Colorado (61-65) at New York (53-69)

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  • Game info: 1:10 pm EDT Mon Aug 18, 2003
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New York Mets outfielder Cliff Floyd is going out in style.

Playing his final game before having season-ending surgery, Floyd carries a red-hot bat into the finale of a four-game series with the Colorado Rockies at Shea Stadium.

One of the few bright spots during New York’s dismal season, Floyd has decided to shut it down for the remainder of the year, and will have surgery on his injured Achilles’ tendon at the end of the month.

Floyd, who leads the Mets in hitting, homers and RBIs, had a career high-tying four hits and an RBI in New York’s 6-4 victory on Sunday. He finished 4-for-4 and is 10-for-11 in three games since deciding to have surgery.

“It’s almost painful to think that he won’t be in there,” Mets manager Art Howe said. “But we’ll get nine more innings out of him on Monday.

“Today was another big day for him. It’s fun to watch, and if we could delay the surgery, we would. At least now we got a little picture of what we’ll get next year.”

Floyd, who is four hits shy of 1,000 for his career, hopes to help the Mets to their first home sweep of the Rockies since Aug. 18-19, 1998.

“Four home runs would be awesome tomorrow,” he said with a smile.

The Mets have won nine of 12, and are riding their longest win streak since reeling off seven in a row from Sept. 3-9, 2002.

Colorado has lost four straight and seven of eight. The Rockies have lost 16 of 21 series on the road, winning just three and splitting two. They are an NL-worst 20-46 away from hitter-friendly Coors Field.

Todd Helton went 3-for-4 with an RBI in Sunday’s loss. The NL’s runs leader is batting .444 (8-for-18) over his last five games with a homer and five RBIs.

STANDINGS: Rockies - 4th place, 14 GB, NL West. Mets - 5th place, 26 1/2 GB, NL East.

ROCKIES PROBABLE STARTER: Chin-hui Tsao (2-0, 4.50 ERA). The Rockies have won three of Tsao’s four major league starts, including a 6-3 victory at Montreal on Tuesday. The Taiwanese right-hander didn’t receive the decision, giving up three earned runs and five hits over 5 1-3 innings. He also issued a career-high four walks while striking out five. Tsao, 0-0 with a 6.92 ERA on the road, has never faced the Mets.

METS PROBABLE STARTER: Steve Trachsel (11-7, 4.46 ERA). Trachsel is 2-0 with a 2.83 ERA over his last three starts. The right-hander beat San Francisco 9-2 on Wednesday, giving up two earned runs and eight hits over 7 2-3 innings. Trachsel posted a 9-6 win at Colorado on May 12, improving to 7-6 with a 4.90 ERA career against the Rockies.

OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Rockies - Helton, .357 avg. and 110 runs; Preston Wilson, 30 HRs and 116 RBIs; Tony Womack, 11 SBs. Mets - Floyd, .291 avg., 18 HRs and 67 RBIs; Ty Wigginton, 61 runs; Jose Reyes, 11 SBs.

SEASON SERIES: Mets, 4-2.

STREAKS AND NOTES: Rockies - 1B Helton, OF Larry Walker and CF Wilson are batting a combined .394 (26-for-66) against RHP Trachsel with seven homers and 13 RBIs. … Before his 1-for-4 effort Sunday, CF Wilson had been hitless in nine at-bats in the series against the Mets, who drafted him in 1992. … The Rockies are four games below .500 for the first time since May 25. Mets - C Mike Piazza, who returned from a groin injury Wednesday, is six RBIs shy of 1,100 for his career. … 3B Wigginton has 29 doubles this season, the most ever by a Mets rookie. The Mets’ previous record for doubles by a rookie was set by Ron Hunt (1963) and tied by Gregg Jefferies (1989). … SS Jose Reyes went 2-for-5 Sunday, extending his hitting streak to 16 games. The streak is the second longest ever by a Mets rookie. Mike Vail hit in 23 straight games in 1975.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Rockies - 20-46 on the road; Mets - 28-35 at home.

INJURIES: Rockies - C Bobby Estalella (elbow), 15-day DL; INF Mark Bellhorn (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Nelson Cruz (shoulder), 15-day DL; LHP Denny Neagle (elbow), 15-day DL; OF Chris Richard (shoulder), 60-day DL; 1B Helton (leg), day-to-day. Mets - 1B Mo Vaughn (knee), 60-day DL; RHP Pedro Astacio (shoulder), 60-day DL; RHP Scott Strickland (groin), 60-day DL.

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C. Tsao KC vs. S. Trachsel Bal
3-3 Record 16-10
6.02 ERA 3.78
29 K 111
20 BB 65
1.57 WHIP 1.31