Field of Dreams Game Betting Preview: Chicago Cubs vs. Cincinnati Reds August 11 Bet Picks

Field of Dreams Game Betting Preview: Chicago Cubs vs. Cincinnati Reds August 11 Bet Picks

Ryan Knuppel
2 years ago
3 min read
Field of Dreams Stadium in Iowa at sunset

On Thursday night, the Chicago Cubs and Cincinnati Reds will face off in a National League Central showdown. But this is anything but a normal meeting between these two teams, as they are taking part in the MLB Field of Dreams Game.

They will be playing in a cornfield in Iowa, paying tribute to one of the most iconic sports movies while trying to get a win in a battle among two of the worst teams in the NL Central.

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Field of Dreams Game Betting Odds

The Cincinnati Reds are the slight betting favorites in this matchup. Their moneyline is set at -113. On the other side, the Chicago Cubs moneyline is set at -104.

The total runs for this matchup is set at 9.

Chicago Cubs

The Chicago Cubs come into this game in third place in the NL Central but are just a game ahead of the last-place Reds in the standings. That puts some pressure on the Cubs to win this game, as a loss would put them into a tie with Cincinnati.

Instead, the Cubs will look to put some runs on the board early to help distance themselves from the Reds in the standings and avoid the potential for a last-place finish as the season winds down.

So far this season, the Cubs are 4-3 against the Reds and have won each of their last two games against Cincinnati.

During those last two meetings between these teams, the Cubs have outscored the Reds 23-10 in what has been two high-scoring affairs. Here, the Cubs will aim to continue their hot hitting against the Reds in one of the most unique venues for a baseball game.

Cincinnati Reds

Entering the Field of Dreams Game, the Cincinnati Reds have had a nightmare of the last few days. They were eviscerated by the New York Mets in a three-game series in New York, with the Reds unable to sustain any sort of momentum with their pitching or their hitting.

Here, the Reds will look to right their ship and work their way out of sole possession of last place in the NL Central.

While the Cubs have had the better of things against the Reds over the last couple of meetings between them, the Reds have proven themselves more than capable of competing with Chicago.

Cincinnati enjoyed a 20-5 win over the Cubs earlier in the season series, with a high-scoring game not out of the realm of possibility in this game either.

After the Field of Dreams Game was introduced with a high-scoring game between the Yankees and White Sox, this game could see similarly high totals on the scoreboard.

Keys to the Game

The biggest key to this game for both teams is going to be the ability of these teams not to get too caught up in the moment.

Playing in a cornfield in Iowa is one of the more unique circumstances in baseball and could be a distraction given what a departure it is from the normal routine. The team that does the better job of adjusting to this situation will have a huge edge in this game.

Pitching will be the other key to this game, as there is the potential for a ton of runs given the field conditions at this field.

The listed starting pitchers for this game both have records of .500 or worse and ERAs around 4.00. The team that gets more out of their starter will be in a great spot.

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