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Power Polls: Orioles in the power rankings (Week 14)

The O’s time among the consensus Top 10 in the league was short-lived, as the writers and computers across our fair land have dropped them back a bit. Let’s take a look at the Rankings for Week 14.

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Kevin Gausman's ERA rose as fast as the O's media rankings fell this week.
Kevin Gausman's ERA rose as fast as the O's media rankings fell this week.
Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports Power Rankings (10th; Last Week: 8th)

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 10th in the Fans' Poll, so they are 10th overall. Power Poll (11th; LW: 11th)

ESPN leaves the O's right where they were last week, one spot out of the Top 10. "Jonathan Schoop returned from the disabled list on Sunday and homered in his first plate appearance. The O's hope he'll continue to provide more power along with solid defense at second base." -- Matt Kremnitzer (@mattkremnitzer), Camden Depot Power Rankings (10th; LW: 7th)
SI drops the O's three spots, leaving them clinging by their fingernails to a Top 10 ranking. Power Rankings (12th ; LW 14th)

FoxSports relies on the projections of our future computer overlords at Baseball Prospectus have the O's in 12th, up two spots for the third week in a row. Didn't expect the stats to like us after last week. Anyway, this was written before Tuesday's dumpster fire: "Kevin Gausman has started two games this season, resulting in 11.1 innings, eight strikeouts, three walks, and a 1.59 ERA. Maybe the Orioles should just let him keep doing that?"

CBS Sports Power Rankings (13th; LW 8th)
CBS really , really, really didn't like this past week for the O's, dropping them almost half a dozen spots. "Chris Tillman had a good outing and then a non-disaster, so maybe he's getting back on track. Seeing the Tillman from 2012-14 would be a huge boost in the running for the AL East." I'm not holding my breath...

USA Today Power Rankings (10th; LW 8th)
USAT drops the O's two spots to the bottom of the Top 10. Probably a fair assessment. "Offense could get more punch out of Jonathan Schoop's return." The 30 (10th; LW 8th)

Jonah Keri pulls the O's back a bit, dropping them two spots this week.

Bleacher Report Power Rankings (9th; LW 3rd)
Slideshow Central woke up from its Natty Boh bender and dropped the O's back to 9th from their fever-dream induced ranking at #3 last week. "The Orioles will have a chance to get some revenge against the Twins to kick off this coming week before hosting the Washington Nationals in the always-fun Beltway series." Yea, about those games against the Twins...