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Power Polls - O's in media rankings (Week 15)

There’s a consensus among columnists and rankers this week, and it’s decidedly not in the Top 10. Let’s take a look at the media power rankings for Week 15.

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Zach Britton, 2015 All-Star.
Zach Britton, 2015 All-Star.
Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports Power Rankings (10th; Last Week: 10th)

MLB has revamped their presentation of the Power Rankings, and now only go to 20 places. The O's were ranked 10th in the Experts poll (75% weight) and 11th in the Fans' Poll, so they are 10th overall. No change from last week. Power Poll (11th; LW: 11th)

Third week in a row for the O's to be in 11th place, despite the 3-10 tumble going into the All-Star Game break. "Manny Machado has clearly been the Orioles' best player this season and must be considered an AL MVP candidate. He leads the team in batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage, and is tied with Chris Davis with 19 home runs. -- Matt Kremnitzer (@mattkremnitzer), Camden Depot Power Rankings (13th; LW: 10th)

First poll that feels just about right to me. Of course, SI doesn't explain their picks at all, so maybe they had a dumb reason. But falling three spots to 13th feels about where this team should be. Power Rankings (17th ; LW 12th)

FoxSports relies on the projections of our future computer overlords at Baseball Prospectus and they have the O's in 17th, and that seems a tad low, but not by much. "It's amazing enough that Manny Machado is posting an .886 OPS as a 22-year-old (now 23), much less one coming off two major knee surgeries."

CBS Sports Power Rankings (N/A; LW 13th)

Apparently, CBS Sports' Matt Snyder took this week off from ranking MLB teams. His July 8th column is still up as of the time of this writing.

USA Today Power Rankings (13th; LW 10th)

High teens feels about right, as USAT mirrors SI in its rankings. "Lost Beltway series vs. Nats to drop to .500 for the first time since June 14. " The 30 (13th; LW 10th)

I do believe we are arriving at a consensus this week at 13th. "If Schoop can improve on the horrific 9-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio he posted last season, his power stroke and defense could help the Orioles considerably."

Bleacher Report Power Rankings (14th; LW 9th)

Just two weeks ago, Slideshow Central had the Orioles in the top three of the league. How the mighty have fallen in just two weeks.  "An 18-5 hot streak at the end of June had the Baltimore Orioles as high as No. 3 in these rankings, but they've gone just 3-8 since the calendar turned over to July and have slid back down as a result. A slumping offense has been the biggest culprit, as they're hitting .215 as a team and averaging 2.91 runs per game this month."