We know computers hate the Orioles, and national broadcasters hate the Orioles, but do the folks who make power polls/rankings hate the Orioles? Not yet, but it feels like it’s coming...
SI.com: The 30 (6th; Last Week: 7th)
Jonah Keri raises the Orioles one spot, and gives Zach Britton spotlight treatment this week: “Zach Britton is a two-time All-Star, so we can’t grant him any diamond-in-the-rough status. But the Orioles’ closer isn’t merely one of the better relievers in the game. He’s the most predictable pitcher in baseball … and yet no one can hit him.”
USA Today Power Rankings (6th; LW: 6th)
The Nation’s Newspaper keeps the O’s where they were. “Chris Tillman is their No. 1; who starts playoff Games 2 and 3?
Bleacher Report Power Rankings (5th; LW: 6th)
Slideshow Central brings the Orioles up a slot from last week. “The Baltimore Orioles picked up a series win over the struggling Tampa Bay Rays to maintain their hold on the AL East lead, but the Boston Red Sox are clearly gunning for them after trading for Drew Pomeranz.” Stop gunning for us, Boston!
CBS Sports (7th; LW: 7th)
Matt Snyder ranks the Orioles, 7th, and are now THREE slots behind the Blue Jays, who are actually behind them in the actual standings. “They've played 47 games at home (33-14) and 40 on the road (18-22). Having seven more road games moving forward could well cost them their two-game lead, but it's hard to bet against Buck Showalter.”
Power Rankings Guru (6th; LW 7th)
PRG is an aggregate of several national power rankings/polls, and they have the O’s at 6th.
reddit’s Power Poll (8th; LW: 8th)
The community editors over at reddit still agree the O’s are better than the Blue Jays, but not as good as the Red Sox. By the end of the week, they may have a defendable point. “Still hitting homers, still have only one reliable starting pitcher. I mean, it's not like we expected anything to change after the All Star break. They did try Dylan Bundy in the rotation this past weekend (though I'm not sure I agree with the move)...and he gave up three homers in less than four innings, which is pretty much par for the course with our starters. Still, it was more enjoyable than watching Mike Wright or Ubaldo or Gallardo go out there and "pitch."
OddsShark.com (12th; LW: 10th)
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 down two slots from last week.
The Baltimore Sun's MLB Power Rankings (5th; LW: N/A)
My report of The Sun’s Power Rankings seem to have been premature. Hey, next time, how about a heads up you’re taking a two week break, Jon Meoli? “Speaking of adding premium arms to the mix, the Orioles seem to be going the opposite way and picking the two best long relief options from their bullpen and giving them starts. Dylan Bundy and Vance Worley can surely bolster the Orioles’ prospects by getting them deep into games in their starts.”
ESPN.com Power Poll (N/A; LW: 6th)
The World-Wide Leader has still not updated their Power Rankings since July 11. Hmm...
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