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The Ding Dong Challenge: Mookie Betts rules the Ding Dong World

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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 3 report card

Name Week 2 Total Elite Everyone Else 1 Everyone Else 2 Total Ding Dongs
Name Week 2 Total Elite Everyone Else 1 Everyone Else 2 Total Ding Dongs
Pete Rogers 8 Mookie Betts (5) Khris Davis (2) Jose Abreu (1) 14
The Real Slim Shaney 6 Bryce Harper (4) Justin Smoak (1) Nicholas Castellanos (1) 7
Mark Abell 5 Mookie Betts (5) Ryan Braun (0) Jeimer Candelario (0) 11
Salti Cracker 4 Mike Trout (2) Giancarlo Stanton (2) Paul Goldschmidt (0) 11
Sixtus74 1 Aaron Judge (1) Giancarlo Stanton (0) Ryan Braun (0) 5
Feslenraster 1 Ozzie Albies (1) -- -- 1

Obviously the highlight of the week was freaking Mookie Lord and Master of all he surveys in the World of Ding Dong Betts going yard five times last week. Sweet grandmother’s spatula I’m glad I learned from my mistake and decided to take Mookie this week. A firm handshake to you Mark this week.

Shoutout to The Real Slim Shaney for getting back into the game this week with an impressive performance out of Bryce Harper and one run outings from Smoak and Castellanos.

I also can’t quit figure out if Giancarlo Stanton has been a disappointment to start this game or just average. He’s knocked seven homers so far this season which puts him tied for 7th in the league right now but I feel like every week people pick him and he puts together one or two dinger weekends. He has yet to have a big boy weekend. Maybe that’ll come. Or maybe he’ll just stink for the rest of his time in the pinstripes and be a wonderful reminder that despite Derek Jeter’s best attempts to help the Yankees win, the Red Sox are just better. Suck it.

Anywhose, here’s what the perfect lineup from last week could’ve looked like:

Elite: Mookie Betts (5)
Everyone Else 1: Matt Adams (5)
Everyone Else 2: Francisco Lindor (4)

This week’s best lineup would have equaled my total score through three weeks of playing. Yikes.


Week 4 Elites

Name Team G PA HR R ISO
Name Team G PA HR R ISO
Mookie Betts Red Sox 30 129 13 36 0.464
Mike Trout Angels 34 155 12 29 0.384
A.J. Pollock Diamondbacks 33 138 10 22 0.363
Didi Gregorius Yankees 33 143 10 27 0.353
Javier Baez Cubs 30 127 9 23 0.353
Bryce Harper Nationals 35 157 12 29 0.333
Mitch Haniger Mariners 33 137 10 19 0.331
Christian Villanueva Padres 28 111 9 17 0.327
Matt Davidson White Sox 29 121 9 16 0.317
Charlie Blackmon Rockies 30 133 11 28 0.316
Ozzie Albies Braves 33 156 10 33 0.313
Eduardo Escobar Twins 27 118 6 20 0.311
Joey Gallo Rangers 35 145 12 22 0.308
Gary Sanchez Yankees 30 129 9 22 0.302
Nolan Arenado Rockies 30 127 8 18 0.296
Kyle Schwarber Cubs 28 109 7 16 0.28
Jose Ramirez Indians 33 149 9 21 0.277
Manny Machado Orioles 34 151 9 17 0.277
J.D. Martinez Red Sox 32 139 8 22 0.27
Eddie Rosario Twins 30 122 7 19 0.265
Aaron Judge Yankees 34 154 8 26 0.264
Yangervis Solarte Blue Jays 33 144 9 21 0.262
Francisco Cervelli Pirates 28 110 5 12 0.258
Mike Moustakas Royals 34 144 8 21 0.254
Evan Longoria Giants 32 122 7 16 0.254

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).