We know computers hate the Orioles, and national broadcasters hate the Orioles, but do the folks who make power polls/rankings hate the Orioles? Well, they’re still fairly bullish on our hometown team.
ESPN.com Power Poll (7th; Last Week: 6th)
Down a spot in The Worldwide Leader’s power ranking. And they have two teams who trail the Orioles (and whom the O’s beat just last week) ahead of them. Because that makes sense. “Out of the leadoff spot, Adam Jones isn't getting on base a ton (.310 OBP). But he is hitting for power, with eight home runs in June (tied for second in the majors). -- Matt Kremnitzer (@mattkremnitzer), Camden Depot”
SI.com: The 30 (6th; LW: 6th)
Jonah Keri leaves the Orioles just out of the Top Five for a third straight week. There can be worse things than being ranked the sixth best team in MLB in June.
USA Today Power Rankings (5th; LW: 6th)
The Nation’s Newspaper switches the O’s and Red Sox in their rankings, moving Boston down one and the Orioles up one slot. "Chris Tillman has a sneaky 10-1 record with a 3.11 ERA.”
Bleacher Report Power Rankings (5th; LW: 8th)
Slideshow Central lifts the Orioles up three slots, and actually notices what the O’s did against the AL East last week. “The Baltimore Orioles flexed their muscles in the AL East last week, taking two of three from the Boston Red Sox and Toronto Blue Jays to pull into sole possession of the AL East lead.”
CBS Sports (4th; LW: 3rd)
Matt Snyder slides the O’s down one, but can you complain about being ranked fourth? I’m not going to. “I realize I talk a lot about Manny Machado, but I refuse to slow down until he's mentioned in the same breath as the likes of Bryce Harper and Mike Trout. My latest attempt? Manny is on pace to hit .307/.375/.606 with 64 doubles and 44 home runs. He's 23 years old. He's one of baseball's best defenders. This is ridiculous.” NOTE: These rankings will lag by almost a week due to their publication date.
Power Rankings Guru (N/A; LW 6th)
PRG is an aggregate of several national power rankings/polls, and they apparently took the week off this week.
reddit’s Power Poll (7th; LW: 8th)
The community editors over at reddit still keep that team from Boston two slots ahead of the O’s. It’s like they don’t even watch the games. “A 4-2 week against the Red Sox and Blue Jays with some standout starting performances from Chris Tillman and Tyler Wilson. The O's are now 13-2 in games started by Tillman and 27-26 in games started by everyone else. J.J. Hardy and Yovani Gallardo both made solid but unspectacular returns from the DL this weekend, but I'm all aboard the Gallardo train if it means I don't need to see Mike Wright or Ubaldo start again.”
OddsShark.com (18th; LW: 14th)
Ranks are based on rolling past 20 games overall. And the OddsShark.com rankings roller coaster sends the O’s down four slots after taking two of three of the two teams directly behind them, and at their yards. I don’t really get these guys at all.
The Baltimore Sun's MLB Power Rankings (5th; LW: 6th)
The Sun lifts the Orioles one slot to 5th place. “June has been a good month for Jonathan Schoop. The Orioles’ second baseman has moved up in the lineup recently, thanks to a .324/.364/.577 batting line with four home runs. He’s becoming a consistent producer for manager Buck Showalter.”
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.