Five New York Yankees That Must Perform in October

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Five New York Yankees That Must Perform in October
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The Yankees have seemingly been stuck in the mud as of late. Despite remaining one of the best teams in all of Major League Baseball, they have unarguably had a rough September.

Following tonight's loss to the Red Sox, the Yankees have compiled a 10-12 record this September. Hand in hand with that 10-12 record are year-worst performances in pitching and hitting.

The pitching staff has, obviously, compiled a 10-12 record along with a 4.56 ERA (the worst ERA for this team in any given month of the season) and the team's second worst monthly batting line, .260/.350/.392, of the entire season (second only to June's .245/.333/.401 line).

With a playoff spot all but assured, manager Joe Girardi has been pulling back on the reigns as of late to let his fatigued team get a rest.

So are these elderly Yankees doomed come the playoffs or can they turn it around? Here are five players they must count on in October in order for September to seem like a bad dream to Yankees fans.

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