This is not exactly the way the team wants to be heading into a series versus Boston. Detroit takes 3 out of 4, and needed about three hours worth of work to put a 16 spot on the board in the series finale.
It didn't matter who was on the mound tonight; the bats were kept silent by a fairly dominant Justin Verlander. No run production, no win possible.
With that said, it is safe to speculate that Mussina may have made his last start of the 2007 season. It is like the guy is jinxed this season. Mussina's next turn in the rotation is against the Devil Rays which could be a perfect opponent to give a new guy a shot. I think there are many candidates to chose from: Joba Chamberlain, Ian Kennedy, Steven White, Alan Horne, and maybe Kei Igawa or Jeff Karstens again.
The season and the hopes of a playoff spot are not over, however, if they can only rely on 2 out of the 5 in the starting rotation on a consistent basis, it is becoming more likely than not they'll be home for October for the first time since 1994.
Post Script: One Positive note, great catch by Melkey Cabrera in the first inning.