Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon is desperate for his team's stars to finally get going against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
With a 108-year World Series drought hanging over their heads, the lineup of the Cubs not named Kris Bryant and Javier Baez has gone quiet this postseason.
And the numbers are not on the Cubs' side following Tuesday's shut-out loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers in game three of the National League (NL) Championship Series.
Rich Hill, Joe Blanton, Grant Dayton and Kenley Jansen combined to allow four hits, but the heart of the Cubs order has had issues in more than just one game.
Anthony Rizzo, Ben Zobrist, and Addison Russell, who combined for 280 RBIs in the regular season, are now a collective seven-for-76 this postseason.
Jason Heyward, who the Cubs spent $184million on, is two-for-19 in the playoffs.
"We normally hit some home runs, draw some walks. We will strike out, but we are just not hitting the ball hard like we normally do," Maddon told reporters about his team's slump after game three.
"It's more of a mental exercise than it is a physical one."
Of the last 27 teams with at least 100 wins in the regular season, only two went on to win the World Series (New York Yankees in 1998 and 2009).
Furthermore, Chicago have never come back to win a postseason series after falling behind 2-1.
"You have to fight through some pretty stringent adversity, but that's how this thing works sometimes," Maddon said.
"From my perspective there's nothing different to do except really come out tomorrow with the right mental attitude, and that's our best weapon I think."