First week in majors has been quite an experience for Mets' Davis

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Four full days into the whirlwind, Ike Davis still did not have the words to describe his experience.

"Still, I don't know," he said. "It hasn't settled in."

Or has it?

Davis has settled in enough to look like a bona fide major-leaguer, a solid lefthanded batter who started against a lefty pitcher, a guy who went 3-for-4 last night, even a formidable batter whom Cubs manager Lou Piniella could have easily picked on but chose not to.

With two outs and a runner on second in the sixth inning at Citi Field last night, the Cubs could have walked Jeff Francoeur, a veteran righty batter, against lefty pitcher Tom Gorzelanny.

They could have faced Davis, with three days of big league experience.

Instead, they went after Francoeur.

"That's instant respect for Ike Davis," Mets manager Jerry Manuel said of his first baseman, who still was Triple-A Buffalo's first baseman at noon on Monday.

"The way he has been hitting and the way I was 0-for-24, I would have done the same thing if I were Lou," Francoeur said.

It was a win-win for the Mets, what with Francoeur breaking his slump with a ground single and Davis keeping the inning alive with a single to center on Gorzelanny's final pitch.

By the time the game was over, the offensively challenged Mets had a four-run inning on the way to a 5-2 win - and Davis had yet another memory.

"It was awesome," he said after finishing his first series in the big leagues with a .400 average.

Of the respect shown by Piniella - a former Yankees teammate of Ike's father, Ron - the 23-year-old Davis said, "I have no idea. All I know is that Frenchy came up with a big hit."

Still, no other Met had as many hits last night as did Davis.

He scored two runs and finished with a double in the eighth.

Given that his dad said Ike is more of a doubles hitter than a home run slugger, maybe he will challenge the Mets' doubles record of 225 someday.

The record was Ed Kranepool's until David Wright's two-base hit in the sixth last night tied him.

In any case, Davis has made an impression on the field to match the excitement generated by his promotion to the Mets on Monday.

"If you can hit, you can hit," Wright said. "He has done a good job solidifying that he is capable of competing at this level and that is going to be a force.

"If you can play this game, it doesn't matter how old you are or how long you've been here."

Ultimately, Davis didn't whiff when it came to summarizing the four days since he took batting practice in the minors Monday.

Given a chance to think about the question for a second, he said:

"It's the best week of my life, so far."

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