Blogger's note: This is going up not long after the undefeated Orioles needed an executive order to get out of the first inning Monday against the Boston Red Sox, so bear with me.
We're 3 percent into the baseball season, and still no one believes in the Orioles.
The Baltimore-hating media, except for a random outpost in Washington state, continues to see the club as ordinary as a Joey Rickard base hit. It's as if five games against the Minnesota Twins and Tampa Bay Rays aren't enough.
How many games do the Orioles need to win to truly get to the powerful of the Week One power rankings? Don't people realize that the last time the team started a season like this, it won the World Series?
Clearly, there must be something afoot here. See where the Orioles stand while Yovani Gallardo proves that he was playing possum with that three-run first.
Blurb: "The Orioles talked up Rule 5 pick Joey Rickard during spring training, and so far, he has produced with several hits and even a surprising home run. The O's will welcome any kind of offensive production in left field after a rough year from their corner outfielders last season."
Division ranking: Fourth, behind Blue Jays, Red Sox, Yankees
Blurb: "Adam Jones hasn't been in the lineup for more than half of Baltimore's undefeated schedule, but perhaps more surprising is that Tillman, Jimenez, and Gallardo each boast an ERA of 1.80 or better."
"That earns them a seven-spot jump in this week's rankings, but let's try to remember it is just one week. This coming week should be a telling one as they go on the road to face two good teams in the Boston Red Sox and Texas Rangers."