It’s not quite heaven, but Thursday’s Field of Dreams game between the White Sox and Yankees will be a sight to behold.
Chicago and New York will battle on Thursday at 6:15 p.m. CST on Fox. Lance Lynn (10-3, 2.04 ERA) will pitch for the White Sox, while Andrew Heaney (7-8, 5.45 ERA) will go for the Yankees.
Carlos Rodon was originally supposed to start for Chicago, but the team placed him on the 10-day IL on Wednesday with shoulder fatigue. Prior to the news, he had the second-shortest AL Cy Young odds at DraftKings in Illinois (+300). Luckily for the Sox, Lynn is the favorite to capture the hardware at -180.
How to bet on the Field of Dreams game
The game will take place in the cornfields of Dyersville, Iowa, near the 1989 movie set. There are 8,000 seats at the stadium, and tickets are reportedly going for thousands of dollars.
Take a sneak peak at the threads:
If you build it… pic.twitter.com/Mbr37KJk07
— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) August 9, 2021
You can legally bet on the game at Iowa or Illinois online sportsbooks. Though in Illinois, you must have one or multiple apps already downloaded in order to do so. Otherwise, you’ll have to visit a retail sportsbook in order to sign up in person.
Here are the MLB odds for the Field of Dreams game.
White Sox vs. Yankees Field of Dreams game odds
DraftKings was the first Illinois sportsbook to have lines up for White Sox vs. Yankees. Here’s where DraftKings pits Lynn vs. Heaney as of Wednesday afternoon:
- Moneyline: White Sox (-195), Yankees +165)
- Run line: White Sox -1.5 (+110), Yankees +1.5 (-130)
- Run total: Over 8.5 (-105), under 8.5 (-115)
Here are the latest Field of Dreams odds at legal sportsbooks in Illinois:
For casual baseball observers, it might be surprising to see the White Sox favored by this much over the Yankees.
Even though Chicago is 4.5 games better than New York in the standings, the Yankees are favored in most of the games they play. However, pitching matchups matter a lot in baseball, and the Sox have the clear edge for the Field of Dreams Game.
Lynn is a legitimate Cy Young candidate and is currently the clear favorite to win the award DraftKings.
He has a 4.3 WAR (wins above replacement) this season to Heaney’s 0.9 mark. Heaney, a lefty, also struggled in his first two starts as a Yankee after being acquired from the Angels. He has a 7.20 ERA in 10 innings.
The White Sox have also dominated left-handed pitching dating back to the 2020 season. With Eloy Jimenez and Luis Robert back in the lineup, there are few safe spots for opposing pitchers to attack.
With all of that said, the Yankees have plenty of firepower and swept the Sox in the Bronx earlier this season. Despite an underwhelming start, they are 7-3 in their last 10 games after adding Joey Gallo and Anthony Rizzo at the trade deadline.
Fans won’t see Rizzo in the Field of Dreams game, though, due to a positive COVID-19 test. Still, with Gallo, Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton likely in the lineup, Lynn will face a tall task on Thursday.
Lynn did not face the Yankees the last time these teams squared off.
DraftKings same game parlays in Illinois
DraftKings — taking a page out of FanDuel’s playbook — now offers same-game parlays in Illinois. A same-game parlay is when you can parlay multiple bets in the same game (for example, Lynn’s strikeout over and a White Sox win).
These are popular among bettors, and you can imagine the possibilities of parlaying various same game prop bets.
Another example of a same-game parlay would be Jimenez hitting a home run and the run total going over 7.5 runs.
Jimenez has been excellent since coming off of the IL, smacking five homers in 10 games. It is built, and a lot of star White Sox and Yankees are coming.