As the Cubs await Monday's decision on the future of manager Dale Sveum and his coaching staff pitcher Jeff Samardzija looks forward to providing some security for himself and optimism for Cubs fans.

"It's always felt like home no matter the changes I've had under a lot of different players and managers and the different teams I've played for" Samardzija said Saturday on the eve of his final start of 2013. "It's been kind of a crazy little journey for six years but I love being here and (I'm) excited to see what happens this offseason and see how this team can grow and get better."

For many around the Cubs (66-95) Sunday's regular-season finale can't come soon enough following Saturday's 6-2 loss to the Cardinals their 11th defeat in 14 games.

Edwin Jackson left after suffering mild discomfort in his right latissimus dorsi but the injury is believed to be minor. Jackson left after allowing six runs in only 22/3 innings that swelled his ERA to 4.98.

"It was a (lousy) year to sum it up" Jackson said after a career-worst 8-18 season.

Meanwhile Samardzija (8-12) said he hasn't been told there will be any limitations when he tries to extend his career highs of 2072/3 innings and 210 strikeouts.

The biggest challenge will be continuing his growth after only two seasons as a full-time starter that could culminate in an extension this winter.