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Power Polls: How O's fare in media rankings

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The national writers and (and the computers) don’t like the O’s much this week, except for two rankings that somehow, some way moved the Orioles up. I don’t get it, either. Let’s review!

Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports

MLB.com Power Rankings (14th)
MLB has revamped their presentation of the Power Rankings, and now only go to 20 places. The O's were 14th in the Experts poll (75% weight) and 16th in the Fans' Poll, so they are 14th. That's actually up one spot from last week. I get the feeling MLB.com's experts need to actually watch some games if they think the Orioles are in the top half of the league this week.

ESPN.com Power Poll (17th)
The Orioles fall back 3 spots to #17 this week. It could be worse. "The Orioles are hovering around .500 despite scoring the second-fewest runs among all American League teams in the month of May." -- Matt Kremnitzer (@mattkremnitzer), Camden Depot

SI.com: Power Rankings (21st)
The Orioles fall three spots, with SI ranking them in the bottom third of the league. I wish I could disagree.

FoxSports.com Power Rankings (21st)
FoxSports does their rankings solely on Baseball Prospectus' playoff odds, which does the O's no favors. And yet the computers are in line with the humans over at SI.com. "It may not always be as aesthetically pleasing as his eyes, but Chris Davis has 12 homers and a .500 slugging percentage. Only 25 players in all of baseball rank above him in that department."

CBS Sports Power Rankings (22nd)
The O's are at 22nd, down four from last week's revised ranking. Ouch. And the CBS pundit is getting worried about Chris Tillman: "I think 10 starts is a big enough sample to worry about Chris Tillman. Every time he has a good outing -- which are few and far between -- he gets knocked around next time out."

USA Today Power Rankings (16th)
The Orioles gained one spot, in a move that makes, well, absolutely no sense. Has anyone at USA Today actually watched this team in the past two weeks? "Club has scored two runs or fewer eight times in the last 16 games." Oh, so they have. Yet still rank them higher than last week?

Grantland.com The 30 (18th)
Ever the incrementalist, Jonah Keri only demotes the O's two spots this week. But they are the subject of one of his three deep dives this week, and the results aren't pretty. "Over the past two years, Chris Tillman has gone from All-Star to Guy Who Needs To Be Demoted Or Put On The DL For A Made-Up Reason. Based on this year's 5.94 ERA and two-month-long piñata impression, it would appear that Tillman has experienced a sudden drop in skill and effectiveness. However, there's one problem with that line of thinking: He was never that great in the first place." He goes on from there, invoking my favorite pitching stats, FIP, to argue Tillman never was even a league-average pitcher.


Bleacher Report Power Rankings (20th)
The Orioles slide three spots in the rankings of Slideshow Central. By the way, the linked version is de-slideshow-ified. And they remind us as bad as the Orioles are, the rest of the division isn't much better. "The Baltimore Orioles have been spinning their tires for a few weeks now, and they wrapped up the month of May at 13-16 with a minus-nine run differential.Luckily, the AL East remains wide open, and despite being three games under .500 on the year, they are still just two games back in the standings (ed.: as of June 1)."