clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

The Ding Dong Challenge: Giancarlo Stanton knocks himself back into the Elites

New, 7 comments

Sign up for Week 18 action!

USA TODAY Sports

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 17 report card

Name Week 17 Total Elite Everyone Else 1 Everyone Else 2 Total Ding Dongs
Name Week 17 Total Elite Everyone Else 1 Everyone Else 2 Total Ding Dongs
Heath Capps 10 J.D. Martinez (4) Giancarlo Stanton (5) Mitch Moreland (1) 23
Feslenraster 8 Matt Carpenter (3) Ronald Acuna Jr (4) Shohei Ohtani (1) 47
Mark Abell 6 Nelson Cruz (1) Giancarlo Stanton (5) CJ Cron (0) 70
Pete Rogers 6 J.D. Martinez (4) Ozzie Albies (1) Cody Bellinger (1) 52
Sixtus74 5 Aaron Judge (0) Giancarlo Stanton (5) Yangervis Solarte (0) 66
Salti Cracker 2 Matt Carpenter (1) Freddie Freeman (0) Charlie Blackmon (1) 47
The Real Slim Shaney 0 -- -- -- 59
Brian Creagh 0 -- -- -- 9
Wallstreet1975 0 -- -- -- 7

Congrats to Heath who, despite not knowing why he played this week, scored double digit dongers for the first time in Ding Dong history. My boy Just Dingers had a strong week knocking four dongs but where Heath really made his money was with Giancarlo Stanton who batted himself right back into the elites as he went yard five times last week. Shoutout to Mark and Sixtus who also took advantage of Stanton’s quick drop in ISO. I sadly didn’t take advantage because I have a strict “No Yankees” rule. I’m not going to dirty my Ding Dong championship with some foul pinstripes!

Other shoutouts to Mark for continuously building on his lead, now with 70 total dongs on the year. Also to Feslenraster for taking the bold pick of Ronald Acuna Jr and having that completely pay off with four homers from him. Well done!

Here’s your perfect lineup from the week:

Elite: J.D. Martinez (4)
Everyone Else 1: Giancarlo Stanton (5)
Everyone Else 2: Ronald Acuna Jr (4)

Heath just one player away from the perfect lineup. HAWT DAMN!


Week 18 Elites

Name Team G PA HR R ISO
Name Team G PA HR R ISO
J.D. Martinez Red Sox 113 491 37 87 0.336
Jose Ramirez Indians 115 508 34 79 0.326
Mookie Betts Red Sox 100 461 27 99 0.317
Mike Trout Angels 109 482 30 82 0.315
Matt Carpenter Cardinals 113 491 32 79 0.314
Jesus Aguilar Brewers 108 398 29 57 0.310
Khris Davis Athletics 108 470 34 68 0.304
Joey Gallo Rangers 112 451 31 63 0.286
Nelson Cruz Mariners 103 424 30 51 0.282
Javier Baez Cubs 115 456 25 73 0.280
Nolan Arenado Rockies 112 480 29 77 0.278
Francisco Lindor Indians 116 544 29 99 0.269
Eugenio Suarez Reds 101 438 26 63 0.266
Aaron Judge Yankees 99 447 26 70 0.263
Bryce Harper Nationals 115 502 28 74 0.261
Trevor Story Rockies 117 491 24 59 0.258
Giancarlo Stanton Yankees 116 515 30 76 0.251
Paul Goldschmidt Diamondbacks 117 521 26 73 0.250
Teoscar Hernandez Blue Jays 97 409 18 50 0.249
Gregory Polanco Pirates 108 439 19 66 0.247
Rhys Hoskins Phillies 108 469 22 66 0.240
Eduardo Escobar Diamondbacks 110 461 17 53 0.239
Evan Gattis Astros 103 373 21 43 0.239
Yasmani Grandal Dodgers 100 383 20 51 0.238
Manny Machado Dodgers 119 515 26 58 0.237

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).