Thursday’s matchup between the New York Yankees and Chicago White Sox is sure to be a spectacle. Not only because it features two elite clubs but also because of the venue. After the “Field of Dreams” game was canceled last year, Major League Baseball makes its debut in Iowa at the site of the iconic 1989 film with a makeshift 8,000-seat stadium serving as host.
I’m sure the White Sox are hoping “Shoeless” Joe Jackson doesn’t put a damper on the festivities. Both teams are playing well in the lead up with the Yankees closing the gap in the AL East and wild card race by winning 12 of 15 games. We’ll see a battle of lefties in this matchup with New York’s Andrew Heaney opposing Carlos Rodon.
This AL contest takes place on Thursday, August 12, 2021 at 7:15 p.m. ET from Field of Dreams Park in Dyersville, IA. The game will air live on FOX with betting options for every game on the 2021 MLB schedule available at BookMaker.eu.
Yankees vs White Sox Money Line Odds
New York Yankees +149 | Chicago White Sox -169 [BET NOW]
Yankees vs White Sox Money Run Line Odds
New York Yankees +1.5 -140 | Chicago White Sox -1.5 +120 [BET NOW]
Yankees vs White Sox Over/Under
Total: 9.5 [BET NOW]
While it doesn’t seem like that long ago, many of the players on the field Thursday weren’t even around when the movie opened in theatres in 1989. And while the game will have a low minor-league feel to it based on the capacity, it’s a huge deal for MLB and the state of Iowa. All the hoopla won’t detract from what happens between the lines once the first pitch is tossed. The Yankees made a splash at the trade deadline to try and turn things around and it’s worked. They are 8-3 since the deadline following Tuesday’s game with Kansas City.
What’s more impressive is that they’ve been winning with a makeshift rotation. They have an imposing starting five currently on the IL and have gained ground with eight different pitchers getting a win since the deadline. It’s helped that the offense has picked things up averaging 5.3 runs since the start of August, more than a run per game higher than their season average.
It’s a different story for the Sox, who have a comfortable lead in the AL Central heading into the dog days of summer. Their division lead is currently the largest in MLB and they do have to avoid a letdown every so often. They dropped a pair of games last week to the Royals but responded by sweeping the rival Cubs over the weekend. A top-10 offense and a top-5 pitching staff have the Sox rolling in dough on the runline. They are up over $1400 against the spread thanks to their +131 run differential, third-best in the bigs.
Recently acquired Andrew Heaney (7-8, 5.45 ERA) is scheduled to make his third start in pinstripes since coming over from the Halos. The numbers haven’t been good but the lefty was efficient last time out in a win over Seattle. After giving up a pair of runs in each of the first two innings he settled down with four scoreless frames allowing his mates to play catch up. He’s allowed four earned in each of his New York starts with a 7.20 ERA and five home runs surrendered in just 10 innings.
A coveted lefty with promising stuff, Heaney hasn’t lived up to the hype. While he had a few strong outings with the Angels he still pitched to an ERA over 5.00 with a 1.31 WHIP in 18 games. His first start of the season was against the Sox back in April when he was tagged for five hits and seven earned runs in 3.0 innings in a 12-8 loss.
The Sox boast one of the most durable and productive rotations in the game with Carlos Rodon (9-5, 2.38 ERA) a big piece. The lefty followed one of his worst outings of the season with one of his best tossing five scoreless frames with 11 strikeouts in a 4-0 win over the Cubs on Saturday. That came after allowing four runs on eight hits over four innings in a loss to the Royals. Rodon tossed a no-hitter back in April and three starts ago shut down the high-powered Astros allowing one hit with 10 punchouts in seven scoreless innings.
The lefty’s been tough to hit allowing only 75 hits in 109.2 innings for a sparkling 0.96 WHIP. His ERA of 2.38 would rank sixth in MLB if he had enough innings to qualify. Rodon was on when he faced the Yankees earlier this season allowing only two hits with 13 strikeouts over six scoreless innings. He was saddled with a ND when the offense failed to generate anything.
New York Yankees vs Chicago White Sox Prediction
Our picks: Chicago White Sox / OVER
With such a big lead in their division motivation is going to be a factor for the Sox. There shouldn’t be a problem getting up for this game, though. The Yankees swept a three-game series earlier and need to make a push, but they haven’t figured out Rodon and the Sox have a much deeper bullpen with Yankees’ Aroldis Chapman on the IL. New York’s pen has been a nightmare and Heaney isn’t going deep, giving the edge to the Sox.
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