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Daniel Murphy dwells on his team, not his streak of homering in six straight games

Daniel Murphy of the Mets attends a game

Daniel Murphy of the Mets attends a game between the New York Islanders and the Boston Bruins at Barclays Center on Friday, Oct. 23, 2015, in Brooklyn. Credit: Jim McIsaac

Given the type of postseason Daniel Murphy is putting together, it's really no wonder that the conversation on Saturday took a turn for the interstellar. After all, we're not even sure some of his seven playoff homers have landed yet.

Which is why when he started talking about David Freese's torrid 2011 postseason run with the Cardinals, or how Yoenis Cespedes hits the ball so hard, he's "from a different planet," the question became this: Exactly which planet is Murphy from?

"Earth," Murphy deadpanned Saturday. "I'm from Planet Earth . . . Jacksonville, Florida."

And so it goes with Murphy, who barely acknowledges that maybe, just maybe, he's having a pretty good run. He closed the NLCS having hit a home run in six straight games, a major-league record, and is a homer shy of tying the record for most home runs hit in a single postseason.

Murphy has 11 RBIs, still well short of Freese's record-setting 21 RBIs in 2011 but definitely impressive when you consider that he has had to face a nightmare crew of opposing pitchers that included Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke, Jon Lester and Jake Arrieta.

"Still unbelievable," Terry Collins said of Murphy's production. "It's incredible what he did. It wasn't just the home runs, it was the timing of almost every one of them. It just seemed like, 'Ugh, we need a hit here.' Whack! He'd hit a homer."

That may be true, but Murphy -- who hit .281 with 14 home runs in the regular season -- seems determined not to put that type of pressure on himself.

Sure, watching Freese in 2011 was one of his best World Series memories -- he liked being able to watch it with his brother and parse all the moves and non-moves between the Cardinals and the Rangers, he said -- but Murphy doesn't much care for comparisons between that run and the one he's putting together.

"I don't really think of it that way," he said after naming Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Lucas Duda and Jeurys Familia as keys to the Mets' success. "I think of it as this has been a great team accomplishment with some work to be done."

To him, this is not Murphtober, as social media has christened it, but something with less hashtag appeal. "I think this is the postseason where the Mets have made it to the World Series and get to play a great ballclub in the Kansas City Royals," he said. "This is a great deal of fun."

It's a lot of fun to watch, too, said David Wright. Wright, who can use as much rest as he can get while tending to his back, nevertheless said it's almost a shame that the Mets have such a big layoff. They clinched Wednesday night and won't play again until Tuesday night.

"You almost wish we could go right to the World Series with the way he's seeing the ball," Wright said. "Murphy has certainly been historically great."

Murphy doesn't think the lag will affect him too much. He's keeping his routine with hitting coach Kevin Long and is just trying to "enjoy this as we continue to keep playing," he said.

"I'm having a blast."

A blast-off, maybe.


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