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The Ding Dong Challenge: A good week for Freddie Freeman

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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 9 report card

Name Week 9 Total Elite Everyone Else 1 Everyone Else 2 Total Ding Dongs
Name Week 9 Total Elite Everyone Else 1 Everyone Else 2 Total Ding Dongs
Sixtus74 8 Mike Trout (4) Freddie Freeman (3) Nolan Arenado (1) 37
The Real Slim Shaney 7 Jose Ramirez (2) Rhys Hoskins (3) Jake Lamb (2) 38
Wallstreet1975 7 Mike Trout (4) Jesus Aguilar (2) Nick Williams (1) 7
Mark Abell 6 Jose Ramirez (2) Eric Hosmer (1) Xander Bogaerts (3) 36
Brian Creagh 5 Edwin Encarnacion (0) Marcell Ozuna (4) Matt Olson (1) 5
Salti Cracker 4 Aaron Judge (0) Freddie Freeman (3) Nolan Arenado (1) 32
Feslenraster 2 Paul Goldschmidt (2) Eduardo Escobar (0) Mitch Moreland (0) 14
Pete Rogers 1 J.D. Martinez (1) Cody Bellinger (0) Charlie Blackmon (0) 31
Heath Capps 0 -- -- -- 11

I’ll be the gracious host to start this week off welcoming and congratulating Wallstreet1975 and Brian Creagh for both getting in on the action and performing very well this week. Also big congrats to Sixtus for winning and Shaney for keeping their games strong. Mike Trout deserves a cap nod as well and so does Marcell Ozuna. Really everyone gets an ol’ tip of the cap except for

MY

ENTIRE

FREEAAAAAKING

TEAM

Sweet Brady what the flipping burgers happened? Just Dingers at least knocked me one but Cody Belldinger was a Bell-letdown while I’ve now just given up all hope that Charlie Blackmon will hit a ball that even sniffs the wall. Just not going to happen. Also watching the X-man go yard three times this week and J.D. gave me a measly dinger was wildly upsetting.

Good to see Freddie Freeman has returned to the land of the Dingers. Good for you buddy.

For those who like to live in the past, here’s last week’s perfect lineup:

Elite: Mike Trout (4)
Everyone Else 1: Marcell Ozuna (4)
Everyone Else 2: Evan Gattis (4)


Week 10 Elites

Name Team G PA HR R ISO
Name Team G PA HR R ISO
Mike Trout Angels 72 318 23 60 0.360
Mookie Betts Red Sox 54 241 18 55 0.359
J.D. Martinez Red Sox 69 294 22 46 0.319
Jose Ramirez Indians 69 309 21 47 0.318
Khris Davis Athletics 63 271 20 39 0.301
Aaron Judge Yankees 67 300 18 49 0.287
Teoscar Hernandez Blue Jays 54 238 12 33 0.282
Eduardo Escobar Twins 65 275 12 34 0.278
Eugenio Suarez Reds 54 237 14 31 0.272
Nelson Cruz Mariners 59 248 17 25 0.272
Bryce Harper Nationals 68 299 19 41 0.263
Trevor Story Rockies 71 303 15 38 0.259
Javier Baez Cubs 66 259 14 39 0.259
Eddie Rosario Twins 68 288 16 50 0.258
Manny Machado Orioles 69 302 18 33 0.257
Joey Gallo Rangers 71 286 18 36 0.254
Paul Goldschmidt Diamondbacks 70 304 14 49 0.250
Freddie Freeman Braves 71 316 15 46 0.248
Brandon Belt Giants 55 234 12 34 0.246
Travis Shaw Brewers 69 281 14 38 0.246
Matt Davidson White Sox 54 220 12 24 0.246
Francisco Lindor Indians 69 327 16 53 0.244
Gary Sanchez Yankees 59 246 13 35 0.243
Andrew Benintendi Red Sox 69 308 12 51 0.242
Mitch Haniger Mariners 71 300 16 36 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).