We know computers hate the Orioles, and national broadcasters hate the Orioles, but do the folks who make power polls/rankings hate the Orioles? Winning series against the Dodgers and Angels helped, but not as much as hoped for.
ESPN.com Power Poll (N/A; Last Week: 6th)
The World-Wide Leader chose not to update their rankings this week.
SI.com: The 30 (7th; LW: 6th)
Jonah Keri lowers the O’s one spot again this week. And puts the Blue Jays two slots ahead of them.
USA Today Power Rankings (6th; LW: 4th)
The Nation’s Newspaper hasn’t updated for this week, but dropped the O’s two slots from where they started the month. “16-21 on the road - and currently in stretch of 16 road games out of 19.”
Bleacher Report Power Rankings (6th; LW: 8th)
Slideshow Central brings the Orioles back up two slots. But they obviously don’t know Honey Badger General Manager very well. “It's been the same story all season with the Orioles. They have a high-powered offense and a terrific bullpen, but the starting rotation lacks a front-line starter and anything in the way of consistency. Even at 15 games over .500, it's hard to view the Orioles as a legitimate World Series contender with their current rotation. Expect them to address that weakness with an addition of some sort before the Aug. 1 deadline.” Actually, don’t expect that at all, because it’s not going to happen.
CBS Sports (7th; LW: 4th)
Matt Snyder ranks the orioles, 7th, right behind the Blue Jays, who are actually behind them in the actual standings. This stuff gets complicated, you see. “The Blue Jays in the rearview mirror in the AL East seem to be getting awfully big and worrisome, eh?”
Power Rankings Guru (7th; LW 5th)
PRG is an aggregate of several national power rankings/polls, and they have the O’s at 7th.
reddit’s Power Poll (8th; LW: 7th)
The community editors over at reddit agree the O’s are better than the Blue Jays, but not as good as the Red Sox. OK then. “Closing the 1st half with 51 wins and a two game lead in the division is pretty surprising when you look at the pitching's numbers this year. Five Orioles are going to the Midsummer Classic and two of them are actually pitchers! None starters, but whatever. Just for fun, who remembers back in 2014 when big free agent acquisition Ubaldo Jimenez went on the DL with a disappointing 4.52 ERA on July 5th? If only his ERA was that good now…”
OddsShark.com (10th; LW: 12th)
Ranks are based on rolling past 20 games overall. OddsShark seems to have stabilized quite a bit in the past month, and have the O’s up two slots from last week.
The Baltimore Sun's MLB Power Rankings (-30-)
The Sun has apparently decided to end its power rankings, as they have published none in the month of July.
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.