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The Ding Dong Challenge: Mike Trout is still really good at hitting 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 6 report card

Name Week 6 Total Elite Everyone Else 1 Everyone Else 2 Total Ding Dongs
Name Week 6 Total Elite Everyone Else 1 Everyone Else 2 Total Ding Dongs
Salti Cracker 6 Mike Trout (4) Nolan Arenado (2) Freddie Freeman (0) 23
Mark Abell 5 Aaron Judge (2) Nolan Arenado (2) Cody Bellinger (1) 19
Sixtus74 5 Aaron Judge (2) Nolan Arenado (2) Paul Goldschmidt (1) 19
Pete Rogers 4 Bryce Harper (3) C.J. Cron (0) Rafael Devers (1) 24
Feslenraster 4 J.D. Martinez (2) Jesus Aguilar (2) Yasmani Grandal (0) 7
Heath Capps 3 Giancarlo Stanton (0) Nolan Arenado (2) Juan Soto (1) 11
The Real Slim Shaney 1 Charlie Blackmon (0) Jose Abreu (1) Danny Valencia (0) 24

As someone who is still learning his way through the world of baseball, I like this game because a) picking an everyone else forces me to learn names that I otherwise wouldn’t know and b) I learn things each week about the players people pick. Want to know what I learned this week? Mike Trout can still hit dingers. Is this a fact I already knew? Yes, but it’s always a nice reminder that Trout is still the best baseball player in both the fake and the real game.

A big week for Nolan Arenado, not so much in terms of production (although two homers is nothing to scoff at) but in terms of being by far and away the most popular player last week. He was on four different teams last week and luckily for all those teams, he produced. Would have been a real bummer for everyone if he’d had a bagel week.

A very depressing week for Giancarlo Stanton and Charlie Blackmon who did bagel this week. In fact, both got knocked out of the Elites for this week so if there’s ever a time to capitalize on their poor performance, it’s now! I’ve said this before, Stanton is someone who I know hits a lot of homers but I just don’t feel like we’re really seen that so far this season.

Anyways, here’s your perfect lineup from last week:

Elite: Mike Trout (4)
Everyone Else 1: Tim Anderson (4)
Everyone Else 2: Scooter Gennett (3)

That Scooter guy still hanging around the dingers it seems...


Week 7 Elites

Name Team G PA HR R ISO
Name Team G PA HR R ISO
Mookie Betts Red Sox 48 213 17 52 0.391
Mike Trout Angels 54 239 18 46 0.372
J.D. Martinez Red Sox 51 219 17 34 0.330
A.J. Pollock Diamondbacks 40 166 11 23 0.327
Christian Villanueva Padres 46 172 14 23 0.321
Jose Ramirez Indians 51 230 15 35 0.307
Javier Baez Cubs 48 203 13 32 0.301
Bryce Harper Nationals 52 232 16 35 0.300
Gary Sanchez Yankees 46 189 12 30 0.288
Aaron Judge Yankees 51 232 14 39 0.283
Manny Machado Orioles 54 237 15 29 0.280
Matt Davidson White Sox 42 171 11 19 0.279
Travis Shaw Brewers 53 218 13 33 0.276
Joey Gallo Rangers 54 219 15 30 0.268
Ozzie Albies Braves 53 248 14 48 0.266
Khris Davis Athletics 47 205 13 23 0.262
Didi Gregorius Yankees 48 209 11 33 0.253
Teoscar Hernandez Blue Jays 38 171 7 23 0.252
Brandon Belt Giants 50 216 11 31 0.251
Kris Bryant Cubs 45 212 8 31 0.250
Mitch Haniger Mariners 52 217 11 26 0.247
Nolan Arenado Rockies 49 211 10 31 0.246
Kyle Schwarber Cubs 43 173 9 25 0.245
Francisco Lindor Indians 52 248 12 41 0.243
Jeimer Candelario Tigers 41 184 7 25 0.242

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).