As most of you know, I was once an economist. Economics teaches the efficient use of resources, and last night the Braves were about as efficient as you can be. They got two guys into scoring position all night: one in the first inning and one in the ninth inning. They both scored. Then in the middle they hit a home run that traveled less than 400 feet: very efficient. They used four pitchers, which isn’t super efficient by baseball history standards but downright stingy by current standards. Finally, they got exactly as many runs as they needed to win the game.
The Dodgers, on the other hand were profligately inefficient. They put five guys in scoring position and only one of them scored. They wasted 50 or 60 feet on their homer. They used eight pitchers, and they were very inefficient with Blake Treinen, using him for only one out. Finally, and most inefficiently, they lost despite paying their team a lot more than anyone else pays their team. Tsk, tsk. Very wasteful.
The most efficient team doesn’t always win. This sort of high wire act, as I said last night, got a lot of Wallendas killed. But they won last night. My heart wouldn’t object if we won some more games really inefficiently: y’know, 10-2 or something. I’m a retired economist, and the dirty secret is that efficiency isn’t everything.