Dale Sveum faced a defining moment with the Cubs after the brutal, and embarrassing, four-game sweep at the hands of the Nationals this week.
A continuation of the poor play we saw in DC risked sending the team into an all-out tailspin, one not only setting the course for the Cubs to set a dubious new franchise single-season loss record (103), but also undermining Sveum’s leadership in the clubhouse.
Sveum, however, has met the task with full-force guiding his club to back-to-back road wins against a playoff contender and positioning the Cubs for an impressive three-game sweep against the Pirates this afternoon.
It’s a credit to Sveum and his coaching staff because, if there is such a thing as a ‘big win’ for a team playing 30-games under .500, this series is it.
The Cubs may still slip to 100 or more losses before all’s said and done, but at least it appears it won’t come at the cost of the clubhouse having lost faith in the manager. And that’s a big deal for the man expected to lead this rebuild for years to come.