It was the mother of all bounce-back series for the Mets, three days where they embarrassed the best rotation in the American League and announced to the baseball world that getting swept by the Yankees was no reason to think they would melt.

Yes, the sweep of the Rays, completed with a 9-6 win on Thursday, was the perfect remedy for this team in so many ways. And yet... All can't be considered right with the Mets when Johan Santana once again failed to resemble the pitcher who threw that historic no-hitter two weeks ago.