MLB Field Of Dreams Game: Build It And They Will Gamble

Written By Staff on August 11, 2021
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After the first-ever “Field Of Dreams” game was announced back in 2019 and subsequently canceled in 2020, excitement has been building. This unique baseball game takes place in Dyersville, Iowa on Aug. 12, 2021, next to the baseball field from the famed 1989 movie.

The AL Central-leading Chicago White Sox play “host” to the New York Yankees – currently third in the AL East. Chicago is giving up a home game from the series and is the closer team, giving them the home team designation.

Find odds and betting insights for the “Field of Dreams” game below.

Field of Dreams Game Odds

The White Sox are listed at on the moneyline while the Yankees are . The runline is listed at . This game matches two strong offenses — at least on paper — and according to The Des Moines Register, the park dimensions appear favorable to hitters.

Chicago ace Carlos Rodón (9-5, 2.38 ERA) will take the mound with fellow southpaw Andrew Heaney (7-8, 5.45 ERA) penciled in for the Yankees.

Rodón ranks third in the MLB with 160 strikeouts. He entered the season on the fringes of even making the roster but has found great success thanks to hugely boosted fastball velocity. After a career average of 94 mph, he’s at 95.8 this year. He has trimmed the walks to the lowest rate of his career (6.8%). Put it together and the former top prospect has become a top Cy Young contender.

Heaney, meanwhile, has done a halfway decent Rodon impression in the strikeout and walk departments. He has fanned 126 in 104 innings and his 7.6% walk rate is solid. It’s the rest of the package that’s missing. His contact management continues to stink as he’s allowed a whopping 1.82 HR/9. A too-hittable 92 mph fastball appears to be the culprit.

The White Sox bats have helped boost the team to their current first-place division standing. They’re scoring 4.95 runs per game (sixth) and a 0.249 team batting average (eighth). The Yankees, on the other hand, are 23rd and 18th in runs scored and team batting average, respectively. In terms of context-neutral production, the White Sox rank sixth in wOBA (.326) with the Yanks down at 16th (.316).

Both teams boast elite bullpens.

This season, the Yankees did sweep the White Sox in their only meeting back in May. The first game of this three-game series will be the “Field of Dreams” Game.

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A Unique Setting For An MLB Game

Major League Baseball built a brand new 8,000-capacity baseball stadium in the cornfields of Iowa. The stadium will be within walking distance to the original baseball field from the movie. A pathway through the cornfield connects the two ballparks.

“Field Of Dreams” is one of the most popular baseball movies of all time. While MLB expands its footprint with games in new locations like London, it never forgets the history of the game.

The outfield fences show the cornfields that bury the park. If you’re looking for an authentic feel, this ballpark gives it.

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