MLB Betting Picks – New York Yankees vs. Chicago White Sox Field of Dreams Game

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Major League Baseball makes its debut in the state of Iowa on Thursday when the New York Yankees take on the Chicago White Sox in the “Field of Dreams” game. More than 30 years after the movie was filmed the teams will duke it out on a makeshift field in the Dyersville cornfield. The game has attracted plenty of attention for its location, but it also features two clubs battling for playoff positioning in the American League. The Sox were scheduled to start lefty Carlos Rodon until an injury landed him on the IL. Instead, ERA leader Lance Lynn will toe the bump for the AL Central leaders against Andrew Heaney.

This AL matchup will air live on FOX at 7:15 p.m. ET from Field of Dreams Park. Betting options for every game on the 2021 MLB schedule are available at

New York Yankees vs. Chicago White Sox
Date and Time: Thursday, August 12, 2021, 7:15 p.m. ET
Location: Field of Dreams Park, Dyersville, IA
Probable Pitchers: Andrew Heaney vs. Lance Lynn
Opening MLB Odds: Chicago -160, New York +140, O/U 9.5
Yankees vs. Braves TV Coverage: FOX

Odds Analysis

The White Sox hit the board as a big -160 favorite with news of Lynn starting this matchup. Owning the biggest division lead of any team, the Sox have to fight off complacency. That shouldn’t be a problem on Thursday with the hoopla surrounding the game and facing the Yankees. The Sox dropped two of three games to Kansas City last week and again to the Twins at the start of this week. They did post a three-game sweep of the rival Cubs in between. And the Sox no doubt remember what happened earlier in the year when they were swept by the Yankees in the Bronx getting outscored 14-5 in three games.

Taking advantage of playing in a division where they’re the only team with a winning record, the Sox have still been dominant for much of the season. Boasting a top-10 offense and a pitching staff with the fifth-best ERA, they’ve cashed in on the runline up over $1200. They need the bats to wake up, though, after getting shutout 1-0 by the Twinkies on Wednesday.

Proving that the MLB season is a marathon and not a sprint, the Yankees made up ground over the last several weeks. They cut their gap in the AL East to 6.0 games and moved with 2.0 games of the Red Sox for the Wild Card spot. It’s not quite where they want or hoped to be at this point, but it’s much better than the first half when they squandered opportunities. The club made moves at the deadline and those are paying off. The Yankees are 9-3 since July 30.

Probable Pitchers

New York struck a deal with the Angels for Andrew Heaney (7-8, 5.45 ERA) to bolster the rotation that’s been decimated by injuries. In two starts the lefty has compiled an ERA of 7.20 with five home runs allowed and a 1.30 WHIP across 10.0 innings. There were encouraging signs last time out, though, when he blanked Seattle over the final four innings of an eventual 5-4 victory. Heaney started 18 games for the Angles going 6-7 with a 5.27 ERA across 94 innings fanning 113 hitters.

Heaney faced the Sox while with the Halos back in April getting gutted for seven earned runs on five hits in 3.0 innings, his shortest outing of the season. He is 2-1 in his last three starts against the Bombers but his ERA in that span is a bloated 7.88.

With Rodon scratched from the assignment the Sox turn to Lance Lynn (10-3, 2.04 ERA), who has been spectacular in his first season with the club. Lynn has allowed one run or less in six of his last seven starts and boasts MLB’s lowest ERA. He hasn’t had a decision in two starts though he deserved better against the Cubs last time out. He allowed four hits and one run with eight punchouts over 6.0 innings in a game the Sox won in extras.

Part of Lynn’s success is his command. He’s walked just 35 batters and yielded 10 homers across 114.2 innings. Opponents are hitting .200 off him with an OPS of .573. Since the start of July Lynn is 3-0 with a 2.00 ERA in six starts. The Sox are 5-1 in those games.

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The game will have a different feel to it in a limited capacity ballpark in a cornfield in Iowa. That won’t take away from what happens between the lines once the first pitch is tossed. In a battle of starters the advantage goes to the Sox, and they have a strong bullpen compared to that of the Yankees. While New York is on a roll since the start of the month the Sox will be geared up for this one. I also expect the bats to come alive against Heaney leading to a Sox victory.

MLB Score Prediction: White Sox 6, Yankees 3

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- Phil Simon,

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