The Cubs have been shut out in four of the last eight games.
In the four games in that span in which they scored, the Cubs plated 28 total, an average of seven runs per game.
Another way to look at it: When the Cubs score in an National League Championship or World Series game this October, they're 4-0.
Friday, as Wrigley buzzed from the first World Series game there in 71 years, the anxiety filtered onto the field where the Cubs expanded the strike zone at the plate and got off their game in a 1-0 loss to the Cleveland Indians.
"We were out of the zone way too often," Joe Maddon said. "We've got to get our strike zones organized offensively and if we do, we'll be fine.
"Just watching some of the replay there before I came over and a lot of our strikeouts obviously were us chasing pitches. We've got to do better than that."
As they have with every other shutout this postseason, the Cubs tipped their cap to the opposing dugout.
Friday night, it was Josh Tomlin, Andrew Miller, Bryan Shaw and Cody Allen.
It was the same formula the Indians have used all October - good starting pitching followed by a dominant bullpen - en route to setting a new record with their fifth shutout this postseason.
"When you're facing good pitching, sometimes it happens," Ben Zobrist said. "We didn't have a lot of opportunities today. ... We just didn't square a lot of pitches up.
"I wish I had one more at-bat [against Tomlin], to be honest. But I think they got him out of there at the right time, because another time through the lineup and we probably would have gotten to him there.
"They just had a few more drop at the right time and they scored that one run. Otherwise, we would still be playing."
The wind was howling out to left field all night, generating a lot of conversation about how a routine fly ball up in the jetstream could wind up a few rows back in the bleachers.
The Cubs admitted it can mess with hitters when they "lick their chops" in hopes of slugging one out onto Waveland, as Zobrist said, but they weren't using that as an excuse.
Whatever the reason, the Cubs got off their gameplan of trying to pass the baton on offense, churning out quality at-bat after quality at-bat.
"It's just about getting that next guy up and knowing it takes one guy to do it," Anthony Rizzo said. "Collectively as a team, we did not do that."
With the tying run on third base and the winning run on second, Javy Baez struck out to end the game, chasing a high fastball out of the zone from Allen.
The Cubs have been here before, answering questions about how they feel after falling down 2-1 in a series and getting shut out twice in the first three games.
Of course, the Cubs went on to win the next three games against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NLCS and they have that same confidence now, even with Indians ace Corey Kluber ready to take the ball in Game 4.
"Probably won't say anything, to be honest," Zobrist said. "We'll just go about our business like we normally do. We know that last time we faced Kluber, he was really good. So nobody's gonna be assuming we have it all figured out.
"We're gonna try and have quality at-bats and assume he's gonna make mistakes and we're gonna take advantage of him."