The 2012 New York Yankees have to put all previous games and performances behind them and focus on Friday night and Friday night only.
Think of it as a brand new season, winner takes all, nothing else matters.
While much of the Yankees troubles have circled around it's multi-million dollar third basemen Alex Rodriguez, plenty of the Yankees haven't shown up this post season.
While recapping the first four games, I would like to predict what I think the lineup will look like on this early evening game in the Bronx, as well as predictions for each hitter and starter CC Sabathia.
2012 ALDS Stats after first four games: .421 AVG, 2B, 3B, 2 RBI
We witnessed fill-in Jayson Nix boot a ball in a key situation in the ninth inning on a hard hit ball by Baltimore Orioles Jim Thome. While it was ruled a single, you can't help but think Derek Jeter would've made that play.
While that didn't come back to haunt the Yankees, you would love to have your best defense out there on the field and I fully expect Jeter to be back at shortstop, regardless if he is fully healed from a bone bruise in his foot.
Game 5 Predictions: 2-for-4, RBI, Walk
2012 ALDS Stats after first four games: .200 AVG, 2B, 2 RBI
Ichiro hasn't been horrible this post season, but he hasn't quite lived up to what he is capable of either.
Ichiro is sure to work the count today and wait for his pitch.
I do expect Ichiro to have a good game in the Bronx tonight and be one of the determining factors of a decisive Game 5 win.
Game 5 Precitions: 2-for-3, 2 BB, 2 RBI
2012 ALDS Stats after first four games: .333 AVG, RBI
Mark Teixeira has been pretty productive at the plate this postseason.
Batting third for the first time in the series in Game 4, I think he will remain there for Game 5.
Teixeira was 1-for-3 last night and drew three walks while striking out twice.
We haven't seen that power production from Teixeira that we are used to seeing, and I think that could change tonight.
Game 5 Predictions: 1-for-4, Solo HR, BB
2012 ALDS Stats after first four games: .111 AVG, 2 2B, 4 RBI
Yankees slugger Robinson Cano cooled off dramatically after his ridiculous numbers to close out the regular season.
While he hasn't played horrible, he isn't doing nearly what you would expect him to do.
I do think we will see Cano have a decent game, but his overall numbers aren't going to improve much.
If the Yankees make the ALCS, and I believe they will, I think he will perform better in that series.
Game 5 Predictions: 1-for-5, 2B
2012 ALDS Stats after first four games: .500 AVG, 2 HR, 2 RBI
Everyone in New York is still talking about Raul Ibanez and his Game 3 heroics.
Pinch hitting for Alex Rodriguez, Ibanez tied the game in the ninth inning on a solo shot to right and ended the game in his next at-bat in the 12th, with a walk off bomb.
Ibanez played 93 games during the regular season in right field and, with Nick Swisher performing the way he is right now, I think you have to make this move and give Swisher a day off.
While I don't expect nothing magical from Ibanez tonight, if he is in the lineup, he will produce.
Game 5 Predictions: 2-for-5, RBI
2012 ALDS Stats after first four games: .125 AVG, 9 SO
Yankees third basemen Alex Rodriguez has been the center of attention this ALDS, regardless of how bad the rest of the lineup is hitting.
With the contract Rodriguez has, people are expecting bigger things from him and you can't blame them.
I do think we will see Rodriguez slide down a bit further in the lineup tonight, but I firmly believe he will produce while the Yankees backs are to the wall.
Of course, this prediction comes from the gut and not off of past performances, since Rodriguez was the dreaded final out of the last two postseasons.
I have been wrong before, and I will be wrong again, and I will always admit my right and wrongs.
Tonight, my gut feeling is telling me something magical will happen in the Bronx, and it is possible that Rodriguez is right smack in the middle of it.
Game 5 Predictions: 2-for-5, HR, 3 RBI
2012 ALDS Stats after first four games: .214 AVG, 2B, HR, RBI
Russell Martin has looked pretty good this post season for what you could expect from his spot in the lineup.
He came up huge in Game 1 with his go-ahead home run in the ninth, that the Yankees went on to win.
I can't expect much from Martin tonight, but just to work the count and have good at-bats.
Game 5 Predictions: 0-for-3, BB
2012 ALDS Stats after first four games: .500, 2B
If Raul Ibanez plays right field, and Derek Jeter ends up playing shortstop, I can't think of another player besides Eduardo Nunez to DH today.
Nix hasn't had much changes at the plate, but he has made them count, going 2-for-4 with a double.
Game 5 Predictions: 1-for-3
2012 ALDS Stats after first four games: .063 AVG, 9 SO
Curtis Granderson has been abysmal at the plate in the 2012 ALDS.
You wouldn't hear about it in the papers since Alex Rodriguez plays smoke screen for the rest of the players in the Yankee lineup.
Granderson is the Yankees best option in Centerfield and because of that, he will be in the lineup regardless of his production at the plate.
We seen him hit eighth last night, I think he gets bumped one more time to the bottom of the barrel in the ninth spot. However, if it works out and he produces, he works as an extra leadoff hitter behind Derek Jeter.
Game 5 Predictions: 1-for-3
Game 1 Stats: 8.2 IP, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 SO
CC Sabathia was amazing in Game 1 for the Yankees, but didn't get the run support he needed until the final inning.
I don't expect that to be an issue today as the Yankees bats should come out swinging.
However, I can't count out the Baltimore Orioles and their never say die attitude.
Sabathia shouldn't struggle today, but I can't see him duplicating his amazing Game 1 numbers.
I look for him to pitch well enough for the Yankees to win.
Game 5 Predictions: 7.1 IP, 3 ER, 2 BB, 8 SO
Final Score: Yankees 8, Orioles 5