It’s time for Jacob deGrom and Max Scherzer to carry Mets

Two things are guaranteed in Major League Baseball — the contracts, and the pain. The Mets guaranteed a record deal to Max Scherzer, who will turn 40 before it ends, to avoid the kind of pain they would feel if mounting injuries and diminishing faith cause them to lose the National League East to the Atlanta Braves.

So this is why they gave Scherzer a record $43.3 million annual wage over three seasons. Taijuan Walker goes down with back spasms after Carlos Carrasco goes down with an oblique strain after Luis Guillorme goes down with a groin strain, and suddenly the Braves are only 3 ½ games back with plenty of season to play, and with two more home games Wednesday and Thursday against the Mets.

Two more against Scherzer and Jacob deGrom.

It’s amazing how baseball can humble the best teams and the biggest payrolls in a flash, without warning. The 2022 Yankees were going to challenge the 1998 Yankees — winners of 114 regular-season games, and 125 in all after a World Series sweep of the Padres — until the sport turned against them and brought them to their knees.

Truth is, I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if the Yankees gathered themselves and won the whole thing. You can get red hot from 60 feet, 6 inches away as quickly as you got ice cold.

Max Scherzer and Jacob deGrom
Max Scherzer and Jacob deGrom
N.Y. Post: Charles Wenzelberg; USA TODAY Sports

And the same goes for the Mets. Two butt-ugly losses to the second-place team and longtime nemesis don’t strip away the magic from this season in the sun. The Mets are still more likely than not to win their division for only the third time since the start of the Bush Administration — that would be George H.W., mind you, not George W.

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