Still searching for answers to his road struggles this season, Steve Trachsel takes the mound against the first-place Philadelphia Phillies as the New York Mets play the third of a four-game series at Citizens Bank Park.
Trachsel is 7-2 at home this season with a 1.59 ERA, second-best at home in the NL behind Chicago’s Carlos Zambrano (1.41). However, Trachsel is only 1-4 with a 7.88 ERA in six starts away from Shea Stadium.
Trachsel comes in off an 11-2 home victory over the Yankees on Friday night in which he allowed just three hits in seven innings. The win was his third in four starts, and it followed an 8-1 loss at Yankee Stadium on June 27.
“I haven’t been able to find anything,” Trachsel said of his road woes. “There’s not one glaring thing definitely sticking out.”
The Mets have won five of six, including a 4-1 victory Tuesday.
Richard Hidalgo, who established a Mets record when he homered in his fifth straight game on Monday, went 2-for-5 with a triple and two RBIs. The right fielder, acquired from Houston for right-handers David Weathers and Jeremy Griffiths on June 18, is on a nine-game hitting streak during which he is batting .471 (16-for-34) with seven homers and 11 RBIs.
Kaz Matsui has also been on a tear, batting .423 (11-for-26) with 12 runs scored and five RBIs over his last six. He was 3-for-5 Tuesday, marking his fourth three-hit game of the season.
“We saw this from him in Japan,” Mets manager Art Howe said. “This is what he’s capable of doing.”
The Phillies lost for just the third time in nine games.
Randy Wolf, who started Tuesday’s game, drove in the lone Philadelphia run, and Mike Lieberthal went 2-for-4. Lieberthal is batting .355 (11-for-31) with two homers and five RBIs over his last seven games.