In 2016, when we scored 744 runs, the AL average was 731.
In 2017 we scored 743, but the AL average was 763.
Our offense went from being above average to below average, as the average went up by 32 runs and we scored one fewer run. That's a net drop of 33 runs, relative to the league.
You make an interesting point. The team only scored one fewer run in 2017 than in 2016, so it feels like a playoff-level offense, but then you have to consider that the average AL team was +32 runs compared to 2016. The picture is a bit confused by the massive slump at the end — is that the “real” Orioles, or is what we saw up to then the “real” Orioles? The correct answer is “both.” It’s a streaky team.
I think the Mets might spring for Britton. I don't really know who but maybe like:
Britton (& possibly some money) for Seth Lugo (SP), Luis Guillerme (SS prospect), and some other prospects - hopefully good ones.
Why it fits for the Mets:
1. They aren't the best managed team and like to make odd moves like this. It's better they have Britton than the Nats.
2. Their bullpen was horrible.
3. They have the starting pitching and young position players to think that they can contend. Guillerme is blocked by the superior Rosario.
Why it fits for the Orioles:
1. Addresses one of the starting pitching spots (Lugo had similar numbers - maybe better numbers - than Bundy and Gausman)
2. Guillerme can be a middle infield replacement if Manny leaves after next season and there is some infield shuffling. Or is a cheap utility option.
3. Lowers payroll and they get younger.