We know computers hate the Orioles, and national broadcasters hate the Orioles, but do the folks who make power polls/rankings hate the Orioles? An ugly week has led to a free-fall in rankings.
MLB.com (12th; LW: 8th)
MLB.com drops the O’s to 12th, and that seems a bit high after last week.
USA Today Power Rankings (10th; LW: 5th)
Bleacher Report Power Rankings (12th; LW: 5th)
Slideshow Central drops the O’s to 12th, a seven slot dive. And fully deserved.
CBS Sports (16th; LW: 14th)
Matt Synder already dropped the O’s to 14th last week, and this week, it’s 16th, officially in the bottom half of MLB. And you can’t exactly argue against his reasoning: “Sixty percent of the rotation is a mess, Manny Machado is hitting .210 with a .292 OBP and the Orioles have lost 14 of their last 18. The 22-10 start built them up a lot of credit, but it's running out”
reddit’s Power Poll (15th; LW: 9th)
The community editors over at reddit drop the O’s to the bottom of the top half of MLB. “It's weird. This is roughly the record I expected after around 50 games, but the way the team went about getting there has been very frustrating. The team is currently on its worst stretch since 2011, having lost 7 in a row and 13 of 16. They're no longer winning the close games as the mediocre offensive and pitching numbers haven't clicked at the same time in awhile. This core group's window for contention is rapidly closing (or might have closed already).”
OddsShark.com (25th; LW: 12th)
Ranks are based on rolling past 20 games overall. They will typically be the lowest rankings the O’s receive, and they are even more pessimistic than most, placing the O’s at 25th. Ouch.
ESPN.com Power rankings (11th; LW: 5th)
The World-Wide Leader drops the Orioles six slots. “The O's [were] on a season-long seven-game losing streak. Looking back further, through May 9 the Orioles were 22-10, good for a .688 winning percentage that led the majors. Since then, they are 3-13, a .188 winning percentage that is worst in the majors in that span. Dylan Bundy finally had a bad outing, giving up six earned runs to the Tigers on May 18. But he rebounded in his next outing with seven innings of two-run ball, but the team nevertheless lost that game.”
Rotoworld (11th; LW: 4th)
Jesse Pantuosco follows the crowd, again, and drops the O’s outside the Top 10. “Baltimore halted its seven-game losing streak with a much-needed win over the Yankees on Memorial Day but the Orioles are still reeling. The perennial disappointment known as Ubaldo Jimenez has been exiled to the bullpen while Manny Machado and Chris Davis are still hitting under .230.
Even Chris Tillman, who led the O’s with 16 wins a season ago, has been lousy with a 1.67 WHIP and a .298 batting average against. Maybe the Orioles should have paced themselves after getting off to a blistering 22-10 start.”
Fox Sports (N/A; LW: 5th)
Fox Sports had not updated its ranking in time to be included this aggregation.
Power Rankings Guru (13th; LW: 6th)
PRG is an aggregate of several national power rankings/polls, and not surprisingly, the Orioles are the biggest drop of the week.
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