HOUSTON -- With the Astros switching to the American League in 2013, the Cubs won't be coming to Houston nearly as often in the future.
Manager Dale Sveum said he didn't really think about that consequence of the Astros' move, but he did enjoy coming to Minute Maid Park, especially as a hitting coach.
"It was a nice place to hit," Sveum said. "It's one of those places where at least when you come to the park, you don't have to worry about anything. The elements are going to be the same every day. It's just a nice park."
The Cubs entered Wednesday's game with a 50-52 record at Minute Maid Park since it opened for the 2000 season. All-time, the Cubs are 142-207 in Houston (9-18 at Colt Stadium, 83-137 at the Astrodome), entering Wednesday.
Houston's move to the AL West also had massive ramifications for the 2013 schedule, released Wednesday. Sveum had a chance to check out what the Cubs' next season will look like.
"It's an interesting schedule, no doubt about it," Sveum said.
He voiced the most concern about the Cubs' schedule in April. Chicago starts on the road in Pittsburgh on April 1, followed by a day off on April 2. The Cubs then play 12 games in 12 days before an off-day on April 15, then 15 games in the last 15 days of the month.
"If everybody has to play that many games in 30 days, it's very difficult to get your pitching ready for those kind of innings and those pitch counts that early," Sveum said.
After playing the White Sox six times a year since 1999, the Cubs will only play four games against the Southsiders in 2013, two at U.S. Cellular Field on May 27-28 followed by two at Wrigley Field on May 29-30.
"That's one unique thing that's pretty cool," Sveum said.