MLB.com (16th; LW: 19th)
Alyson Footer at MLB.com lifts the O’s three slots, just outside the top half of MLB.
Bleacher Report Power Rankings (16th; LW: 19th)
Joel Reuter lifts the O’s three slots as well, again leaving them just outside the better half of MLB teams.
CBS Sports (12th; LW: 19th)
Matt Synder is rather bullish on the Orioles, lifting them more than half a dozen slots. “Kevin Gausman has a 2.26 ERA in his last eight starts. Dylan Bundy has a 2.00 ERA in his last five (with 45 K, 6 BB in 36 IP). The great 1-2 punch is there, at least in this moment, and the Orioles have won six in a row, including a sweep of the Red Sox and taking two from the fellow wild-card-hopeful Mariners.” After Wednesday, make it three from Seattle.
reddit’s Power Poll (19th; LW:20th)
The community editors over at reddit weren’t very impressed with the Orioles week, raising them just one slot. “Manny hit another walk off homer, this time to win a series against Oakland, and then the team exploded for a three game sweep of the Red Sox in Fenway, outscoring them 25-4 in the process, including a 16-3 slaughter on Friday. Now at .500 on the year, they'll need a hot streak to try and make the playoffs in this mess that is the AL Wild Card. Maybe we should wear those Players Weekend uniforms more often…”
OddsShark.com (5th; LW: 8th)
Ranks are based on rolling past 20 games overall. They will typically be the lowest rankings the O’s receive, but the past four weeks have been simply incomprehensible. So, yeah, 5th. I got nuthin’.
ESPN.com Power rankings (18th; LW: 17th)
The World-Wide Leader drops the O’s a slot. Huh. “The Orioles have held their own in the AL East this season, going 30-22 (.577 win percentage). The issue has been everybody else. The Orioles have gone 35-43, just a .449 win percentage, against all teams other than their division rivals. Luckily for the O's, they play primarily divisional opponents in September, though the teams they'll play -- the Red Sox, Yankees and Rays -- are still in playoff races.”
Rotoworld (16th; LW: 18th)
Jesse Pantuosco raises the O’s top just outside the top half of the league. “The Orioles did work at Fenway Park last weekend, outscoring the Red Sox 25-4 during a three-game sweep. You never know what you’re going to get from Wade Miley, but the left-hander has really stepped up his game this month, compiling a superb 2.60 ERA over five August starts. You’re not imagining things—the surging Orioles are only 1.5 games out of the AL’s second Wild Card spot.”
USA Today (15th; LW: 18th)
The Nation’s Newspaper boldy lifts the O’s to the bottom of the top half. “Rookie Trey Mancini quietly leading the O's back to contention”
Power Rankings Guru (16th; LW: 18th)
PRG is an aggregate of several national power rankings/polls, the O’s are slotted 16th.
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