Nobody in power or authority at Busch Stadium denies that the 2016 season hasn’t panned out quite as well as they had hoped one year after winning 100 games. But one thing appears clear: Cardinals manager Mike Matheny’s job is not in jeopardy.

In an exclusive interview with the Post-Dispatch, Cardinals owner Bill DeWitt Jr. said Matheny’s job is safe.

“Mike’s done a really good job for us,” Mr. DeWitt said. “There’s no thought that we’re going to go in any different direction.”

Matheny, 46, is 457-348 with one National League pennant and four playoff appearances since he became the Cardinals’ manager in 2012. He still has a chance to lead the Cardinals to their sixth consecutive playoff berth and the fifth in a row under his watch.

Although the Cubs ran away with the NL Central crown, the Cardinals (82-75) are only one game behind the Giants for the second and final NL wild-card berth heading into the final five games of the season.

“Mike’s a great leader and he continues to be that,” DeWitt said. “And it just seems to be one of those years where things haven’t worked. That’s the nature of the game. You can’t fault any one of aspect of it. You have your ups and downs in baseball. You have 162 games. Things have a tendency of playing out in different directions.