ESPN.com Power Poll (5th; Last Week: 6th)
Every time I check the standings, the Red Sox are below the Orioles. Not so at the World Wide Leader. Sigh... "The Orioles' starting rotation was a clear concern heading into the season, and so far it has held together (even without an injured Yovani Gallardo). O's starters have been in the middle of the pack in strikeouts per nine innings, walks per nine and ground-ball rate -- and, entering Sunday, sixth-best in the majors in home runs allowed per nine." -- Matt Kremnitzer (@mattkremnitzer), Camden Depot
SI.com: The 30 (4th; LW: 7th)
The good news? Jonah Keri kicks the O's up 3 spots. The bad news? Boston's two spots in front of them. I guess it would be boring if rankings just mirrored the standings, but geesh, the O's beat the Red Sox in the one series they seen each other this year, and that was AT Boston!
USA Today Power Rankings (5th; LW: 5th)
Orioles stay the same, Red Sox vault in front of them. Sigh... "M&M Boys (Manny & Mark) may never cool down."
Bleacher Report Power Rankings (3rd; LW: 7th)
Slideshow Central bumps up the O's to #3, just behind, well, guess who. "With a strong showing against a pair of AL Central teams in the Minnesota Twins and Detroit Tigers last week, the Baltimore Orioles climb up to the No. 3 spot. Their offense remains among the most dangerous in baseball, averaging 4.72 runs per game, and it has only improved now that Adam Jones has gotten things going after a rough start."
Reddit's Power Poll (6th; LW: 7th)
"The O's had their second 7 game winning streak of the season (also, their second 7 game winning streak since 2005). Chris Tillman continued his excellent season with 7 shutout innings, lowering his ERA to 2.58. Last season, he finished at 4.99. Meanwhile, Adam Jones entered the week hitting .200/.267/.274 with 1 HR. He exited the week hitting .267/.328/.442 with 5 HRs. Thanks Seattle!"
OddsShark.com (8th; LW: 18th)
Ranks are based on rolling past 20 games overall. The Orioles jump up almost a dozen slots in this week's poll. Guess when you win 6 of your last 7, computers like that.
The Baltimore Sun's MLB Power Rankings (3rd; LW: 6th)
The Sun refuses to follow the crowd and has the Orioles ahead of the Red Sox, placing the Birds in the 3rd slot, just ahead of Boston. "A second seven-game winning streak of the season has helped the Orioles maintain a slight lead in the American League East, though there isn't much separation. This week was all thanks to center fielder Adam Jones, who hit .520/.556/1.080 with four home runs last week. He raised his average from .200 to .267 in the process."
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