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Orioles power rankings roundup for week 3: They're starting to believe

We know computers hate the Orioles, and national broadcasters hate the Orioles, but do the folks who make power polls/rankings hate the Orioles? This week, apparently not.

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ESPN.com Power Poll (4th; LW: 6th)
The World Wide Leader has the Orioles in the top four. Well, OK then. Didn't see that coming. "Two strengths for the Orioles this year were supposed to be power hitting and relief pitching. So far, that has been the case. The Orioles are first in the majors in slugging percentage and have also been surprisingly good in on-base percentage. And the O's bullpen is top three in both ERA and FIP (fielding independent pitching), with a dominant group of back-end relievers." -- Matt Kremnitzer (@mattkremnitzer), Camden Depot

SI.com: The 30 (7th; LW: 9th)
Jonah Keri bumps the O's up two spots. I'm sensing a trend, but one I don't completely understand, having actually watched the Orioles play last week.

USA Today Power Rankings (6th; LW: 7th)
Another spot higher in yet another poll. What are these national writers seeing that we're not seeing? "Manny Machado the early front runner for AL MVP."

Bleacher Report Power Rankings (9th; LW: 10th)
Even Slideshow Central is hopping on the Orioles' bandwagon. At least this one comes with a note of caution. "For now they've managed to tiptoe around their pitching issues, and they picked up a nice series win against the Toronto Blue Jays last week to protect their standing atop the division and in the top 10 of these rankings. Their position is a precarious one, though, and sustained success simply isn't possible if the rotation continues to be one of the worst in baseball."

CBS Sports (7th; LW: 3rd)
Someone noticed the offense hasn't been a powerhouse all season. "Take an offense heavily reliant on power, combine it with a lackluster starting rotation but an exceptional bullpen and you'll get a streaky team. Sure enough, the Orioles won seven straight to open the season and now have dropped four of their last five. It's gonna be a hill-and-valley season." NOTE: These rankings will lag by almost a week due to their publication date.

Reddit's Power Poll (8th; LW: 8th)
"2010 1st round pick Manny Machado had his first hitless game of the season, 2011 1st round pick Dylan Bundy recorded his first major league strikeout, and 2012 1st round pick Kevin Gausman makes his season debut today. Meanwhile, 2007 5th round pick Jake Arrieta threw his 2nd no hitter for the Cubs this past week, but whatever. Who needs pitching anyway? MORE HOMERUNS!"

OddsShark.com (5th; LW: 6th)
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." And the O's creep up one spot with the guys who do this for money.

The Baltimore Sun's MLB Power Rankings (6th; LW: 4th)
It's a bad slideshow, and it's behind a paywall, but hey, it's the hometown paper. The O's drop two slots in this week's poll. Again. "Buoyed by a hot offensive start, the Orioles are atop the American League East. But no team in baseball has fewer than their 86 1/3 total innings from starters this season, and the starting pitching ERA of 5.32 is particularly unsightly. They'll have to keep hitting to sustain this start."

Any egregious slights or wild overestimation of this team? Any polls you'd like to see included? Add your thought 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.