MLB.com (19th; LW: 17th)
Alyson Footer at MLB.com drops the Orioles two slots. I fear next week they will not even appear on MLB’s Top 20 list.
Bleacher Report Power Rankings (19th; LW: 15th)
Joel Reuter drops the O’s four slots. And his sub-headline reminds us there’s still six weeks left in this season. I think that may be more depressing than the O’s rankings.
CBS Sports (19th; LW: 18th)
Matt Synder lowers the Orioles one slot. He’s more optimistic than I am. “Since they got hot and climbed back to .500, the O's are 5-9 and they've now lost five of their last seven. Knowing what we know about how the wild-card race has gone, the next hot streak is right around the corner.”
reddit’s Power Poll (20th; LW:20th)
The community editors over at reddit hold steady at 20th for our Birds. “Manny's 3 HR game with a walk off grand slam on Friday was sure nice to see, but the streaky team offense overall and the struggling rotation are continuing to suppress real positive expectations for this team. There are bright spots for sure, but there are way too many problems with the team to see them making much noise in the grand scheme of things. That being said, I'm also often wrong.”
OddsShark.com (8th; LW: 5th)
Ranks are based on rolling past 20 games overall. They will typically be the lowest rankings the O’s receive, but the past three weeks have been simply incomprehensible. Still 8th? I’m thinking meth is to blame.
ESPN.com Power rankings (17th; LW: 14th)
The World-Wide Leader drops the O’s back into the bottom half of the league. I mean, it’s not like it isn’t warranted. “The Tim Beckham influence continues. The Orioles' offense has taken off in the past few weeks, since they acquired Beckham at the deadline. The Orioles have scored 5.5 runs per game in the 19 games he has played in this season, compared to 4.6 runs per game in the 105 games he hasn't.”
Rotoworld (18th; LW: 17th)
Jesse Pantuosco lowers the O’s one slot, and for a second week in a row, has high praise for the Orioles’ third baseman. “What a month it’s been for Manny Machado. The stud third baseman has been en fuego, surging to a .378 average with five long balls and 15 RBI over his last 10 contests. Adam Jones has been just as impressive, batting .425 with four blasts and nine RBI during the same stretch. Will J.J. Hardy be relegated to a bench role when he returns from the DL? It sure looks that way with Tim Beckham hitting .438 in the month of August.”
USA Today (18th; LW: 17th)
The Nation’s Newspaper lowers the O’s a slot. “Manny Machado hits three grand slams in 12 days but Orioles keep stumbling.”
Power Rankings Guru (18th; LW: 17th)
PRG is an aggregate of several national power rankings/polls, the O’s are slotted 18th.
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