How's this for luck. The Mets have been shut out twice this season and Steve Trachsel is now the pitcher of record in both of them. Ouch. Trachsel had the misfortune of starting the rain-shortened loss to the Phillies on May 11 at Citizens Bank Park and also lost Wednesday's duel with the Cardinals' Mark Mulder.
But here's the good part: At least Trachsel is pitching well. That's three earned runs in his last 11 innings (2.45 ERA) against the Phillies and Cardinals, two of the NL's top contenders. With the Mets' starting rotation in flux, they need Trachsel now more than ever, and Wednesday's performance -- despite the loss -- was encouraging. He allowed only four hits over seven innings, and got seven infield pop-ups from a very dangerous St. Louis lineup.
"That was the weirdest thing," Trachel said. "I don't know why."