Monday, April 21, 2008

What They're Saying About the Orioles

Here's a roundup of what the national media are saying about the Orioles:

Updated April 21

Aram Tolegian of has the Orioles 25th in his power rankings:

Taking the weekend series from the Yankees keeps the O's near the top of the AL East standings heading into a week that features road dates at Seattle and Chicago. Outside of Steve Trachsel's blow up in Toronto, the Orioles' pitching has held its own. Nick Markakis and Aubrey Huff continue to form a strong duo of production, and we don't expect that to drop off completely.

Tyler Kepner of The New York Times says Andy MacPhail's offseason moves look good so far:

It's mid-April, still very, very early to make any real evaluations. The fans still aren't buying an Orioles turnaround. But the franchise is finally serious about rebuilding, and MacPhail seems to know how to do it. That can't be good news in the long term for the Yankees.

Steve Henson of Yahoo Sports comments on O's left fielder Luke Scott's hot start:

Is Luke Scott, acquired by the Baltimore Orioles in the Miguel Tejada trade, going to lead the American League in batting all season? Not likely. says the Orioles are worth $398 million, ranking them 19th in the majors.'s John Donovan has the Orioles 13th in his power rankings:

A rally against Bobby Jenks and the White Sox on Thursday saved the O's -- young Adam Jones had a big hit in the 10th -- but couldn't stop a tumble down the PRs. When Kevin Millar scored the game-winner, it was the only lead the O's had in the series. We may have seen the high point of Baltimore's year right there.

Tracy Ringolsby of says it's OK for Orioles fans to be excited:

Championships aren't won in April, but no sense taking the fun out of it for Baltimore and Florida. And who knows? Miracles do happen. Remember the 2006 Detroit Tigers? Never did get taken seriously, until they showed up to play St. Louis in the World Series. has the Orioles 19th in its power rankings:

George Sherrill is 6-for-6 in save opportunities and also has recorded one win.

Sean Deveney of has the O's 12th in his power rankings:

No team has played more home games (13). That ends this week with seven on the road. Expect them to be much lower in next week's poll.

USA Today has the Orioles 17th in its power rankings.


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