In the Rangers' case, it's unavoidable. They need help. And fast.
They didn't get it Tuesday night when one of the most shocking moments of the season, a walk-off home run by 42-year-old Jason Giambi -- batting .176 -- kept Cleveland in front of the Rangers by a game for the second wild-card spot.
Wednesday night will bring more scoreboard watching and, in the fans' case, more anxiety. Know that the players and manager will be watching too while they do what they can control -- win another game.
"I think every inning I was watching the scoreboard," third baseman Adrian Beltre said. "It’s right there to look at, so every time I get a chance I look back to see what the score was."
The news that the Indians won? Yes, that was disappointing. The Rangers aren't used to being in this position of needing help.
"I heard one of my teammates told me, and you kind of hate it," Andrus said. "You could’ve been easily tied in the race today, but that’s baseball. You’ve got to come tomorrow, win the game and see what happens."