Ranking the Top 5 World Series Favorites at MLB's Midway Point

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Ranking the Top 5 World Series Favorites at MLB's Midway Point
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Catcher Yadier Molina has led the St. Louis Cardinals to one of baseball's best records so far.

At the approximate midway point of the 2013 MLB season, we're getting a better grasp on which teams can seriously make a World Series run.

One of last year's cellar dwellers joins a reigning pennant winner on this prestigious list of championship favorites.

Keep in mind, the keys to qualifying for the postseason aren't necessarily as important when you're facing elimination in October.

Just ask Bleacher Report's Zachary D. Rymer. He laid out his blueprint of common qualities that many recent title winners shared. Rymer's findings influenced what you'll see in the following slides, so open the article in a new tab and give it a thorough read...once you finish with this, of course.

Player movement between now and the trade deadline will obviously shake things up, but speculating who will land where—even with reputable sources—defeats the purpose of concrete analysis.

Let's stick with the latter and simply rank the top dogs, considering only players that they currently employ.

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