With the season nearing and opening day rosters becoming clearer, now is the ideal time to evaluate which teams have the greatest chance at capturing the World Series during 2016. When inspecting the upper-tier portion of the league, one thing is clear: parity has never been greater in Major League Baseball. There are easily 15 teams that can make a case for being the World Series favorites, meaning some very good teams had to be omitted. However, here are the 10 very best teams in Major League Baseball with the greatest chance at winning it all.
10. St. Louis Cardinals
The St. Louis Cardinals, a team known for developing their own homegrown talent, had a fairly quiet off-season this past winter. With a stacked lineup featuring very few holes, this wouldn’t be too big of an issue if it weren’t for the fact that they’re the third best team in the best division in baseball. Both the Pirates and Cubs are expected to make the postseason and there may not be room for all three of them. Due to their lack of depth, the Cardinals will need their veterans returning from injury to remain healthy this season. Randal Grichuk and Stephen Piscotty need to continue developing, Yadier Molina needs to continue stealing called strikes and Brandon Moss needs a nice bounce-back season. Fortunately, these all seem likely outcomes and the Cardinals will once again be a very dangerous team.