MLB.com (17th; LW: 14th)
Alyson Footer at MLB.com drops the Orioles to 17th after a week in the top half of the league.
Bleacher Report Power Rankings (15th; LW: 14th)
Joel Reuter drops the O’s just one slot. He grades on more of a curve than I do.
CBS Sports (18th; LW: 15th)
Matt Synder lowers the Orioles three slots. “The offense is humming like many thought it would all year, hitting more than 100 OPS points higher since the All-Star break. (OK, so I typed that before the Tuesday night game started, so it was apparently a jinx. My bad, O's fans).”
reddit’s Power Poll (20th; LW:17th)
The community editors over at reddit drop the O’s three slots. “I feel like I can keep reusing comments from past weeks. Beckham, Machado, Schoop, Mancini: Still hitting the crap outta the ball. Pitching: Still suspect. The O's did have a pitcher strike out at least 10 batters in consecutive starts this week, the first time that has happened since the Nixon administration, probably.”
OddsShark.com (5th; LW: 1st)
Ranks are based on rolling past 20 games overall. They will typically be the lowest rankings the O’s receive, and how the lofty have fallen - all the way down to … 5th? Guys and gals, I got no idea, either.
ESPN.com Power rankings (14th; LW: 16th)
The World-Wide Leader raises the Orioles two slots back into the top half of the league. It’s almost like the people doing these rankings don’t actually watch baseball games. “If only Manny Machado could go back and play the first half the way he has in the second half. He's hitting .336 since the break with a .906 OPS. In the first half, he hit .230 with a .741 OPS. The Orioles have gotten themselves back into the race, too. They're 2½ games behind the Angels in the race for the second wild card. They have a lot of teams ahead of them, but they have their preseason projected MVP candidate playing like what was expected of him. “
Rotoworld (17th; LW: 15th)
Jesse Pantuosco lowers the O’s back to Page 2 of his rankings, coming in at 17th. “Manny Machado’s long-awaited breakout is finally upon us. The 25-year-old has gone ballistic this month, batting a superb .355 with five homers and 20 RBI over 62 August at-bats. Among major league rookies, Trey Mancini ranks fourth in average (.294), fourth in homers (21) and fifth in RBI (62). With Tim Beckham playing out of his mind (.500 AVG in August), J.J. Hardy may be stuck riding the pine when he returns from a broken hand.”
USA Today (17th; LW: 19th)
The Nation’s Newspaper’s lifts the Orioles ttwo slots, making them the highest mover of the week. After last week. Huh. “Is Tim Beckham the future Orioles shortstop?”
Power Rankings Guru (16th; LW: 19th)
PRG is an aggregate of several national power rankings/polls, the O’s are slotted 17th.
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