We know computers hate the Orioles, and national broadcasters hate the Orioles, but do the folks who make power polls/rankings hate the Orioles? The past week hasn’t really given anyone to be much more optimistic about this team.
MLB.com (18th; LW: 16th)
MLB.com drops the O’s ttwo spots yet again. At this rate, they’ll be 30th by Sept. 1.
Bleacher Report Power Rankings (18h; LW: 20th)
B-R ranks the O’s 18th as well, but that’s an increase in two positions.
CBS Sports (19th; LW: 16th)
Matt Synder drops the Orioles three slots. “What'll change? Manny Machado is having a lost season, offensively. I just can't accept this as a reality for a full season.”
reddit’s Power Poll (19th; LW:19th)
The community editors over at reddit stabilize the O’s position at #19 for a second week. “Winning 2/3 in Toronto and only allowing 5 runs total sure was nice. As was watching good Kevin Gausman show up on Sunday, scattering 2 hits across 7 shutout innings. In his last three starts, he's allowed only three runs over 18 innings with a 22:6 K:BB ratio. In his previous 15 starts, he had a 54:37 K:BB. Hopefully, this is a sign of things to come. In other good news, Jonathan Schoop made his 1st All Star team.”
OddsShark.com (27th; 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 the Orioles are actually up three slots to 27th.
ESPN.com Power rankings (19th; LW: 21st)
The World-Wide Leader lifts the O’s two spots this week. “Ubaldo Jimenez threw eight shutout innings on Thursday against the Blue Jays. He hadn't done that since Aug. 8, 2015, against the Angels. His start was the longest scoreless turn from any Orioles pitcher this season. The only other O's pitcher to go eight or more innings this season? Wade Miley. Who saw those two names as the answers to that question entering the season?”
Rotoworld (17th; LW: 18th)
Jesse Pantuosco elevates the Orioles one position. “How far has Manny Machado sunk? He now carries a lower OPS than his notoriously light-hitting teammate, backup catcher Caleb Joseph. Jonathan Schoop is deserving of his first All-Star nod. Among major league second basemen, he ranks second in home runs (16), third in RBI (51) and sixth in average (.294). Ace closer Zach Britton will give the Orioles’ bullpen a boost when he returns later this week.”
Power Rankings Guru (18th; LW: 19th)
PRG is an aggregate of several national power rankings/polls, the O’s rise a spot to 18th.
SI.com: The 30 (21th; Last Ranking: 20th)
Jonah Keri is only doing his rankings once every two weeks. And oddly enough, the O’s only changed one position. “Even with a slightly more refined batting eye this year, (Jonathan) Schoop will likely remain a free swinger when compared to his slugging peers. But on an Orioles team that’ll need to win a bunch of 8–7 games to vie for a playoff berth, another potent source of offense is still most welcome.”
USA Today and FoxSports have stopped producing their Power Rankings and have been removed from this aggregation.
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