We know computers hate the Orioles, and national broadcasters hate the Orioles, but do the folks who make power polls/rankings hate the Orioles? Not so much this week, aside from USA Today. What a Debbie Downer it is this week!
MLB.com (16th; LW: 19th)
Alyson Footer at MLB.com lifts the Orioles to 16th, three spots higher than last week.
Bleacher Report Power Rankings (17th; LW: 19th)
Joel Reuter lifts the Orioles up two slots.
CBS Sports (16th; LW: 21st)
Matt Synder lifts the O’sfive slots this week for a total of nine slots in two weeks. “Four straight wins while Dylan Bundy and Kevin Gausman are not looking bad at all. Things are looking up. The trade deadline moves were still tough to understand, but I'm wrong a lot so I'll gladly just sit back and watch it happen again.”
reddit’s Power Poll (20th; LW:22nd)
The community editors over at reddit raise the Orioles two slots. “A solid .500 week where we've seen the red hot Jonathan Schoop (who has hits in 16 of his lats 18 games with 7 HRs), the gradually-regressing-to-the-mean Manny Machado (hitting .320/.355/.438 this month), and the suddenly reborn Kevin Gausman (1 ER in his last three starts and came a missed pop up away from a CGSO on Saturday). We'll see what happens at the trade deadline on Monday. Will this be the end of the Zach Britton era in Baltimore?”
OddsShark.com (13th; LW: 22nd)
Ranks are based on rolling past 20 games overall. They will typically be the lowest rankings the O’s receive, but not this week - they have the O’s in the top half of the league.
ESPN.com Power rankings (17th; LW: 19th)
The World-Wide Leader lifts the Orioles another two spots this week, again. This is becoming a pattern “Kevin Gausman threw 8 ⅔ scoreless innings on Saturday, needing Zach Britton for just one out in the ninth. Gausman appears to be back on track from his mid-July struggles (when he allowed 13 earned runs in two starts over seven total innings pitched). He has gone at least six innings and allowed one earned run or none in each of his past three starts“
Rotoworld (19th; LW: 20th)
Jesse Pantuosco elevates the O’s one slot, again. “Though their playoff hopes are slim, the Orioles aren’t ready to pack it in just yet. Instead of subtracting at the deadline, they added pieces by acquiring Tim Beckham and Jeremy Hellickson. The Orioles also held onto closer Zach Britton despite interest from a number of clubs including the Astros, Dodgers and Nationals. Is any player in baseball having a weirder year than Manny Machado? Before the break, he was hitting for power (18 homers) but not average (.230). In the second half it’s been the exact opposite (.323, no homers).”
USA Today (19th; LW: T-18th)
The Nation’s Newspaper’s drops the O’s a spot this week, the only ranking I found to do so. Odd. “Looks like the ship is sinking and the whole crew is going down with it.”
Power Rankings Guru (19th; LW: 20th)
PRG is an aggregate of several national power rankings/polls, the O’s clock in at #19..
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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