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Power Polls - O's in media polls (Week 23)

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August was the month the Orioles’ playoffs hope died, and September is turning into one long wake.

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Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports Power Rankings (15th; Last Week: 17th)
They actually went up two spots. I have no idea why. None. MLB has revamped their presentation of the Power Rankings, and now only go to 20 places. The O's were ranked 15th in the Experts poll (75% weight) and 17th in the Fans' Poll, so they are 15th overall. Power Poll (17th; LW: 15th)
Another week, another two-slot drop by The Worldwide Leader. "Chris Davis has topped 40 home runs for the second time in three years, and over that span he has 21 more homers than anyone else. Davis will be a free agent after this season, and he's going to make a lot of money." -- Matt Kremnitzer (@mattkremnitzer), Camden Depot Power Rankings (17th; LW: 16th)
Just a one slot drop this week. Maybe I'm just a pessimist, but 17th almost seems to high to me. Power Rankings (19th; LW 17th)
FoxSports and the fine folks at Baseball Prospectus drop the Orioles another two spots, just like last week. "Losing 14 of your last 17 sure is one way to take yourselves out of playoff contention. It doesn't help matters that five of those losses were by one run."

CBS Sports Power Rankings (20th; LW 22nd)
Matt Snyder loves to remind us how badly the Orioles' season has tanked in the past three weeks, even as he lifts them two slots. "They're closer to having the worst record in the AL than they are to a wild card. They were holding onto that second AL wild card as late as Aug. 17, too."

USA Today Power Rankings (18th; LW 17th)
The Nation's Newspaper drops the O's another slot this week. "Fades from AL wild card contention after losing 14 of last 17 games." The 30 (17th; LW 16th)
Jonah Keri drops the O's just one slot, but when falling to just 17th feels like a favor, that tells you what kind of stretch the O's are currently in.

Bleacher Report Power Rankings (22nd; LW 19th)
Slideshow Central drops the Orioles three slots, to a national media low of 22nd. And I can't really argue with them. "Mediocre starting pitching remains the team's biggest issue, and it's something that will have to be addressed in the offseason if it has any intentions of contending in 2016."