Trachsel has pitched very well against the Reds during his 10-year career, going 8-3 with a 2.37 ERA in 16 starts.
The 32-year-old right-hander has been the Mets’ most reliable pitcher over the last two seasons, going 11-11 with a respectable 3.37 ERA last season and 9-6 with a 4.55 ERA in 21 starts so far this year. He’s also 4-1 over his last six starts. All this for a team 17 games below .500 with little hope of making the playoffs.
However, Trachsel has had problems winning at Shea this season. He’s 7-1 on the road, but just 2-5 with a 5.13 ERA at home.
The Mets, who are going through a major youth movement this summer, have lost three of four, including an 8-3 defeat on Saturday.
“We’re not used to losing,” said rookie first baseman Jason Phillips, who is in the midst of a 14-game hitting streak. “We’re more determined to turn it around. You get tired of guys beating up on you. We want to return the favor.”
Dunn said he spent extra time working on his swing the last few days. The left fielder had been in a 5-for-47 slump.
“I hope it paid off—I didn’t do it because I like to sweat,” Dunn said of the extra batting practice. “I was just trying to figure out what the heck was going on.”
The Reds have won just two of nine since the All-Star break.
STANDINGS: Reds - 5th place, 11 1/2 GB, NL Central. Mets - 5th place, 25 GB, NL East.
REDS PROBABLE STARTER: Paul Wilson (5-8, 5.31 ERA). The 30-year-old righty is 2-4 with a 7.77 ERA on the road. Wilson yielded six runs—five earned—and seven hits over five innings in a 6-4 loss to Milwaukee on Tuesday. Wilson hasn’t won since June 19, going 0-4 with an 8.40 ERA over his last six starts.
METS PROBABLE STARTER: Trachsel (9-6, 4.55 ERA). Trachsel’s ERA is somewhat deceiving as he’s allowed five or more earned runs in only five of his 21 starts. He gave up four runs—three earned—and six hits in 5 1-3 innings of a 7-5 victory over Philadelphia on Tuesday.
OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Reds - Jose Guillen, .341 avg.; Dunn, 25 HRs and 61 runs; Aaron Boone, 65 RBIs and 14 SBs. Mets - Phillips, .327 avg.; Cliff Floyd, 17 HRs and 56 RBIs; Ty Wigginton, 54 runs; Wigginton and Roger Cedeno, 7 SBs.
SEASON SERIES: Mets, 4-1.
STREAKS AND NOTES: Reds - RHP Wilson was drafted first overall by the Mets in 1994. … 3B Boone leads all major league third baseman with 14 stolen bases. St. Louis’ Scott Rolen is second with nine…. Cincinnati has committed a major league-high 98 errors. New York has committed 82, second-highest in the NL. Mets - OF Cedeno has been thrown out in eight of 15 steal attempts. … 3B Wigginton is mired in a 1-for-15 slump. … SS Jose Reyes went 4-for-8 in the first two games of this series.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Reds - 23-29 on the road; Mets - 21-29 at home.
INJURIES: Reds - OF Austin Kearns (shoulder), 15-day DL; OF Wily Mo Pena (hamstring), 15-day DL; RHP Scott Sullivan (shoulder), 15-day DL; LHP Gabe White (groin), 15-day DL; RHP Luke Prokopec (elbow), 60-day DL; OF Ken Griffey Jr. (ankle), 60-day DL. Mets - C Mike Piazza (groin), 15-day DL; 1B Mo Vaughn (knee), 60-day DL; RHP Pedro Astacio (shoulder), 60-day DL; RHP Grant Roberts (shoulder), 60-day DL; RHP Scott Strickland (groin), 60-day DL.