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The Ding Dong Challenge: Goldi-scmidt and the four 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 8 report card

Name Week 8 Total Elite Everyone Else 1 Everyone Else 2 Total Ding Dongs
Name Week 8 Total Elite Everyone Else 1 Everyone Else 2 Total Ding Dongs
The Real Slim Shaney 7 Nolan Arenado (0) Giancarlo Stanton (3) Paul Goldschmidt (4) 31
Mark Abell 7 Aaron Judge (2) Eugenio Suarez (1) Paul Goldschmidt (4) 30
Sixtus74 6 Mike Trout (0) Giancarlo Stanton (3) Freddie Freeman (3) 29
Salti Cracker 3 Mike Trout (0) Giancarlo Stanton (2) George Springer (1) 28
Pete Rogers 2 Javier Baez (0) Matt Olson (1) George Springer (1) 30
Feslenraster 1 Mike Trout (0) Austin Meadows (0) Brandon Nimmo (1) 12
Heath Capps 0 -- -- -- 11

After missing a week, Real Slim Shaney came back in a big way, tying with Mark for best score of the week thanks to a 4 dinger week from Paul Goldschmidt, who easily wins MVEveryoneElse for the week. Meanwhile Mike Trout wins biggest letdown as Sixtus, Salti Cracker and Feslenraster all picked him as their Elite and he wound up being very un-Elite knocking zero homers. Probably the only time in the history of his career Trout has been called a disappointment.

This is what happens when I pick a team without any Red Sox players on it. I score two points and my Elite gives me hot garbage. Serves me right for picking anyone other than Just Dingers Martinez as my elite. No one to blame but myself. And Javier Baez.

Best lineup from last week is.... (drum roll)...

Elite: Khris Davis (4)
Everyone Else 1: Paul Goldschmidt (4)
Everyone Else 2: Jose Martinez (4)


Week 9 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
J.D. Martinez Red Sox 62 263 21 42 0.338
Mike Trout Angels 66 290 19 52 0.333
Jose Ramirez Indians 62 279 19 44 0.325
Aaron Judge Yankees 61 276 18 44 0.296
Khris Davis Athletics 57 246 17 32 0.283
Bryce Harper Nationals 63 278 19 39 0.281
Manny Machado Orioles 64 279 18 32 0.279
Eduardo Escobar Twins 59 250 12 31 0.279
Teoscar Hernandez Blue Jays 48 214 10 30 0.275
Javier Baez Cubs 60 240 14 35 0.272
Eugenio Suarez Reds 49 215 12 28 0.268
Edwin Encarnacion Indians 56 237 16 32 0.263
Joey Gallo Rangers 66 264 17 35 0.262
Trevor Story Rockies 65 276 14 32 0.259
Paul Goldschmidt Diamondbacks 63 272 12 43 0.254
Andrew Benintendi Red Sox 62 280 11 47 0.252
Travis Shaw Brewers 63 259 14 37 0.252
Matt Davidson White Sox 48 196 11 20 0.250
Eddie Rosario Twins 62 262 14 41 0.244
Jeimer Candelario Tigers 54 237 10 33 0.244
Giancarlo Stanton Yankees 61 270 15 40 0.244
Nelson Cruz Mariners 52 220 13 21 0.244
Kyle Schwarber Cubs 54 215 11 29 0.243
Ozzie Albies Braves 65 303 15 52 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).