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The Ding Dong Challenge: The J.D. stands for Just Dingers

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Welcome to the Ding Dong Challenge, a game were we try and correctly predict who will hit the most home runs in a given week, keep score throughout the entire season and win a free, awesome t-shirt. Here’s last week’s report card and this week’s list of “elites”. If you want to play, just pick one player from the “elites” and two players from the “everyone else” category (which is just everyone who’s not elite), then list your team in the comments. The sooner you create your team, the better as you only get the homers from when your team is posted till the end of the week.

Week 5 report card

Name Week 5 Total Elite Everyone Else 1 Everyone Else 2 Total Ding Dongs
Name Week 5 Total Elite Everyone Else 1 Everyone Else 2 Total Ding Dongs
The Real Slim Shaney 7 J.D. Martinez (5) Kyle Schwarber (1) Ryon Healy (1) 23
Pete Rogers 3 Kris Bryant (1) Khris Davis (2) Hanley Ramirez (0) 20
Salti Cracker 3 Mike Trout (2) Freddie Freeman (1) Joey Votto (0) 17
Mark Abell 3 Joey Gallo (1) Matt Davidson (0) Khris Davis (2) 14
Sixtus74 2 Aaron Judge (0) Freddie Freeman (1) Scott Schebler (1) 14
Heath Capps 2 Manny Machado (1) Anthony Rizzo (0) Freddie Freeman (1) 8
Feslenraster 2 Ozzie Albies (1) Eddie Rosario (0) Khris Davis (1) 3

After absolutely killing it last week, The Real Slim Shaney is right back at it picking by far the most productive player this week in J.D. Martinez. What kills me is that when I was making my picks, I seriously thought about Martinez but I’d picked him in the first two weeks of the game and it yielded my very few points so I passed. Stupid Pete.

Khris Davis wins this this week’s coveted/just created award of MVEE (Most Valuable Everyone Else). He helped both Mark and myself and even Feslenraster managed to sneak him in on time to get at least one of his homers this week.

All and all, not a great week for homers and the Ding Dong Challenge in general.

Instead of listing this week’s perfect lineup, I thought it would be much more fun to score Mark’s secondary team that he created that the talked himself out of:

How did Mark’s second team do?

Elite: Nolan Arenado (0)
Everyone Else 1: Justin Bour (1)
Everyone Else 2: Mark Reynolds (0)

You did a good job talking yourself out of this one Mark.


Week 6 Elites

Name Team G PA HR R ISO
Name Team G PA HR R ISO
Mookie Betts Red Sox 43 192 15 48 0.395
Mike Trout Angels 47 207 14 38 0.337
J.D. Martinez Red Sox 45 194 15 31 0.337
A.J. Pollock Diamondbacks 40 166 11 23 0.327
Gary Sanchez Yankees 39 164 12 27 0.324
Manny Machado Orioles 46 203 14 26 0.309
Jose Ramirez Indians 44 198 13 29 0.306
Javier Baez Cubs 42 177 11 28 0.298
Ozzie Albies Braves 45 211 13 42 0.297
Matt Davidson White Sox 40 163 11 19 0.291
Bryce Harper Nationals 45 199 13 31 0.283
Brandon Belt Giants 44 189 11 28 0.281
Kris Bryant Cubs 39 185 8 29 0.278
Didi Gregorius Yankees 41 179 10 30 0.275
Mitch Haniger Mariners 46 195 11 22 0.274
Francisco Lindor Indians 45 213 12 36 0.266
Aaron Judge Yankees 44 202 11 33 0.264
Giancarlo Stanton Yankees 44 194 11 32 0.263
Charlie Blackmon Rockies 42 187 12 36 0.263
Trevor Story Rockies 47 197 10 23 0.262
Khris Davis Athletics 47 205 13 23 0.262
Joey Gallo Rangers 47 195 13 25 0.256
Eduardo Escobar Twins 39 166 7 24 0.252
Travis Shaw Brewers 46 189 10 27 0.25
Eddie Rosario Twins 42 171 9 28 0.25

Anyone not on this list is an Everyone Else. Reminder: you pick one Elite and two Everyone Else each week so choose wisely! Leave your team in the comments if you want to play this week (and feel free to leave your twitter handle as we’ll give a shoutout each week to the previous week’s winner).