You're the Boston Red Sox. You've thrown your two best pitchers (Rick Porcello and David Price) at the Cleveland Indians and are now down 0-2 in the ALDS.
Price was 17-9 in the regular season and Porcello an eye-popping 22-4.
Alas, neither of them could make it out of the fourth inning. Porcello's post-season ERA is now 10.38 and Price's a whopping 13.50.
Anything can happen and sometimes does, but that's a mighty deep hole to dig yourself out of in a best 3 out of 5 series. .
You're the San Francisco Giants. You had to use your ace (Madison Bumgarner) in the wild card game. He came through to dispatch the NY Mets.
Your starter for the first game of the NLDS against the Chicago Cubs was Johnny Cueto and he turned in a masterful performance. No runs through over 7 innings.
Oops, a little known infielder named Javier Baez steps up to the plate and cracks one over the ivy to give the Cubs a 1-0 lead.
And when it's your turn to bat in the ninth inning, here comes Aroldis Chapman out of the bullpen throwing 100 MPH. Then 102. Then 103.
Good luck with THAT.
Cubs 1. Giants zip.
You're the Detroit Lions. (When aren't they in trouble?) You've bumbled your way to a 1-3 record against teams that were very beatable.
Now the undefeated Philadelphia Eagles are coming to town.
You've got an offensive coordinator named Jim Bob (AKA Hoozyodaddy) of all things, and he's counting on wide receiver Golden Tate to turn in a huge game and save the day.
Hope seems to spring eternal in Detroit. So does kool-aid driven insanity.
You're the LA Clippers and think you can give the Golden State Warriors some serious competition even after their acquirement of super star Kevin Durant into an already formidable mix.
In a preseason game the Warriors torch you by 45 points, and it likely would have been even worse if they hadn't shut it down in the fourth quarter.
Um, no. You can't beat those guys.
Besides, you finished a whopping 20 games behind the Warriors in the regular season last year -- before the arrival of Durant. What's it going to be this year? 30?
You're in Florida, or the eastern Carolinas, not sure whether to evacuate as hurricane Matthew is approaching, and find out your government (FEMA) is relying on a waffle house (it's true) to give them an accurate weather forecast.
You're a WNBA player and your team has made it all the way to the Finals.
And still nobody seems to notice........