Morning Briefing: Mets aim for sweep of Brewers

NEW YORK -- And now for the strongest link among the New York Mets' pitchers.

Noah Syndergaard (4-2, 2.19 ERA) opposes right-hander Chase Anderson (2-5, 5.32) on Sunday at 1:10 p.m. ET as the Mets attempt to complete a three-game sweep of the Milwaukee Brewers.

Syndergaard is coming off an outing in which he tossed seven scoreless innings with 10 strikeouts and outpitched Washington Nationals ace Max Scherzer.

Anderson, despite his high ERA for the season, took a no-hit bid into the eighth inning against the Chicago Cubs in his most recent start.


  • David Wright delivered a walk-off RBI single with the bases loaded in the ninth as the Mets beat the Brewers, 5-4, on Saturday at Citi Field. It was the Mets' first walk-off win since the July 31, 2015 game in which Wilmer Flores delivered a homer to slay the Nationals. Yoenis Cespedes' two-run homer in the sixth pulled the Mets even at 4. Jacob deGrom allowed a season-high four runs in a season-low five innings. He threw 100 pitches. Read game recaps in the Post, Daily News, Times, Newsday, Record and at NJ.com and MLB.com.

  • Matt Harvey took the unusual step of throwing a simulated game, with Matt Reynolds and coach Tom Goodwin in the batter's box, before Saturday's Mets-Brewers game. Harvey will pitch in Washington on Tuesday -- on standard rest -- rather than be skipped (or be used a day early). Read more in the Post, Daily News, Newsday and at NJ.com and MLB.com.

  • Lucas Duda was scratched from Saturday's game because of continued lower-back issues. Duda underwent an MRI. The trouble could be stemming from a herniated disk. Read more in the Post, Daily News and Newsday.

  • Wilmer Flores (hamstring) is due to begin a rehab assignment on Tuesday. He is eligible to be activated from the disabled list on Friday, when the Mets open a series at Citi Field against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

  • Harvey's fastball should return … in 2017, columnist John Harper suggests in the Daily News.

  • Columnist David Lennon in Newsday doesn't see Stephen Strasburg's $175 million extension with Washington as an indicator that something similar will transpire with Harvey and the Mets.

  • Columnist Bob Klapisch in the Record endorses Ron Darling's new book.

  • DeGrom's velocity crept upward Saturday, averaging 93 mph and topping out at 95 mph, but his control was uncharacteristically off. Read more in the Post.

  • Steve Serby in the Post has a Q&A with Jesse Orosco.

  • Niuman Romero delivered a tiebreaking RBI single in the top of the ninth as Las Vegas beat Colorado Springs, 4-3. Stefan Sabol drove in two runs, but Binghamton lost to Akron, 5-2, in Robert Gsellman's return from the DL. John Mora popped out with the bases loaded in the ninth and St. Lucie lost to Daytona, 4-3. J.C. Rodriguez went 4-for-5 with two doubles, two RBIs and two runs scored in Columbia's 8-4 win against Charleston. Read the full minor-league recap here.

  • David Wright needed Saturday's walk-off hit for his psyche, columnist Kevin Kernan writes in the Post.

  • Critic Phil Mushnick in the Post disapproves of the broadcasters' handling of Bartolo Colon's off-the-field issue.

  • From the bloggers … Mets Report believes Harvey needs to pitch to snap out of his funk.

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