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Time for Jacob deGrom and Max Scherzer to carry the Mets

Major League Baseball guarantees two things: contracts and pain. With more injuries and a drop in confidence, the Mets decided to avoid the kind of pain they would feel if they lost the National League East to the Atlanta Braves before ending a record-breaking run with 40-year-old Max Scherzer. Guaranteed a deal.

This is what gave Scherzer a record annual salary of $43.3 million over three seasons. Carlos Carrasco goes down with oblique strain after Taihuan Walker goes down with back spasm Braves suddenly just 3 ½ games after Luis Guilorme goes down with groin strain There are two more home games against the Mets on Wednesday and Thursday at the end of the season to play well behind.

Two more of him against Scherzer and Jacob deGrom.

It's amazing how baseball can humble the best teams and the biggest salaries in an instant without warning. (125 total wins after wiping out the Padres), but until the sport turned against them

the Yankees came together. I wouldn't be surprised if he wins everything. From 60 feet 6 inches away, it turns bright red as fast as ice cools.

Max Scherzer and Jacob deGrom
New York Post: Charles Wenzelberg; USA TODAY Sports

So does the Mets. His two crushing losses to second-place teams and being longtime nemesis do nothing to take away from the magic of this season under the sun. The Mets still have a good chance of winning their third division title since the Bush administration took office. It's George H.W., not George W.

. They had him 10.5 games behind Atlanta at the beginning of June, but saw it drop to half his game, back to 7 games and now half that spread. wasteful. More important is the damage dealt to the first rotation. After a Monday night outburst with Carrasco grabbing the left flank and exiting the stage to the left before the third inning, the Mets covered first base in his second inning ofbefore Walker lame. It certainly didn't have to be seen as a drag. 0 losses

Back Showalter tried to keep his nimbleness in the dugout, jokingly rubbing Darrin's rough shoulders to make his impressive 14-pitch distance in the series opener. After the throw, I had to "unleash him" for another look of relief. However, this was a serious problem. Asked after the game if Walker's back spasm was a cause for concern, Showalter looked in disbelief and replied, "Of course it does." There is a reason. Walker said he'd never felt the sensation when his back locked up, so coming out of the bullpen, R.J. Alvarez was ready to pitch for the Bigs for the first time in seven years.

"At some point this year," Showalter said in one of his team's many winning streaks. they always do.

Over the past 48 hours, things have leveled off, but that's okay. This is why he signs an aging Max Scherzer for $130 million.

Max and Jake. Jake and Max. Especially given deGrom's history of injuries and his desire to opt out of his contract at the end of the season, it's anyone's guess how many games and series this ending tandem can stay unscathed. Supposedly deGrom wants to stay in Queens with Scherzer, and the game's richest owner, Steve Cohen, will pay whatever it takes to make it happen.

But strange things can happen in free agency. And whether you're signing direct cash in the offseason or making in-season deals, there's always a healthy market for greatness. Scherzer is on his fifth team and is in his E-ZPass lane to Hall of Fame.

In other words, Max and Jake have to make it happen now. This is a window of opportunity. They must carry the Mets from here, protect them, nurture them, and gently drop them into the very trusting hands of Edwin Diaz.

Scherzer and deGrom may not get another chance to be healthy at the same time in the same rotation for his No. 1 team in mid-August. Everything. As Showalter said, "You assume nothing, but we certainly don't." The 2015 Mets were just getting started when they lost to Kansas City in the World Series. I thought it was new. On Tuesday night, the Mets could do nothing against Charlie Morton, who stole 12 in 6²/3 innings with three hits and he surrendered only one walk. The Mets have won 18-1 in his last two games and need a spark. Perhaps that spark will fly when kid third baseman Brett Batty shows up at the Atlanta ballpark.

Anyway, this much is clear. With the Mets overcoming serious injuries to deGrom and Scherzer, there's no reason why the two aces shouldn't help them get through the minor to minor injuries.

Max and Jake. Jake and Max. It's a hell of an insurance policy purchased by the Mets to protect them from pain.