We know computers hate the Orioles, and national broadcasters hate the Orioles, but do the folks who make power polls/rankings hate the Orioles? They seemed to like the results against the Rangers, that’s for sure.
MLB.com (19th; LW: N/A)
Alyson Footer at MLB.com only does a Top 20. And a sweep of Texas was good enough to get the Orioles back in at #19. And apologies for not referencing Footer’s name until this week. No idea why I omitted that. Sorry!
Bleacher Report Power Rankings (19th; LW: 25th)
Joel Reuter must have really liked that sweep against Texas, as he lifts the Orioles six slots.
CBS Sports (21st; LW: 25th)
Matt Synder lifts the O’s four slots. “They've won six of nine (before Wednesday’s game), which is nice, and Kevin Gausman has put together back-to-back good outings. But are the Orioles gonna play themselves out of "sell" territory and then tread water in mediocrity? A really interesting group to watch.”
reddit’s Power Poll (22nd; LW:23rd)
The community editors over at reddit are back after a one-week vacation. “Just when it looked like the O's were getting ready to sell, they pulled off the most poorly timed four game sweep in recent memory. Hopefully, this won't prevent them from selling off some assets, but with Angelos behind the scenes, who really knows? In positive news, Zach Britton set the AL record for consecutive saves today with 55 in a row (gimme prospects please).”
OddsShark.com (22nd; 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, yet this week they’re right in line with everyone else. Odd.
ESPN.com Power rankings (19th; LW: 21st)
The World-Wide Leader lifts the Orioles another two spots this week. “The Orioles scored 10 runs in back-to-back games this past week and seven-plus runs in four straight games. Offense isn't quite the issue, but starting pitching remains a problem -- the rotation has put up a 5.98 ERA. Since earned runs became official in the American League in 1913, the franchise has had a starters ERA above this year's mark just three times -- in 1936, 1937 and 1939, all as the St. Louis Browns. “
Rotoworld (20th; LW: 21st)
Jesse Pantuosco elevates the O’s one slot. “Adam Jones means business. He’s swung a smoking-hot bat for the O’s, batting an absurd .485 with four dingers and 11 RBI over his last seven games. He’s lifted his season average from .258 to .278 during that span. The O’s discussed a long-term deal with Jonathan Schoop last offseason and are likely to revisit those talks over the winter. 17 of Schoop’s team-leading 71 RBI this year have come over his last eight games.”
USA Today (T-18th; LR: 17th)
The Nation’s Newspaper’s has the Orioles in a tie for 18th place. Reallty. They do. “Nothing short of disaster will convince Duquette/Angelos brain trust to sell everything.”
Power Rankings Guru (22nd; LW: 2nd)
PRG is an aggregate of several national power rankings/polls, the O’s clock in at #20.
SI.com: The 30 (25th; Last Ranking: 21st)
Jonah Keri is only doing his rankings once every two weeks. And this isn’t the week.
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