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 as much as they deserve, quite frankly.
MLB.com (8th; LW: 5th)
MLB.com drops the O’s to 8th, and that’s feeling kind of generous at the moment.
USA Today Power Rankings (5th; LW: 4th)
The Nation’s Newspaper drops the O’s to 5th. “They've started "Beef" chants at Camden Yards for Welington Castillo, rolling along at .348/.375/.543.”
Bleacher Report Power Rankings (5th; LW: 5th)
Slideshow Central leaves the Orioles in 5th, but I wouldn’t get too comfortable with that ranking unless the Orioles look a lot better this weekend against Houston.
CBS Sports (14th; LW: 6th)
Matt Synder once ranked the Orioles as the best team in baseball earlier this seasson when no one else did, now he barely has them in the top half of the league at 14th. “The bullpen has blown nine leads of at least three runs, which leads the majors. Overall, the Orioles have lost nine of their last 12.” And that was going into Wednesday, when they dropped another one.
reddit’s Power Poll (9th; LW: 6th)
The community editors over at reddit drop the O’s to the oter reaches of the Top 10 at 9th. “It's nearly the end of May and the O's are a half game off of the division lead. Just as we all predicted. Dylan Bundy and Wade Miley have been the leaders of the rotation, both with sub-3.00 ERAs, but I'm getting nervous about how long that can last. Bundy's low 17.1 K% and Miley's high 13.3 BB% both indicate some regression is on the horizon. But probably the most concerning part about the team right now...man, I used to trust the bullpen. But it's scary now.”
OddsShark.com (12th; LW: 19th)
Ranks are based on rolling past 20 games overall. They will typically be the lowest rankings the O’s receive, and after a week where the O’s didn’t look very good … they are up seven spots. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
ESPN.com Power rankings (Xth; LW: 5th)
The World-Wide Leader leaves the O’s at #5. I have no idea why. “It was a banner week for Chris Davis. On Tuesday night, he hit go-ahead home runs in the 12th and 13th innings of the Orioles' game in Detroit. He became the second player in Browns/Orioles franchise history with two go-ahead home runs in extra innings; the other was Vern Stephens with the St. Louis Browns in 1943. On Thursday, Davis added his 250th career home run.”
Rotoworld (4th; LW: 4th)
Jesse Pantuosco follows the crowd and leaves the O’s at 4th. I get the feeling these rankers haven’t really watched the O’s for the past week and a half. “When Zach Britton landed on the disabled list for a second time, I assumed the Orioles would be in good hands with Brad Brach pitching the ninth inning. Maybe it’s time to revisit that. Brach has melted down this month, blowing two saves with a miserable 6.75 ERA. At least Welington Castillo has done his part by hitting .330 to begin the year including .381 over his last nine games. At 15-5, the Orioles own the best home record in Major League Baseball.”
Fox Sports (5th; LW: 4th)
The folks at Fox drop the O’s one spot. “One Not-So-Nice Thing: Manny Machado wasn’t having a stellar season at the plate (101 wRC+) and then he had X-rays on his hand after (another) HBP. He’s OK, but it’s been a long season.
Power Rankings Guru (6th; LW: 5th)
PRG is an aggregate of several national power rankings/polls, and drop the O’s one slot.
SI.com: The 30 (9th; Last Week: 6th)
Jonah Keri is apparently only doing his rankings once every two weeks. And half a month later, he drops the Orioles to 9th.
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