Inside Pitch: Trachsel's time appears up

Steve Trachsel recorded three outs in the NLCS.

General manager Omar Minaya said he's already discussing the Mets' offseason priorities with his staff. What to do with right-hander Steve Trachsel will no doubt be a topic.

If recent events are any indication, he won't be brought back despite winning 15 games this season -- and despite the age and injury issues of Tom Glavine and Pedro Martinez.

Even though Thursday night is Trachsel's normal turn in the rotation, and his bruised right thigh has sufficiently healed to where manager Willie Randolph said he could have used him in Game 6 on Wednesday, he was given limited consideration to start Game 7.

Trachsel gave up five runs in the Game 3 loss, leaving in the second inning with no outs. This came after a poor outing in Game 3 of the Division Series against Los Angeles.

After the Mets beat St. Louis on Wednesday, 4-2, to set up Game 7, Randolph announced Oliver Perez would start -- on short rest -- over Darren Oliver, a reliever, and Trachsel.

REPLAY: John Maine pitched 5 2/3 scoreless innings and, backed by Jose Reyes' homer to lead off the game and Paul Lo Duca's two-run single in the seventh inning, the Mets beat St. Louis 4-2 Wednesday night in the NLCS to force a deciding Game 7.

Maine, not even on the Mets' radar coming out of spring training, cracked the rotation when Pedro Martinez was injured and has proved to be a viable force in the postseason, pitching well in two of three starts.

NOTES, QUOTES

-- RHP Orlando Hernandez keeps reporting progress on the slight tear of his right calf and reiterated Wednesday he would be ready to start Game 1 of the World Series in Detroit if the Mets qualify. "I'll be ready," Hernandez said.

-- LF Cliff Floyd, who has only one pinch-hit appearance in the NLCS in Game 5 after re-injuring his strained left Achilles the first game, is not expected to be on the World Series roster should the Mets get that far.

-- The Mets granted permission to the Texas Rangers to interview third base coach Manny Acta for their managerial job. Acta is also under consideration for the job in San Francisco.

-- RHP Steve Trachsel, who won 15 games for the Mets during the regular season, wasn't even under consideration to start Game 7, and should the Mets advance he might not even be on the World Series roster. Trachsel has pitched poorly in both postseason starts.

-- RF Shawn Green has hit safely in six of his last seven postseason games, hitting .400 (10-for-25). "I just want to be able to contribute to this team," said Green, a late season acquisition from Arizona.

BY THE NUMBERS: 16.87 -- LHP Billy Wagner's ERA in the NLCS. He gave up two more runs Wednesday.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "I knew everything was riding on it." -- RHP John Maine after his impressive Game 6 start.

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