It was a bad day to be a starting pitcher in Chicago, unless your name was Jonathan Niese, who allowed only one run on eight hits over seven innings for the Mets.
"I'd be lying if I wasn't concerned a little bit with the numbers and the execution of pitches," manager Dale Sveum said. "He hasn't been too good for four or five starts now."
Sveum said he wasn't sure whether the problem was a lack of confidence, mechanical issues, concentration problems or a combo platter.
"The magic question is which one it is," he said.
Sveum said he has no plans to take Samardzija out of the rotation.
Samardzija was particularly disappointed in the four walks, all of which turned into runs.
"That's all you need to know," he said.
Samardzija spoke of a learning process and making adjustments but still has confidence in his stuff.
"I'm really concerned about it," he said. "I want to win, especially after winning those first two games. … I'm not concerned as a whole, but just concerned as a competitor and as a teammate of my guys who have been playing their butts off these last few days. To come in and let them down isn't what I'm all about. It doesn't sit well with me at all."
Wells update: The Cubs could have optioned Wells to Triple-A Iowa, but instead designated him for assignment to open a roster spot for Cuban outfielder Jorge Soler, who is expected to officially sign his nine-year, $30 million deal before Monday's deadline.
Wells (1-2, 5.34 ERA) lasted only three innings Tuesday, walking four batters, including opposing pitcher Dillon Gee.
"The pitch count gets up so high, he can't even get up to five innings," Sveum said. "He's got to go down and get better than that."
Asked why Wells was designated for assignment rather than simply optioned to Iowa, Sveum simply said: "Because we needed a roster spot."
While Wells could be claimed on waivers, the team selecting him would be responsible for the remaining $1.5 million on his $2.7 million salary. If Wells clears waivers, he'll likely be outrighted to Iowa.
Wells declined to talk to the media. Rafael Dolis was called up from Triple-A Iowa to take Wells' roster spot.