One thing pundits seem to forget is that pitchers normally throw a bullpen session in between…

The thing about a game vs. a bullpen session is that the coach stand-in batter in the bullpen session can’t hit the mistake ball you threw, b/c you were tired after throwing about 200 pitches in 4 days, for a series clinching, season ending, life destroying, existential “who am I and what have I done”- thought provoking, home run. But in the game this is a very possible outcome.

But yeah, people probably forget about the bullpen session and you’re mainly right.