifth favorites for the World Series, with the acquisition of Masahiro Tanaka improving their pitching depth.

And if ever there was a dark horse it would have to be the New York Mets.

In the last two seasons they have only managed 74 wins each term, but this year they have hope, with general manager Sandy Anderson hopeful that they can reach 90 wins.

Sportsbook.com have them priced at a generous 100/1, which might be worth a flutter if it takes your fancy.

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