#15 Baltimore Orioles
2016 Run Differential: +29
Best Offseason Move: Signing Wellington Castillo
Worst Offseason Move: Trading Yovani Gallardo
The 2017 version of the Baltimore Orioles will likely be able to score runs with the best of them.
Mark Trumbo is back in Baltimore, and will once again hit in a lineup that also happens to feature Manny Machado, Adam Jones, Chris Davis and Jonathan Schoop.
Baltimore also made a shrewd move in free agency, adding Wellington Castillo to replace Matt Wieters behind the dish.
Wieters hit just .243 with a .302 on-base percentage, a .165 ISO and an 88 wRC+ for the American League East club last season.
Meanwhile, Castillo batted .264 with a .322 on-base percentage, a .159 ISO and a 92 wRC+ for the Diamondbacks.
Since 2012, Castillo hasn’t posted a wRC+ lower than 92. Wieters turned in a wRC+ number lower than 90 on three different occasions in the last seven seasons.
The offense is obviously a strength for the O’s. So is the bullpen, where Zach Britton, Brad Brach, Michal Givens and Darren O’Day rack up the strikeouts.
The question becomes whether Baltimore can keep runners off the board early in games.
Heading into 2017, the team’s rotation will consist of—in no particular order—Ubaldo Jimenez, Kevin Gausman, Chris Tillman, Dylan Bundy and Wade Miley.
Jimenez finished with the fifth-highest walks per nine innings rate (4.36) among all starters with at least 100 innings. He also posted a 5.44 ERA and a 4.64 xFIP.
Gausman led the team’s pitchers with a 3.0 WAR, but also notched a 4.10 FIP.
Tillman paced the team with 16 victories, but his xFIP of 4.54 certainly leaves much to be desired.
Rounding out the group are Bundy (4.70 FIP) and Miley (4.45 FIP).