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Power Polls: O's in media rankings

The national writers and (and the computers) are settling in on a high teens ranking for the Orioles, aside from CBS, who’s all alone in Crazy Town. Let’s review!

The O's made three teams scream in pain the last week.
The O's made three teams scream in pain the last week.
Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

MLB.com Power Rankings (17th; Last Week: N/A)
MLB has revamped their presentation of the Power Rankings, and now only go to 20 places. The O's were ranked 17th in the Experts poll (75% weight) and 17th in the Fans' Poll, so they are 17th overall. There's only one team with a worse record (by 0.5 game) ahead of them, so no complaining this week.

ESPN.com Power Poll (16th; LW: 22nd)
A week after ESPN dropped them five spots, the Worldwide Leader raises the O's six spots. Anyone got any Dramamine? "Now mostly healthy, the O's have been on a roll of late and are now only three games out of first place in the AL East (ED: at time of publication). A strong homestand against the Red Sox and Yankees, in which they went 5-1, was certainly timely." -- Matt Kremnitzer (@mattkremnitzer), Camden Depot"

SI.com: Power Rankings (14th; LW: 20th)
The seats on the Orioles bandwagon better come with five-point harnesses, because the quick rises this week may need passengers to be restrained to stay safe.

FoxSports.com Power Rankings (18th ; LW 21st)
FoxSports relies on the projections of my favorite people in the whole wide world, Baseball Prospectus. This week, our future computer overlords have the O's in 18th. "The Orioles are 7-2 since Matt Wieters returned on June 5, and the backstop is hitting .333 through his first seven games. Somewhere, Scott Boras laughs maniacally."

CBS Sports Power Rankings (8th; LW 18th)
Holy overreactions, Batman! CBS has the O's in the Top 10 after having them just two spots away from the bottom third of the league last week. Did the team's value compared to the rest of MLB really change that much in the space of seven days? "Who was that dude who was telling people these Orioles were about to go on a run in each of the past two weeks? Your good buddy Matt Snyder, that's who."

USA Today Power Rankings (17th; LW 20th)
And the Nation's newspaper lifts the O's three spots, while the Blue Jays got an unbelieveable 12 point rise. Geesh, people, a little perspective! Nobody's roster and fortunes changed that much in a week! USA Today also dryly notes "Club reaches .500 for the first time since May 5."

Grantland.com The 30 (17th; LW 21st)
Jonah Keri agrees with the consensus around the high teens for this team's ranking, and raises the O's four spots from last week.

Bleacher Report Power Rankings (17th; LW 19th)
B-R is being conservative this week, and actually explains their rationale for lifting the O's just two spots: "Despite sweeping a struggling Boston Red Sox team and taking two of three from the New York Yankees over the weekend, the Baltimore Orioles climb just two spots in the rankings due to concerns about their starting rotation." You know, it's not a bad point.