He plays in New York City and, through late August, he led the National League in hits. And yet, somehow, Daniel Murphy was one of the most inconspicuous All-Stars in baseball this season. It is not altogether surprising. He plays an under-the-radar game. He batted second in the lineup and played second base, neither a traditionally prestigious position. Yet no piece is more crucial to the Met offense than Murphy. He has been the silent catalyst, advancing Curtis Granderson and setting the table for Lucas Duca and David Wright. Murphy is a hitting machine who can slap the ball to every part of the field. He is solid, reliable, consistent, the one steady hand the Mets could count on day in and day out over the last three years.