ESPN.com Power Poll (6th; LW: 7th)
Of course, the World Wide Leader has those hated Red Sox in front of the O's, even those Boston had a worse record when the polls were formulated. Sigh... "What's up with Adam Jones? His average is hovering around the Mendoza line, and he has hit just one home run so far. An early-season ribcage injury may be lingering, but the Orioles could really use him heating up in the next few weeks." -- Matt Kremnitzer (@mattkremnitzer), Camden Depot
SI.com: The 30 (7th; LW: 7th)
Same thing as ESPN - Boston in front of the Orioles, despite a worse record when the polls were written. Sigh...
USA Today Power Rankings (5th; LW: 6th)
A slightly better week for the Orioles. "It's time for America to mention Manny Machado with Harper/Trout."
Bleacher Report Power Rankings (7th; LW: 10th)
Slideshow Central noticed the upswing in the rotation's performance and adjusted accorindgly. "Starting pitching is still a concern in Baltimore, but the return of Kevin Gausman has provided a spark.The hard-throwing righty has a 1.42 ERA and 0.684 WHIP in three starts since coming off of the disabled list, but unfortunately that's resulted in two no decisions and a loss."
CBS Sports (7th; LW: 9th)
"With a questionable rotation (4.62 ERA entering Wednesday), losing J.J. Hardy's glove for even as little as a month is gonna leave a mark. Crazy, semi-serious (OK, not serious at all but still fun) idea: Just let the great Manny Machado cover the entire left side of the infield and use the extra defender elsewhere." NOTE: These rankings will lag by almost a week due to their publication date.
Reddit's Power Poll (7th; LW: 9th)
"A 4-2 week as the offense continued their boom or bust ways, scoring 16 runs in the final 2 games of the week and enduring a 30 inning stretch from Tuesday through Saturday where they scored only two runs. We did see both Ubaldo Jimenez and Kevin Gausman put together 8 inning starts this week (just one 8 inning start is a rarity). Also shocking: Both Chris Tillman and Gausman are currently sporting sub-3.00 FIPs!"
OddsShark.com (18th; LW: 12th)
It's a different methodology for this poll. 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. The Orioles drop half a dozen slots in this week's poll, after dropping half a dozen slots last week. So, whatever everyone else is seeing to keep the Orioles in the Top 10, OddsShark ain't seeing it.
The Baltimore Sun's MLB Power Rankings (9th; LW: 6th)
It's a bad slideshow, and it's behind a paywall, but hey, it's the hometown paper. And yet even The Sun puts the Orioles behind the Red Sox. What's the saying, "A prophet is honored everywhere except in his own hometown"? From the article: "What a difference a few days make. The Orioles went from looking like they may never score again to smashing six home runs and sending the fans home happy after a 6-4 homestand. Manny Machado is simply on another level right now."
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