Chicago Cubs: 10 Reasons the Improved Second Half Saved Dale Sveum's Job

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Chicago Cubs: 10 Reasons the Improved Second Half Saved Dale Sveum's Job
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Sveum's Cubs are in for another losing season

If the Chicago Cubs' season started last Friday with their series against the Pittsburgh Pirates they would be in first place in the NL Central and Dale Sveum would be on top of the world.

Don't blink because you might miss it. The Cubs are on a four-game winning streak entering tonight's contest with the equally dismal Houston Astros. It is the first the Cubs have strung together four wins since winning the last game before the All-Star break and sweeping their first series back against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

At 55-86 and 29.5 games out of first place, it seems useless to pull any positives out of Sveum's first season as the Cubs' head coach.

All things considered, he's done about as good a job as any manager could have done with a team that features an active roster nearly half-filled with rookies and second-year players.

Sveum's job is secure through the start of next season, but hard work at the end of this one and in the offseason will dictate his fate in 2013.

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