Thursday brings one of the most unusual locations for a Major League Baseball game in history as the New York Yankees visit the Chicago White Sox at the “Field of Dreams” movie location in Iowa – the first-ever MLB game in that state. The Sox are favored on the MLB odds.
How to Bet Yankees at White Sox MLB Odds & TV Info
- When: Thursday, 7:15 PM ET
- Where: Field of Dreams, Dyersville, Iowa
- Probable pitchers (away/home): Fox
- TV: Fox Sports Go
- Stream/gameday audio: https://www.mlb.com/live-stream-games/
- Opening MLB Lines: White Sox -150, Yankees +140 (total 9)
Field Of Dreams Info
Major League Baseball constructed an 8,000-seat stadium in Dyersville, Iowa, specifically for this game. It is located adjacent to the iconic Field of Dreams movie site. It’ll be 335 feet down the lines and 400 feet to center. The alleys will be 380 feet. The bullpens, located behind the 12-foot-high padded wall in center field, are designed to resemble old Comiskey Park in Chicago. A manual scoreboard will be in the corn just behind the right field fence. A “corn maze” adorned with MLB’s iconic silhouetted batter logo is located beyond the right field fence. Both the Yankees and White Sox will wear uniforms from the early 20th century.
Why Bet on New York?
The Yanks remain without first baseman Anthony Rizzo, catcher Gary Sanchez, third baseman Gio Urshela, shortstop Gleyber Torres, closer Aroldis Chapman and a few starting pitchers who are either on the injured or COVID list. Slugger Giancarlo Stanton didn’t play Wednesday but it was simply a day off. Stanton has reached base multiple times in seven of his last eight games. He is batting .355/.459/.484 (11-for-31) with 6R, 1 double, 1HR, 8RBI, 5BB and 1HP in that span and has multiple hits in five of those eight games.
It will be lefty Andrew Heaney (7-8) on the mound here. Heaney allowed four runs over six innings last Saturday in a win over the Mariners. Heaney looked like he was in trouble early on, coughing up a two-run homer to Kyle Seager in the opening inning. He also issued a bases-loaded walk and needed 38 pitches to get through the second inning.
Manager Aaron Boone said he was a batter away from pulling Heaney, but he stuck with him because of the thin bullpen. Heaney managed to settle down and strike out nine batters to notch his first win since joining New York on July 30.
“Obviously, after the first two innings, I probably put a scare into everybody — probably into Boone, everybody in the bullpen [was] probably scrambling a little bit, trying to figure out how to get through this game,” Heaney said.
The 30-year-old has allowed eight runs on 10 hits, including five home runs, with a 13/3 K/BB ratio across 10 innings over two starts since being acquired from the Angels at the trade deadline. Heaney has a 5.45 ERA overall this year.
Why Bet on Chicago?White Sox manager Tony La Russa will miss the Field of Dreams game. La Russa’s sister’s husband has passed away and the funeral is on Thursday in Florida. Miguel Cairo will fill in as manager against the Yankees in Iowa.
The White Sox were going to start lefty Carlos Rodon, a Cy Young candidate, he was put on the injured list Wednesday with left shoulder fatigue. Bit of a surprise as Rodon was brilliant in his last turn through the rotation Saturday against the Cubs, tallying 11 strikeouts and yielding just two hits over five scoreless innings. The 2021 All-Star is having a career year on the South Side. Rodon is 9-5 with a 2.38 ERA and 0.957 WHIP. He is striking out batters at a stellar 13.1 K/9 rate. Rodon leads the American League in batting average against (.189) and OPS against (.566) amongst starters with at least 100 innings pitched.
To take Rodon’s spot, the team called up Matt Foster from Triple-A Charlotte. Foster, 26, is 0-1 with a 1.17 ERA (1 ER/7.2 IP) and 14 strikeouts over seven appearances with Charlotte this season. He also has gone 2-1 with a 5.64 ERA (19 ER/30.1 IP), one save, two holds and 33 strikeouts in 29 relief appearances over three stints with the Sox in 2021.
It will be Lance Lynn on the mound; he was to pitch Wednesday at Minnesota but was pushed back with the Rodon news. Lynn (10-3) leads MLB with a 2.04 ERA and ranks among American League leaders in ERA (1st), opp. AVG (1st, .200), wins (T3rd, 10), SO/9.0 IP (4th, 10.20) and WHIP (4th, 1.05). He is 3-0 with 1.85 ERA (8 ER/39.0 IP), 44 strikeouts and a .208 (30-144) opponents average in his last seven starts.
Lynn has gone 2-2 with a 3.60 ERA (10 ER/25.0 IP), 22 strikeouts and a .207 (19-92) opponents average in four career starts vs. the Yankees. He made his last start against them on Sept. 29, 2019 (W; 1 ER/7.1 IP).
Chicago rested starters Tim Anderson, Yoan Moncada and Luis Robert on Wednesday but all three will play in this one.
- Yankees are 4-1 in their last 5 during game 1 of a series.
- Yankees are 5-2 in their last 7 vs. a team with a winning record.
- White Sox are 4-0 in their last 4 during game 1 of a series.
- White Sox are 5-0 in their last 5 vs. American League East.
- Yankees are 5-0 in the last 5 meetings.
- White Sox 5, Yankees 3
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