Syndergaard (10-7, 2.76 ERA) opposes right-hander Jeff Samardzija (10-8, 4.24) at 8:05 p.m. ET at AT&T Park.
After picking up a game on Saturday, the Mets (61-62) trail the St. Louis Cardinals by 4½ games for the second wild-card spot.
SUNDAY’S NEWS REPORTS:
Yoenis Cespedes homered twice in his second game back from the disabled list and Alejandro De Aza contributed a three-run homer as the Mets snapped a three-game losing streak with a 9-5 win against the Giants on Saturday. Bartolo Colon allowed two runs in 6 1/3 innings. Read game recaps in the Post, Daily News, Times, Newsday, Record and at NJ.com and MLB.com.
Neil Walker returned Saturday after missing four games with lower-back stiffness and went 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored. But Walker is soon planning to depart. He plans to take a redeye flight on Sunday night to Pittsburgh, where doctors will induce labor with his wife late Monday. Walker plans to be on paternity leave for the entire three-game series at St. Louis and expects to rejoin the Mets on Friday at Citi Field. Read more in the Post, Daily News, Newsday and at NJ.com and MLB.com.
Dwight Gooden tells the Daily News he was dealing with a "minor health issue" when he missed an appearance and Darryl Strawberry's concerns that he may have relapsed were "unreal." Read more in Newsday.
Terry Collins tells columnist Kevin Kernan in the Post that the Mets will reach the postseason if Cespedes "gets going" offensively.
Columnist Joel Sherman in the Post looks at a litany of areas in which the Mets have underwhelmed.
This year's Mets remind columnist Mike Vaccaro in the Post of the 2013-14 Knicks and 1999 Jets.
Phillip Evans had his fifth straight game producing at least three hits, but Portland beat Binghamton, 10-8. Former Red Sox pitcher Daniel Bard walked two batters and hit two others without recording an out, which helped lift St. Lucie over Palm Beach, 3-1. Dash Winningham had a two-run homer in the nightcap and Columbia swept a doubleheader against Augusta. Read the full minor-league recap here.
BIRTHDAYS: Felix Millan turns 73. ... John Stearns is 65. ... Bruce Berenyi is 62.
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