We desperately needed a win today. With Rasner going against Lackey tomorrow a loss today would have likely meant a four game sweep. Mussina and Joba are an excellent 1-2 punch for the rotation. Mussina has probably earned a contract for next year and beyond. After his last start I had some concern he might go through a rough stretch which would mean we`re screwed. Instead Mussina came through yet again with 7 innings of 2 run ball. He could have also pitched the 8th but Girardi took him out after about 90 pitches which is probably a good idea since he`ll be needed down the stretch. Veras and Bruney both pitched shutout innings. It would be pretty cool if Bruney could pitch like he was before he got hurt. Especially since you have to figure some of these guys will regress next year.
The offense broke through. I have to admit, before the game I questioned Girardi's decision to have no Cano and no I-Rod the same day. However, Molina had an awesome day. Molina and Rodriguez both play better with rest. A-Rod hit homer number 542 and pretty much everyone chipped in. Now we need to hope Minnesota/Texas/Boston/Tampa lose today to make up some ground. Especially since they`ll still probably lose tomorrow.