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(Originally published at IIATMS/TYA)
It's been the anchor of the pitching staff for years, but down the stretch of this season the Yankee bullpen has completely fallen apart. After giving up 4 more runs in 4 innings of work last night, the 'pen finds itself with the worst ERA (6.69) and second worst FIP (5.31) in MLB since the start of September. The collective -0.4 fWAR this month is 4th worst and a comparison of the HR-related stats shines a big bright light on the problem. New York's 12 HR allowed by the bullpen this month is 5 more than the second highest total, accounting for almost 20% of the 64 hits they've given up and few key blown late game leads. From steadying roster force to productivity fallout zone, the Yankee 'pen has joined the rotation and lineup as a major problem area at the worst possible time.