Trachsel has been hurt lately by home runs - a problem that plagued him early in his career.
Before coming to the Mets three years ago, Trachsel had allowed 25 or more home runs a season for six straight years from 1995-2001.
He lowered that number to just 19 in 2002, but the veteran right-hander has been tagged for six home runs in his last two starts—a span of just 7 1-3 innings. He matched a career-worst, allowing four against Milwaukee on June 5.
Trachsel has allowed 14 runs over his past two starts and will definitely need to avoid giving up the longball against Anaheim, which flexed its muscles in Saturday’s 13-3 rout.
Anderson’s two-run shot gave him 15 for the season and eight in the last 11 games.
“Garret had a big night,” said Angels second baseman Adam Kennedy. “He’s one of the top five hitters in baseball—period. You put Barry Bonds above everybody and pick the next four, and he’s right there.”
STANDINGS: Mets - 5th place, 15 GB, NL East. Angels - 3rd place, 9 1/2 GB, AL West.
METS PROBABLE STARTER: Trachsel (4-4, 5.38 ERA). Trachsel is 1-1 with a 4.22 ERA in three career starts against the Angels.
ANGELS PROBABLE STARTER: Jarrod Washburn (6-6, 3.13 ERA). Washburn deserved a better fate in his last start, as he lost 3-0 to Philadelphia on Monday night. He allowed three runs and eight hits over 7 2-3 innings. He has not fared well at home this season, going 1-4 with a 3.93 ERA in seven home starts.
OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Mets - Cliff Floyd, .282 avg., 13 HRs and 40 RBIs; Ty Wigginton, 37 runs; Roberto Alomar and Roger Cedeno, 5 SBs. Angels - Anderson, .317 avg.; 15 HRs and 61 RBIs; Troy Glaus, 43 runs; Kennedy, 11 SBs.
INTERLEAGUE RECORDS: Mets - 4-4. Angels - 6-5.
STREAKS AND NOTES: Mets - New York’s team ERA increased from 4.79 to 4.93 after Saturday’s defeat. Aside from the franchise-record 5.04 ERA during the inaugural 1962 season, the Mets’ staff has never finished a season worse than 4.27 (1999). … Right-handed batters are hitting .349 against RHP Trachsel this season. … New York 1B coach Gary Pettis was hit in the head by an errant warmup throw by 3B Wigginton as he stood at the top step of the dugout midway through the first inning. Pettis, a two-time Gold Glove CF with the Angels, made it to the clubhouse under his own power and was replaced in the coaching box by hitting coach Denny Walling. Angels - OF Anderson is 2-for-11 in his career against RHP Trachsel. … DH Fullmer is 3-for-14 in his career against RHP Trachsel. … 3B Troy Glaus is 3-for-9 in his career against RHP Trachsel, with two home runs and four RBIs.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Mets - 13-20 on the road; Angels - 18-14 at home.
INJURIES: Mets - LHP Mike Stanton (knee), 15-day DL; C Mike Piazza (groin), 15-day DL; SS Rey Sanchez (thumb), 15-day DL; RHP Astacio (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Scott Strickland (elbow), 15-day DL; RHP Grant Roberts (side), 60-day DL; 1B Mo Vaughn (knee), 60-day DL. Angels - RHP Mickey Callaway (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Matt Wise (elbow), 60-day DL.
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