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CHICAGO -- Wrigley Field can be very fickle.

So far this season, the wind has blown in for 41 games, blown out for 14 and there's been a crosswind for 12 games. It makes a difference. When the wind blows in, teams are averaging 7.9 runs per game, and when it's blowing out, they average 10.9.

Does that affect what Cubs manager Dale Sveum does with his lineup?

"Right now it's blowing in, and by game time, it could be blowing out," Sveum said before Sunday's game against the Giants. "It's difficult to think you could set your lineup and go into it with a game plan. ... A lot of times you build your team or roster around a ballpark, and here it's difficult to build it around the wind."

He doesn't check the flags before making out his lineup card.

"I've come to find out, you don't do anything with your lineup," he said. "It just doesn't work that way. The bottom line is, when you get a set lineup, you get guys who can keep the line moving, that's the bottom line."

CHICAGO -- Wrigley Field can be very fickle.

So far this season, the wind has blown in for 41 games, blown out for 14 and there's been a crosswind for 12 games. It makes a difference. When the wind blows in, teams are averaging 7.9 runs per game, and when it's blowing out, they average 10.9.

Does that affect what Cubs manager Dale Sveum does with his lineup?

"Right now it's blowing in, and by game time, it could be blowing out," Sveum said before Sunday's game against the Giants. "It's difficult to think you could set your lineup and go into it with a game plan. ... A lot of times you build your team or roster around a ballpark, and here it's difficult to build it around the wind."

He doesn't check the flags before making out his lineup card.

"I've come to find out, you don't do anything with your lineup," he said. "It just doesn't work that way. The bottom line is, when you get a set lineup, you get guys who can keep the line moving, that's the bottom line."