ANALYSIS: Steve Trachsel is the one pitcher in the Mets rotation who has gotten lost this season. Sandwiched between future Hall of Famers Tom Glavine and Pedro Martinez on the front end and a long line on the back end, Trachsel has been a solid No. 3.
He’s worked into the sixth inning in 10 of 14 starts and given up four runs or less 11 times. It’s cliche, but he’s given them a chance to win, and with their offense that’s all they can ask.
With Glavine spotty in his last three starts and Martinez winning once in his last eight, Trachsel has been a pick-me-up for the Mets. He’s won his last three, including 9-2 over Cincinnati tonight.
One more thing on Trachsel: His homer was the first by a Met pitcher since Shawn Estes connected off the Yankees’ Roger Clemens, June 15, 2002.
BY THE NUMBERS
7: Innings pitched by rookie prospect Mike Pelfrey, giving up one run, in victory for Class AA Binghamton.
8: Jose Reyes’ hitting streak, during which he has gone 17-for-34 with 11 runs scored.
11: Consecutive years Carlos Delgado has hit at least 20 homers.
20: Assists by Mets outfielders, including one by Lastings Milledge, to lead the major leagues.
Alay Soler (2-1, 3.00) will be making his sixth start for the Mets. He is coming off a no-decision in a 6-3 loss to Baltimore Friday.