ST. LOUIS -- Dale Sveum's goal for the second half isn't just to post a .500 record for that time period, but for the Cubs to finish the season at .500.
That's a lofty goal for a team that began play Friday with a 38-53 record.
"There's no reason having a goal if it's not set high," Sveum said Friday. "To get there, it's going to be tough, obviously, to play 23 games over .500 to get to .500, but that's a goal. When you set goals, that's what you reach for -- you might come up a little short but you're a lot better off than setting a crappy goal and coming up short on that. Then you're really screwed."
The Cubs were on pace to lose more than 100 games at the All-Star break, but since June 25, the team has gone 14-5, the best record in the Major Leagues.
"You have to give the players as much credit as anything," Sveum said, adding they've maintained good work habits and a positive attitude during the tough times.
"Whether people call it 'trying to change a culture' or whatever, that's the idea of everything we do is try to be consistent with preparation and understanding about making yourself a better player every day and paying attention to details and paying attention to how important defense is," Sveum said.