We know computers hate the Orioles, and national broadcasters hate the Orioles, but do the folks who make power polls/rankings hate the Orioles? When you're under .500 as a team, you get what you deserve.
MLB.com (16th; LW: 14th)
MLB.com drops the O’s to the top spot … of the bottom half of the league.
Bleacher Report Power Rankings (20th; LW: 15th)
B-R drops the O’s five more slots into the lowest third of MLB. Ouch. “For a middle-of-the-pack team, a mediocre week can sometimes lead to a bigger slide down the rankings than a similar week would for a high- or low-ranking club. Case in point: the Toronto Blue Jays and Baltimore Orioles last week.“
CBS Sports (16th; LW: 16th)
Matt Snyder leaves the O’s at 16th. “Sign of hope? Kevin Gausman worked 5 1/3 scoreless innings against the Blue Jays on Tuesday. Granted, you'd like to see him get deeper into the game to inspire more confidence, but he came in with a 6.47 ERA.”
reddit’s Power Poll (19th; LW:18th)
The community editors over at reddit drop the O’s yet another spot this week. “It took 20 games, but we finally didn't allow at least 5 runs in a game and didn't set a new major league record! Pop the champagne! But on the other hand, the offense is still bottom-10 and the pitching bottom-1 in the majors over the last 30 days. All this leads to a team that's bottom-5 in run differential in the majors. Which isn't a recipe for success. Outside of a magical 2012.”
OddsShark.com (30th; LW: 29th)
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 the Orioles are back to 30th.
ESPN.com Power rankings (21st; LW: 16th)
The World-Wide Leader drops the O’s five spots again this week. “The Orioles went 20 straight games allowing five runs or more, tying the modern MLB record set by the Phillies in 1924. By allowing just three runs on Saturday, they finally broke that woeful streak, and avoiding a challenge for the all-time record of 29 straight games set by Lousiville of the National League in 1894, according to research by Elias Sports Bureau. Suffice to say, it has been a tough year for O's pitching, with their 5.15 ERA ranking last in the AL.”
Rotoworld (18th; LW: 15th)
Jesse Pantuosco drops the Orioles three spots again. THis is becoming a concerning pattern. “The streak is over! The Orioles run of 20 straight games allowing five runs or more (is there anything the baseball record books don’t keep track of?) mercifully came to an end when Baltimore limited the Rays to three runs on Saturday. Despite what has been a disastrous two-month stretch, the O’s have to be pleased with Trey Mancini’s development. The 25-year-old rookie has been a pest this month, slashing .365/.407/.706 with seven homers over 85 June at-bats. If he had enough at-bats to qualify (he’s getting close), Mancini’s .321 average would be fifth-highest in the American League.”
Power Rankings Guru (19th; LW: 15th)
PRG is an aggregate of several national power rankings/polls, the O’s drop a spot to 15th. They are the biggest droppers of the week. So we lead the league in something!
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.
USA Today Power Rankings (N/A; LW: 12th)
The Nation’s Newspaper didn’t update their rankings in two weeks. This may be their last appearance in this space.
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