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And the Mets’ lack of one is why they’ve taken control of the National L eague Championship Series, carrying a massive advantage into Tuesday’s Game 3 in Chicago. “That’s why we thought if we could get to the postseason, we could match up with a lot of teams, everybody, be- c ause we have depth,” manager Terry Collins s aid. “Everybody’s got real good (pitching) — this is big league pitching, everybody’s got them — b ut we’ve got some talented guys.” To win the division series and take a 2-0 lead in the NLCS, the Mets have w on five games. In four of t hose games they’ve beaten Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke, Jon Lester and Jake Arrieta. They’ve taken down t he best with a plucky off ense that’s found an unlikely superstar in Daniel Murphy, and they’ve gone toe-to-toe with the best by banking on a group of four y oung starters who lack l engthy resumes but m ake up for it with big arms from top to bottom. “ They don’t have the c redentials that Kershaw and Greinke, and Lester and Arrieta have,” Collins said. “But they’re going to be good pitchers. They’re g oing to be really, really g ood, and we’re really proud of as fast as they’ve come and the way they’ve handled themselves this summer. But they’re go- i ng to (be good). We think w e can stack up with any- b ody.” With Jacob deGrom s tarting Game 3, the Mets n ow have the rotation advantage. Matt Harvey handled the NLCS opener, Noah Syndergaard pitched Game 2, and Stev en Matz is lined up for G ame 4. Of those four, only de- Grom pitched in the big leagues last year, and even he made just 22 s tarts as a rookie. He was t he Mets’ best starter this y ear, and now the Mets get to use him against a C ubs second-year starter n amed Kyle Hendricks whose season ERA is nearly a run and a half larger than deGrom’s. For perhaps only the s econd time this postsea- s on, the Mets will have the more accomplished starter heading to the mound. “We’ve beaten some of the best that the game has t o offer,” David Wright s aid. “I’ll argue that we h ave the Syndergaards, the Harveys, the Matzes a nd the deGroms, so I like o ur chances when we can run those guys out there.” Two years ago, the Yankees invested in Masahiro Tanaka, and he lost in this y ear’s wild card game. S cherzer was the big ticket item of last offsea- son, and his team didn’t even make it that far. For the Mets, though, t here’s more power in n umbers than in a No. 1. NL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES Mets’ power in numbers has the rotation rolling in NLCS AP New York Mets pitcher Steven Matz, right, talks with pitcher Jacob deGrom in the dugout. CHAD JENNINGS @LOHUDYANKEES Manager John Gibbons, who seldom hides his own conservative leanings, met Harper w hen the Conservative leader attended a game against Cleveland in early S eptember. Gibbons later told reporters that Harper was a “great guy.” “We’re both probably outnumbered in town here, but I told him I love his politics,” Gibbons said then. Asked Sunday how he’d handicap the Conser- v atives’ fading chances, Gibbons compared them to his own team’s situation after losing the first two g ames of the ALCS. “Like ours?” Gibbons cracked. “I don’t get into p olitics. If we were 2-0 up, Imight have a comment.” Besides Harper, Trudeau and New Democrat leader Tom Mulcair also attended Blue Jays games this season. After Toronto lost all three times, the leaders made a pact via Twitter that they would s tay away from Rogers Centre as the Blue Jays chased their first division crown since 1993. R eliever Liam Hendriks, who’s from Perth, Australia, hasn’t kept c lose tabs on the campaign. But he took note of aConservative attack ad that accused Trudeau of inexperience and mocked his looks, ending with the comment, “Nice hair, though.” “It’s always about them trash-talking him,” Hend riks said. “All of a sudden there’s a compliment at the end. I’m like, ‘That is so Canadian.’” H endriks is married to aFrench-Canadian woman from Quebec City, Que- b ec, but the couple doesn’t live in Canada in the off- season. “She looks into it a little bit but it’s not something we delve into or research because neither us lives here at the moment,” Hendriks said. Goins had no doubts t hat the fans would be focused on the field Monday, not on incoming election results. “ They’ve had an election in the last 22 years,” Goins said. “They h aven’t had a playoff game. I know where people’s eyes will be.” ALCS Continued from Page 1D POSTSEASON LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES (Best-of-7;x-if necessary) American League A ll games televised by FS1 Kansas City 2,Toronto 0 Friday,Oct.16:Kansas City 5,Toronto 0 Saturday,Oct.17:Kansas City 6,Toronto 3 M onday:Kansas City at Toronto Tuesday:Kansas City (Young 11-6) at Toronto (Dickey 11-11),4:07 p.m.(FS1) x -Wednesday:Kansas City at Toronto,4:07 p.m.(FS1) x-Friday:Toronto at Kansas City,8:07 p.m. ( FS1) x-Saturday:Toronto at Kansas City,8:07 p.m.(FS1) National League All games televised by TBS New York 2,Chicago 0 Saturday,Oct.17:New York 4,Chicago 2 Sunday,Oct.18:New York 4,Chicago 1 Tuesday:New York (deGrom 14-8) at Chicago (Hendricks 8-7),8:07 p.m. Wednesday:New York (Matz 4-0) at Chicago (Hammel 10-7),8:07 p.m. x-Thursday:New York at Chicago, 8:07 p.m. x-Saturday:Chicago at New York, 4:07 x-Sunday:Chicago at New York,8:07 p.m. Box Score Late Sunday Mets 4,Cubs 1 ChicagoABRHBIBBSOAvg. Fowler cf312010.286 Schwarber lf400003.125 Bryant 3b402100.286 Rizzo 1b401002.167 St.Castro 2b-ss 400000. 125 C oghlan rf400000.000 M.Montero c 300002. 250 J .Baez ss 200002. 200 T .Wood p000000--- c-Denorfia ph100000.000 Richard p 000000- -S trop p000000--- Arrieta p 100001. 000 a -La Stella ph-2b200000.000 Totals 3 2 15111 0 New YorkABRHBIBBSOAvg. Granderson rf 321010. 333 D .Wright 3b411102.143 Dan.Murphy 2b 312211. 429 C espedes cf-lf401100.125 Duda 1b 300002. 000 T .d’Arnaud c300001.286 Conforto lf300002.000 Clippard p000000--- Familia p 000000- -W .Flores ss 300002. 167 S yndergaard p200001.000 Niese p 000000- -A .Reed p000000--- b-Lagares ph-cf 100001. 500 Totals 2 9 45421 2 Chicago000001000—150 New York30100000x—450 LOB—Chicago 5,New York 3.2B—Bryant (1),D.Wright (1).HR—Dan.Murphy (2),off Arr ieta.RBIs—Bryant (1),D.Wright (1),Dan- .Murphy 2 (3),Cespedes (1).SB—Granderson 2(2). R unners left in scoring position—Chicago 2 (Rizzo,Coghlan);New York 1(T.d’Arnaud). R ISP—Chicago 1for 4;New York 2 for 4. ChicagoIPHRERBBSOERA Arrieta L,0-1 5444287 .20 T .Wood2000040.00 Richard 2 ⁄ 3 100000.00 Strop 1 ⁄ 3 000000.00 New YorkIPHRERBBSOERA Syndergaard W,1-0 5 2 ⁄ 3 311191.59 N iese H,1 1 ⁄ 3 000010.00 A .Reed H,11000000.00 Clippard H,1 1100000 .00 F amilia S,2-21100000.00 Umpires—Home,Tim Timmons;First,Ted Barrett;Second,Paul Emmel;Third,Eric Coope r;Left,Bill Miller;Right,Rob Drake. T—3:07.A—44,502 (41,922). This Date In Baseball Oct.20 1972 — In the fifth game of the World Series,Pete Rose of the Cincinnati Reds ho- mered on the first pitch of the game from O akland’s Catfish Hunter,and the Reds went on to win 5-4. 1 973 — Reggie Jackson of Oakland had RBI d oubles in the first and third innings to lead the A’s to a 3-1victory over the New York M ets and set up a seventh game in the World Series. 1988 — Orel Hershiser pitched a four-hitter and Mickey Hatcher and Mike Davis hit two- run homers to give the Los Angeles Dodgers a 5-2 victory over the Oakland Athletics and the World Series title in five games.Hershiser became only the third player to win the MVP in both the playoffs and the World Series.