The MLB Field of Dreams game between the Chicago White Sox and New York Yankees should be must-watch TV tonight.
But Thursday’s game (7 p.m., FOX) isn’t just for TV viewers.
Thanks to some special offers from Virginia sportsbooks, sports bettors also have many reasons to watch the one-of-a-kind game.
After all, who doesn’t want to watch?
The game, which is a sort of tribute to the famed baseball flick “Field of Dreams,” takes place at the Field of Dreams ballpark in Dyersville, Iowa. Universal Pictures built the facility for the 1989 film, and it’s since become a popular tourist attraction in the Iowa cornfields. MLB officials then retooled the 8,000-seat ballpark, and now it’ll host the first-ever MLB game played in the state of Iowa.
Pretty cool, huh?
So, what do bettors need to know before this nostalgic night of baseball?
Field Of Dreams betting odds
Chicago will serve as the home team, and White Sox ace Lance Lynn (10-3, 2.04 ERA) is on the mound. Yankees starting pitcher Andrew Heaney (7-8, 5.45 ERA) will oppose him.
As of midday on Thursday, the White Sox (67-48, 1st in AL Central) were -166 favorites and the Yankees (63-51, 3rd in AL East) were +140 underdogs on the moneyline at FanDuel.
The over-under was 9.5, with the under at -115 and the over at -105.
Bettors can also wager on the spread, or baseball runline, with Chicago -1.5 (+114) and New York +1.5 (-137).
The weather for the game should be gorgeous: temperatures in the 70s, mostly clear, and light winds.
Field of Dreams promos at VA sportsbooks
If you’re watching from home in Virginia, sportsbooks have plenty of betting promos for the game.
Here are some of them.
FanDuel’s $5 Field of Dingers
FanDuel is using the Field of Dreams game to spotlight its same-game parlays.
Its Field of Dingers promotion will award you a $5 bonus in site credit for each home run hit by either team (max $35). With this promo, everyone is going to dig the long ball.
To be eligible, you simply need to place a same-game parlay wager of at least three legs on the Yankees-White Sox game. The final price must have odds of +400 or longer.
Because you can qualify only with a same-game parlay, that means straight wagers, cashed out bets, odds boosts, and live bets are ineligible.
+100 odds on White Sox at Caesars
Chicago is a pretty big favorite in the Field of Dreams game, but you can get +100 odds with Caesars Sportsbook‘s Field of Dreams Game Super Boost.
Caesars has juiced the line for the home team with even-money odds for the White Sox.
The max wager is $25. Considering the normal Yankees odds are -160 at Caesars, the boost has definitely earned its “super” status.
DraftKings: $10 free bet
Just in time for the Field of Dreams game, DraftKings in VA is offering all customers a $10 MLB free bet.
Use it for tonight’s Iowa game, or save it for any other MLB game through Aug. 18.
The free wager can’t be used on live bets, cash out bets, voided bets, or odds boosts.
Otherwise, pick a side in the Field of Dreams game or find another game on the MLB schedule that catches your eye.
Home run-happy Odds Boosts
If you’re convinced that balls will be leaving the yard tonight, Unibet and BetRivers have some HR-geared odds boosts.
Each of them requires the Yankees and Sox to combine for at least five home runs in the game.
Unibet is offering +160 odds on that possibility, and BetRivers has +140 odds.
And sure, plus-money odds are always nice. However, before you plunk down too much money on the odds boosts, consider the fact that the Yankees average just 1.2 HRs per game, and the White Sox average just 1.16. The bats are really going to have to catch fire in Iowa for the teams to reach the 5-HR minimum,