Cloud over Trachsel

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."

Comments (9)

What a frustrating loss. The Mets bats have a tendency to go silent at the worst times. For as great as this beginning to the season has been, their failure at the plate with runners in scoring position has been tough to watch.

Trachsel really looked good last night. With the Mets record of success (or lack thereof) with RISP this season, I wonder why Randolph didn't try the squeeze with Reyes on third and one out last night and Beltran up. Beltran likes to bunt, after all.

Every pitcher experiences bad luck streaks. His is over. Trachsel showed that over the long haul, he'll give you the occasional gem. With this offense he should be good for 15+ wins if he stays off the DL. Hopefully he'll have many more games like last night, if he does, expect wins. He is not however a good # 3 for the playoffs....

Why the METS traded Bensen to Baltimore when they should have kept him and got rid of Tracksel. Yes, Bensen's wife was a problem for the METS, but that problem is academic now. Bensen is doing well for Baltimore and he could have been just as good, or better with the METS.

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