Couple easy tips for having a painless double header.
1) Try not to go into extra innings, so as to save the bullpen.
2) If you are a starting pitcher, go at least six, if not more innings, so as to save the bullpen.
3) If given an opportunity to win the game, seize this opportunity. This is even more important than usual.
4) Don't make mental mistakes; it may be a marathon, not a sprint, but the minor mistakes you make during a marathon are a heck of a lot more aggressively painful than the ones you make during a sprint.
Okay, so that last one is mostly just something I think. But the Phillies were unable to do any of that list, save a heroic effort by Jonathan Pettibone. Utter Drag.
But there's a bright spot -- if you've ever researched the hero's cycle, you'll know that one always needs to fail before one truly succeeds. As it's always darkest before the dawn, let's hope that game 1 was rock bottom, and that game 2 is a nine inning Lannan shutout supported by 10 solo home runs.
Discuss my rapid descent into fantasy and the audacity of hope (the book or not the book) below.
And because it's basically the end boss at this point: