The national writers and (and the computers) like the Orioles this week. Let's review!
MLB.com Power Rankings (14th; Last Week: 17th)
MLB has revamped their presentation of the Power Rankings, and now only go to 20 places. The O's were ranked 14th in the Experts poll (75% weight) and 14th in the Fans' Poll, so they are 14th overall. Top half of the league, Ma!
ESPN.com Power Poll (12th; LW: 16th)
And the rocket rise upwards continues, as the O's gain four more spots from ESPN. That's 10 spots in two weeks. "Manny Machado is putting together his finest offensive season. He's walking more often, hitting for more power and efficiently stealing bases, all while still playing excellent defense at third base." -- Matt Kremnitzer (@mattkremnitzer), Camden Depot
SI.com: Power Rankings (11th; LW: 14th)
Three more spots ahead in the SI poll, and the O's are almost in the top one-third of the league. Two weeks is a really, really long time in baseball, apparently.
FoxSports.com Power Rankings (16th; LW 18th)
FoxSports relies on the projections of our future computer overlords at Baseball Prospectus which have the O's in 16th, up two spots. "You can criticize the Orioles for optioning their best pitcher to avoid the Blue Jays, but you can't question their decision to call up Chris Parmelee, and dip him in a river of Chris Colabello's sweat."
CBS Sports Power Rankings (7th; LW 8th)
CBS is doubling down on the O's being one of the better teams in MLB. Top seven, huh? OK, if you say so... "They've waited through some key injuries, the rotation has been a mess at times and they're still right in the thick of things. The power of Buck."
USA Today Power Rankings (14th; LW 17th)
Just as last week, the Nation's Newspaper lifts the Orioles three spots. In their own, abbreviated way, USAT identifies a key event: "Two arduous wins in Canada; possible turning point?"
Grantland.com The 30 (11th; LW 17th)
Jonah Keri lifts the O's quite a bit this week - six spots in one week. He almost never does that big a move in one week. Hold me, I'm scared.
Bleacher Report Power Rankings (9; LW 17th)
So, about B-R being conservative in its movement of teams last week. Yeah, scratch that. The Orioles go up eight spots to a Top 10 position over at Slideshow Central. "After an uninspired 23-26 first two months of the season, the Baltimore Orioles finally appear to be hitting their stride at 13-4 in their last 17 games."