We know computers hate the Orioles, and national broadcasters hate the Orioles, but do the folks who make power polls/rankings hate the Orioles? After last week, I fear to look...
MLB.com (14th; LW: 13th)
MLB.com drops the O’s to the outer reaches of the top half of the league.
USA Today Power Rankings (N/A; LW: 12th)
The Nation’s Newspaper didn’t update their rankings in time to be included this week.
Bleacher Report Power Rankings (15th; LW: 13th)
B-R drops the O’s to the bottom of the top half of MLB.
CBS Sports (19th; LW: 10th)
Matt Synder lifts the O’s to the top position … in the bottom half of the league. “The Orioles now hold the AL record, having allowed at least five runs in 17 straight games.”
reddit’s Power Poll (18th; LW: 16th)
The community editors over at reddit drop the O’s two more spots this week. “The road struggles continued, losing 3/4 on the road in Chicago but managing to win 2/3 at home against St. Louis. On Sunday, Ubaldo Jimenez threw the first O's quality start since June 9th, but this is still a bottom 5 MLB rotation at best. And with no real help on the minor league horizon, it's tough to see it improving. On the positive side, rookie Trey Mancini has been fun as hell to watch this year.”
OddsShark.com (29th; LW: 30th)
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, and yet the lifted the O’s one slot! Sure, it was from 30th to 29th, but still … progress!
ESPN.com Power rankings (16th; LW: 11th)
The World-Wide Leader drops the O’s five spots this week. “Kevin Gausman has a 6.60 ERA, second worst among 83 qualified starters and the worst of any AL starter. Toss in Ubaldo Jimenez with a 6.25 ERA, and it's easy to see how the Orioles have allowed 358 runs, the second most in the American League behind the Athletics. Scoring 4.6 runs per game isn't enough when the starter is liable to give up four or more before he exits.”
Rotoworld (15th; LW: 12th)
Jesse Pantuosco drops the Orioles three spots, but he gave a subtle shout-out to Camden Chat! “It’s good to know my Power Rankings are making the rounds on Orioles blogs. Baltimore has lost 25 of 37 games during its month-long tailspin and injuries to Chris Davis and J.J. Hardy may sink them further into the abyss. If you’re looking for a silver lining, start with Adam Jones. He’s injected life into the Orioles’ lineup by batting .355 over his last eight games. Trey Mancini has also been a bright spot, hitting .412 with three homers and eight RBI over his last nine outings.”
Power Rankings Guru (15th; LW: 14th)
PRG is an aggregate of several national power rankings/polls, the O’s drop a spot to 15th.
SI.com: The 30 (20th; Last Ranking: 12th)
Jonah Keri is only doing his rankings once every two weeks. And he’s concentrating on the NL this week. The O’s clock in at #20, their lowest ranking of any writer-based list.
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.