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Power Polls: O's in media rankings (Week 21)

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What a week of misery it was for the O’s. And their rankings in national media polls have suffered as a result, but maybe not as much as we thought they might.

Buck Showalter asks a Fox Sports reporter why the hate the O's.
Buck Showalter asks a Fox Sports reporter why the hate the O's.
Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

MLB.com Power Rankings (12th; Last Week: 11th)

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. That seems a bit high to me.

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

The Worldwide Leader moves the Orioles down two spots, as they get credit for the A's sweep before the trouncing by the Twins. "The Orioles failed to ride the momentum of a four-game sweep of the A's, splitting two games with the Mets and struggling in four games against the Twins. The O's need to consistently play better to earn a wild-card berth. -- Matt Kremnitzer (@mattkremnitzer), Camden Depot"

SI.com: Power Rankings (12th; LW: 11th)

Sports Illustrated drops the O's by just one spot. I have a feeling the freefall down the rankings will start next week if results don't change soon.

FoxSports.com Power Rankings (15th ; LW 11th)

FoxSports and the fine folks at Baseball Prospectus have the O's as the biggest dropper of the week, and they certainly deserve it. "The Orioles remain on the periphery of the playoff picture, and while their run differential says they're better than their record, Baltimore is 17-22 in one-run games. They'll need to tighten that up to remain alive in October."

CBS Sports Power Rankings (16th; LW 12th)

Matt Snyder over at the Tiffany Network drops the O's as much as FoxSports. Ouch. "Ubaldo Jimenez in the first half: 7-4, 2.81 ERA. Second half? 2-4, 7.65 ERA. Welcome back, man. We missed you."

USA Today Power Rankings (14th; LW 12th)

The Nation's Newspaper drop the O's two spots. And I knew J.J. Hardy was having a rough season, but I didn't realize it was THIS bad: "A lost season for banged-up J.J. Hardy, whose OPS-plus dropped from 90 to 54."

Grantland.com The 30 (12th; LW 11th)

Jonah Keri seems to think the O's aren't that far from the top third of the league. I have a feeling that will change next week.

Bleacher Report Power Rankings (17th; LW 12th)

Slideshow Central drops the O's the most of all, down five spots to 17th, in the bottom half of the league. And maybe I'm a pessimist, but this seems the most correct evaluation of the current state of the team. "Chris Tillman continues to pitch well with a 2.50 ERA in six second-half starts. But the rest of the rotation has been inconsistent at best and will need to fall into place for them to have a chance at reaching the postseason."