Chicago Cubs starters pitched poorly in their last visit to Minneapolis, but chances are they could fare better in the franchise's first visit to pitcher-friendly Target Field.
The Cubs will make their first trip to the Minnesota Twins' current home Friday night in the opener of a three-game series between two of baseball's worst teams.
Chicago (19-38) was swept by Minnesota (22-34) in 2006, with its starters posting a 7.88 ERA. The Twins outscored the Cubs 18-3 in that three-game series at the Metrodome.
Cubs manager Dale Sveum, who visited Target Field with the Milwaukee Brewers, is excited about seeing the spacious venue again.
"It's probably one of the best venues there is as far as atmosphere," Sveum told the Cubs' official website. "They built a unique stadium. It plays a little big sometimes, but when the weather is warm, it plays a lot different."
Playing big would benefit any pitching staff. The Cubs are pitching well right now, ...