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Power Polls: Orioles in media rankings - Week 16

There’s a consensus among columnists and rankers this week, and it’s lucky #13.

Manny Machado's uniform number is rather relevant this week.
Manny Machado's uniform number is rather relevant this week.
Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

MLB.com Power Rankings (12th; Last Week: 10th)

MLB has revamped their presentation of the Power Rankings, and now only go to 20 places. The O's were ranked 12th in the Experts poll (75% weight) and 12th in the Fans' Poll, so they are 12th overall. Seems a tad high to me.

ESPN.com Power Poll (13th; LW: 11th)

The Worldwide Leader has the O's still close to the top third of the league. If you say so... "Chris Tillman threw eight innings of one-hit ball in a win over Detroit on Saturday. The O's are going to need more performances like that from Tillman, who struggled mightily in the first half. -- Matt Kremnitzer (@mattkremnitzer), Camden Depot"

SI.com: Power Rankings (13th; LW: 13th)

I'm not quite sure why the national media has settled on the idea there's only 12 teams better than the Orioles, but I suppose it's better than being underrated.

FoxSports.com Power Rankings (16th ; LW 17th)

FoxSports relies on the projections of our future computer overlords at Baseball Prospectus and they have the O's in 16th. I hate it when the computers are right. "Cole Hamels would be a perfect fit to front the Orioles rotation, but they'd probably just take away his changeup before he hurt himself."

CBS Sports Power Rankings (15th; LW 14th)

The O's are exactly in the middle of their power rankings, which might be a tad optimistic. "Only 11 players in the expansion era have recorded more than 500 career hits before the end of their age-22 season. Manny Machado is 65 away."

USA Today Power Rankings (12th; LW 13th)

So, USAT raises the O's one place, and that makes them the biggest risers of the week. Wut? "Just started stretch of 18 road games in 25 dates. They're 19-27 on the road this year."

Grantland.com The 30 (14th; LW 13th)

Jonah Keri keeps the Orioles in the upper half of the league. I need to watch more games of other teams if everyone thinks there's 16 teams worse than the Orioles. There's a lot of bad baseball I'm missing, apparently.

Bleacher Report Power Rankings (13th; LW 14th)

Slideshow Central also settles on 13th as the ranking for the Orioles. Call me dumbfounded. "One player who could be a real X-factor in the second half is Chris Tillman. He's gone 2-0 with a 1.40 ERA in his last four starts, including eight shutout innings of one-hit ball in his last start, after beginning the year 5-7 with a 6.22 ERA in his 14 starts."