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The Ding Dong Challenge: Week 2

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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 1 report card

Name Week 1 Total Elite Everyone Else 1 Everyone Else 2 Total Dongs
Name Week 1 Total Elite Everyone Else 1 Everyone Else 2 Total Dongs
GratefulMatt 5 Paul Goldschmidt (4) George Springer (1) Miguel Cabrera (0) 5
Pete Rogers 4 J.D. Martinez (2) Matt Chapman (1) Edwin Encarnacion (1) 4
Ghoji Blackburn 4 Nelson Cruz (1) Jose Abreu (2) Max Muncy (1) 4
Mark Abell 3 Bryce Harper (2) Aaron Judge (0) Robinson Cano (1) 3
Punk is Dead 3 Bryce Harper (2) Anthony Rizzo (1) Eloy Jimenez (0) 3
Feslenraster 2 Nolan Arenado (0) Adsrubal Cabrera (2) Pete Alonso (0) 2
Heath Capps 2 Bryce Harper (2) Aaron Judge (0) Miguel Andujar (0) 2
Salti Cracker 0 Mike Trout (0) Aaron Judge (0) Eloy Jimenez (0) 0
Calvin C 0 Giancarlo Stanton (0) Randal Grichuk (0) Juan Soto (0) 0

Well done GratefulMatt for managing to not only ride Paul Goldschmidt’s hot start, but to also pair him with anyone who knocked another dong to make sure he ended with sole possession of first place. Otherwise we would’ve been stuck with a three way tie for first this week and that’s dumb. No fun in that.

My condolences to Salti Craker and Calvin C who hooked their buggy onto iffy hitters like Mike Trout, Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge, all of whom unsurprisingly failed to hit any dingers. I’m telling you, that Mike Trout is an average baseball player, don’t listen to what anyone says. (I obviously joke. He good.)

The BIG dongers:

(guys who hit the most homers last week)

  • Christian Yelich (4)
  • Cody Bellinger (4)
  • Paul Goldschmidt (4)
  • Khris Davis (4)

Onto this week’s elites (which is a mildly random group of people since we’re only a couple games into the season, but hey, congrats to Joc Pederson for having the 4th best ISO in the MLB right now!)

Week 2 Elites

Name Team G PA HR ISO
Name Team G PA HR ISO
Christian Yelich Brewers 4 18 4 1.083
Bryce Harper Phillies 3 13 2 0.778
Paul Goldschmidt Cardinals 4 18 4 0.750
Joc Pederson Dodgers 4 21 3 0.667
Maikel Franco Phillies 3 12 2 0.667
Rhys Hoskins Phillies 3 12 1 0.667
Asdrubal Cabrera Rangers 3 13 2 0.636
Cody Bellinger Dodgers 4 21 4 0.600
Mike Moustakas Brewers 4 15 2 0.583
Kyle Schwarber Cubs 3 13 2 0.583
Nomar Mazara Rangers 3 13 1 0.556
Jose Abreu White Sox 3 13 2 0.545
Victor Robles Nationals 3 11 1 0.545
Andrew McCutchen Phillies 3 14 2 0.545
Trea Turner Nationals 3 14 2 0.538
Kolten Wong Cardinals 4 15 2 0.500
Khris Davis Athletics 6 26 4 0.500
Enrique Hernandez Dodgers 3 16 2 0.500
Dansby Swanson Braves 3 11 1 0.500
Ryon Healy Mariners 6 27 2 0.480
Tim Beckham Mariners 6 27 3 0.478
Javier Baez Cubs 3 15 2 0.429
Austin Meadows Rays 4 15 2 0.429
Jose Peraza Reds 2 7 1 0.429
Domingo Santana Mariners 6 31 3 0.423

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).