As MLB takes an All-Star-break breather, a clear crop of World Series contenders has surfaced above a crowd of playoff candidates.

Even if the entire American League stays alive well past the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, one distinct favorite hovers a step over three other potent title threats. The National League, meanwhile, offers a simpler playoff picture beyond the mystery of what happened to the defending champions.

Baseball is rarely as easy as the best team's surviving the playoff gauntlet, but it happened last year when the Chicago Cubs snapped over a century of misery. While trying to prognosticate October baseball in July could confound anyone, that won't stop oddsmakers from dissecting each squad's playoff chances.

OddsShark unveiled updated odds to win the World Series on Monday. Although most projections make sense, a few squads are receiving too much love. Others deserve more.

Let's compare the Vegas lines with this author's personal projections to determine which squads are most likely to win it all this fall.