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September 30, 2013

Sveum in limbo after Cubs' 4-0 loss to Cardinals

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Chicago Cubs manager Dale Sveum can see the writing on the wall.

Sveum spoke like a man about to lose his job following the Cubs' season-ending 4-0 loss at St. Louis on Sunday.

The Cubs closed the campaign dropping 41 of their final 59 games, including six of their final seven.

They finished last in the NL Central with 66-96 mark.

"It might be tough saying goodbye to the guys and stuff like that," Sveum said. "I'd be lying if I said I didn't think about it. We'll find out in 12 hours, 15, whatever it is."

Sveum went 127-197 in his two seasons at the helm. He has one year left on a three-year deal signed before the 2012 season.

Sveum is scheduled to meet with team president Theo Epstein on Monday to discuss his future. After Sunday's game, Sveum went through the locker room, shaking hands and hugging every player.

"I think he's a great guy, he's a great coach," said pitcher Jeff Samardzija, the loser Sunday. "You've just got to look at this thing as a whole. It's not our call, so it's whatever they want to do. They'll do what's best for the organization.

Matt Carpenter and the Cardinals clinched home-field advantage throughout the National League playoffs with their sixth straight win.

With the top seed, the NL Central champions will host the wild-card winner in Game 1 of an NL division series on Thursday.

Joe Kelly (10-5) pitched 5 1-3 innings of three-hit ball in relief of Jake Westbrook as the Cardinals matched a season-high winning streak to finish 97-65, their most since reaching 100 in 2005. St. Louis also won six straight from April 30-May 5.

The Cardinals have won eight of nine and 17 of 22.

Carpenter, who went 0 for 4, finished the campaign with a league-leading 199 hits. He struck out in the seventh in his last opportunity

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