The Reds are one of the four teams this season that have had hit multiple home runs in a game against Drew Smyly. In a hitter-friendly Field of Dreams game, I'll back the Reds.
The Field of Dreams game is tonight in Iowa at 715 EST and it features two NL Central teams in the Reds and Cubs. There has been just one other Field of Dreams game and that was last season so the sample size isn’t very big, but if you remember last year the ball was absolutely flying. The White Sox and Yankees hit four home runs each in the game last season that ended in a score of 9-8 after the Yankees scored four in the top of the 9th before the White Sox walked it off in the bottom of the 9th. I think it will be a similar game tonight with plenty of scoring. The Cubs have been terrible against lefties this season but I think you can kinda throw out season long numbers. This is a big game, especially for these two teams who will both definitely miss the playoffs. This will essentially be their only playoff game of the year, or at least only game with a playoff like atmosphere. That means hitters are more focused and don’t wanna give any at bats away. Nick Lodolo is a rookie so we have no idea how he’ll perform and he allowed 4 walks and 2 home runs in 4.2 IP in his last outing against the Brewers. Drew Smyly pitched well last outing but that was against the worst team in the league against lefties in the Marlins, the Reds also crush lefties. Neither bullpen is great after the trades at the trade deadline and all the regular starters will be in. I like this over.