In the first two games of the American League Championship Series, the New York Yankees looked dull, flat and totally lifeless for all but one inning against the Detroit Tigers. They very much deserved to fall behind 2-0 in the series.
And fall behind 2-0 in the series is exactly what they did. With their offense struggling mightily and the series set to reboot in Detroit on Tuesday, the Bronx Bombers find themselves in desperate times.
Is there hope?
Of course there's hope. There's always hope.
...There doesn't seem to be much of it in this case, mind you, but there's still hope all the same.
The Yankees need to win four more games to return to the World Series for the first time since 2009, and that's by no means an impossible task. Even without ageless shortstop and team captain Derek Jeter, the Yankees still have a shot at beating the Tigers as long as a few things go their way.
For example, these 10 things come to mind.
Note: Stats courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com unless otherwise noted.