Red Sox finally the 2018 World Series favorite, according to oddsmaker

It took 120 games, but the Boston Red Sox are finally 2018 World Series favorites. Despite the team’s strong performance this season, they were buried behind other clubs for that honor until Tuesday.

In the latest update from Bovada, the Red Sox have 7-2 odds to win the 2018 World Series. They edge out the Houston Astros, who also saw their odds improve since the beginning of August, but not as much as the Red Sox.

2018 World Series odds: August 15
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2018 World Series odds: August 15

Toronto Blue Jays: Off the board

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Texas Rangers: Off the board

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San Diego Padres: Off the board

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New York Mets: Off the board

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Miami Marlins: Off the board

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Kansas City Royals: Off the board

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Detroit Tigers: Off the board

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Chicago White Sox: Off the board

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Baltimore Orioles: Off the board

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Tampa Bay Rays: 900/1

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Minnesota Twins: 900/1

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Cincinnati Reds: 900/1

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Los Angeles Angels: 300/1

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San Francisco Giants: 80/1

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Pittsburgh Pirates: 50/1

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St. Louis Cardinals: 45/1

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Colorado Rockies: 40/1

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Seattle Mariners: 30/1

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Washington Nationals: 26/1

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Oakland Athletics: 20/1

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Arizona Diamondbacks: 18/1

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Philadelphia Phillies: 16/1

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Milwaukee Brewers: 16/1

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Atlanta Braves: 15/1

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Cleveland Indians: 12/1

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Chicago Cubs: 19/2

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New York Yankees: 7/1

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Los Angeles Dodgers: 6/1

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Houston Astros: 4/1

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Boston Red Sox: 7/2

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The move makes sense. At 85-35, the Red Sox have the best record in baseball by quite a bit. The team has opened up an incredible 10-game lead over the New York Yankees, who have the fourth-best World Series odds in Bovada’s latest update.

Indians, Diamondbacks and Athletics all see World Series odds improve

The Red Sox and Astros weren’t the only teams to see their odds get better. The Cleveland Indians, Arizona Diamondbacks, Oakland Athletics, Washington Nationals, St. Louis Cardinals and Los Angeles Angels all have stronger odds to win it all now.

Oakland, St. Louis and Cleveland have all gone 8-2 over their last 10 games, which has boosted their chances. The D-backs may have been helped by the Los Angeles Dodgers falling behind lately. The Nationals and Angels have played better lately, but both still need to do a lot of work to get back into contention.

Dodgers, Yankees and Cubs see their World Series odds get worse

The Dodgers, Yankees and Chicago Cubs all have worse World Series odds in the latest update. The Dodgers have struggled lately, going 3-7 over their last 10 games. The Cubs and Yankees have continued to perform well. Those three teams are still considered strong candidates to win it all, though.

Mets, Padres and Blue Jays no longer have World Series odds

The New York Mets, San Diego Padres and Toronto Blue Jays are now off the board. You could have bet on them to win it all a few weeks ago, but not anymore. That’s probably a good thing.

The Minnesota Twins, Cincinnati Reds and Tampa Bay Rays could join them next. All three clubs have 900/1 odds to win it all.

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Chris Cwik is a writer for Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter!

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