And if anyone in the clubhouse is ticked off at the Cubs' losing skid, which reached 20 losses in 24 games after the Twins pounded them 11-3 Saturday, he is hiding it well.
So, is Sveum getting ticked?
"It's getting a little boring now, obviously, with these kinds of losses," he said. "We haven't had many of these, thank goodness. Most of them have been very close ballgames. (We're) in every ballgame for the most part. … Losing, you can take only so much of it, and the consistency of it now is getting a little out of hand. That's for sure."
The Cubs fell to 1-8 on the trip after Saturday's loss, dropping to 19-40 overall. They also have dropped a franchise record 12 straight one-run decisions, breaking the 1915 mark, as well as 15 of their last 16road games. All this puts them on pace for 110 losses.
It's a broken record that keeps getting replayed.
"(Sveum) knows we're working hard to try to get better," Alfonso Soriano said. "The confidence is down. We have to work to get our confidence back. That's the problem in this clubhouse right now."
Jeff Samardzija, who has been one of their most consistent pitchers all season, was the main culprit in Saturday's loss. He gave up eight runs on nine hits and was knocked out during a six-run fourth inning. He didn't have command of his split-fingered fastball so the Twins sat on his fastball.
The last time the Cubs went through a prolonged stretch this awful was in 1999. That season they went 10-40 from July 23 to Sept. 12 after having the best record in baseball on June 9. They ended up firing manager Jim Riggleman after the season.
Sveum's first year as Cubs' manager certainly has been a trying experience. He has a three-year deal to get things right on the North Side, but the team will have to be gutted for a re-boot sometime between now and 2013.
"It's not on him," Samardzija said of Sveum. "It's on the guys here in the locker room. … He has every right to be upset, and he has kept his cool. It shows a lot, and says a lot about him as a manager.
"Things like that you don't forget down the road. But he also understands we're working hard and we're trying to go in the right direction. We just need to get better."