CHICAGO -- A wind that was blowing out to straightaway center field during batting practice shifted a bit at game time, not that starting pitchers Jake Peavy of the White Sox and Paul Maholm of the Cubs were rejoicing.
Instead, the brisk breeze had move directly toward left field.
After blowing in, heavy at times, the entire month of April and early May, it was the first time the wind has blown out this season with any conviction.
The Cubs could use the help. They entered play Sunday 12th in the 16-team National League in home runs. The change in the weather, from cool to warm, should help the Cubs in the power department.
“Just as long as it’s not consistent on the other side too,” manager Dale Sveum said. “Today will be the first day all year, you can tell, with the way the wind is blowing and how hard it’s blowing that you have a chance to have one of those Wrigley days today.”
The White Sox might not need as much help. They hit three home runs Saturday, with two of those going to left field. They entered seventh in the American League in home runs.