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Power Rankings Roundup for Week 2: Where the Orioles get a little respect

We know computers hate the Orioles, and national broadcasters hate the Orioles, but do the folks who make power polls/rankings hate the Orioles, even after a hot start to the season? Let's find out.

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"It's OK, Zack, someday the computers will like us."
"It's OK, Zack, someday the computers will like us."
Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports Power Rankings (3rd; Last Week: 16th) has decided to make their rankings a video-only affair. Here's the link to the video. They rank the Orioles 2nd, but only 3 teams are listed. This will be the last week MLB's rankings will appear in this feature, because their new format is really, really dumb. Power Poll (6th; LW: 11th)
"After taking a jump forward offensively last season, when he hit a career-high 35 home runs and nearly doubled his walk rate, Manny Machado could end up performing even better this season. Already arguably the best defensive third baseman in the game, Machado should again be an MVP candidate this year and is establishing himself as one of the best players in baseball. -- Matt Kremnitzer (@mattkremnitzer), Camden Depot." The 30 (9th; LW: 10th)
Jonah Keri bumps the O's up one spot, solidifying a Top 10 placement.

USA Today Power Rankings (7th; LW: 13th)
Higher and higher the Orioles climb in the Nation's Newspaper's rankings. "Averaging more than two homers a game through first 11." Now that's a nice stat to look at.

Bleacher Report Power Rankings (10th; LW: 17th)
"Many people were nothing short of outraged when the Baltimore Orioles didn't immediately shoot to No. 1 in these rankings after going 5-0 the first week of the season, and perhaps they did deserve to be a bit higher than No. 17.  ... A lack of trust in their starting rotation was the biggest reason the Orioles didn't climb any higher after that impressive first week, and those concerns proved to be completely justified."

And yes, I de-slideshow-ified it for you. You're welcome.

Yahoo! Sports (2nd; LW: 19th)
"Why baseball is a better sport than basketball: No one has breathed the notion the Orioles might be better without Adam Jones." True, very true. NOTE: These rankings will lag by almost a week due to their publication date.

CBS Sports (4th; LW: 21st)
"The results have been exceptional and there was a large group of teams with very, very little separation to start the season, hence the gigantic leap after only about five percent of the season being played. Also, I do always reserve the right to change my mind from week to week. Consider it at least temporarily changed, despite me still disliking their rotation." NOTE: These rankings will lag by almost a week due to their publication date.

Reddit's Power Poll (12th; LW: 22nd)
"Naturally, the O's are the only undefeated team after the first week of the season. But it's how they've gotten there that's been really shocking. Pitching! The staff is currently 2nd in the majors with a 1.80 ERA and the starters alone are 3rd with a 2.28. Meanwhile, Rule 5 OF Joey Rickard is rapidly becoming a fan favorite. He, Jonathan Schoop, and Manny Machado are the only players with hits in all 5 games." And yet there are two AL East teams ranked ahead of them, including, inexcusably, the Red Sox. (10th; LW: 15th)
They have a unique methodology for their rankings: "Power Rankings for MLB are updated every Monday and Friday of the regular season. Ranks are based on rolling past 20 games overall, early in the season, this date range reaches back to regular-season games of the previous year. You look at the baseball standings, see the Red Sox at the bottom of the AL East and the Orioles at the top, and automatically decide to bet on Baltimore. That's not an example of powerful handicapping and not a smart way to make bets." Well, actually...

The Baltimore Sun's MLB Power Rankings (4th; LW: 2nd)
It's a bad slideshow, and one I couldn't de-slidehow-ify but hey, it's the hometown paper. The O's drop two slots in this week's poll.

Any egregious slights or wild overestimation of this team? Any polls you'd like to see included? Add your thoughts down below and hit me up on Twitter @Bill_Duck21804 where you will find way, way too much discussion of politics and MMA for any baseball fan's liking.