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The Ding Dong Challenge: Week 5

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All bow to your new king: Christian Yelich

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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 4 report card

Name Week 4 Total Elite Everyone Else 1 Everyone Else 2 Total Dongs
Name Week 4 Total Elite Everyone Else 1 Everyone Else 2 Total Dongs
GratefulMatt 12 Christian Yelich (8) Freddie Freeman (1) George Springer (3) 26
Heath Capps 11 Cody Bellinger (2) Aaron Judge (1) Christian Yelich (8) 27
Mark Abell 11 Paul Goldschmidt (2) Christian Yelich (8) Bryce Harper (1) 22
Pete Rogers 9 Khris Davis (0) Christian Yelich (8) Josh Bell (1) 23
Feslenraster 6 Trey Mancini (0) Eddie Rosario (6) Luke Voit (0) 16
Ezra Laemmle 5 Cody Bellinger (2) Aaron Judge (1) Nolan Arenado (2) 17
Punk is Dead 5 Mike Trout (1) Aaron Judge (1) Yoan Moncada (3) 19
Calvin C 2 Rhys Hoskins (0) J.D. Martinez (1) Andrew McCutchen (1) 5
Salti Cracker 2 Khris Davis (0) Mookie Betts (1) Bryce Harper (1) 11
Ghoji Blackburn 0 -- -- -- 20

Holy buckets what a week for Christian Yelich. I knew he was knocking dingers right and left but I can say for a fact that this was the closest we’ve ever had on the Ding Dong Challenge of a player knocking double digit homers in a single week. Props to all of us who played Yelich and were able to bask in his glory, but bigger props to GratefulMatt who managed to win this week without taking an Elite (yes, Yelich was not an elite last week).

Khris Davis not hitting a single moon shot this week krushed me. See what I did there?

Also shoutout Eddie Rosario for casually knocking 6 dingers last week.

Onto Week 5 Elites!

Week 5 Elites

Name Team G PA HR ISO
Name Team G PA HR ISO
Christian Yelich Brewers 23 103 13 0.506
Cody Bellinger Dodgers 23 100 11 0.459
Joey Gallo Rangers 18 76 8 0.453
Joc Pederson Dodgers 23 90 10 0.446
Eddie Rosario Twins 19 80 9 0.413
Peter Alonso Mets 21 89 8 0.403
Anthony Rendon Nationals 19 82 6 0.400
Marcell Ozuna Cardinals 19 80 8 0.400
Mitch Moreland Red Sox 21 72 7 0.394
Willson Contreras Cubs 19 71 6 0.393
Jay Bruce Mariners 22 87 9 0.390
Mike Trout Angels 19 82 6 0.386
Khris Davis Athletics 23 93 10 0.356
Christian Walker Diamondbacks 20 76 6 0.353
Austin Meadows Rays 20 83 6 0.324
Clint Frazier Yankees 17 67 6 0.323
Jose Altuve Astros 21 89 8 0.321
Brandon Lowe Rays 21 82 6 0.320
Mitch Haniger Mariners 24 114 7 0.320
Hunter Dozier Royals 20 83 6 0.319
Asdrubal Cabrera Rangers 18 71 6 0.317
Michael Conforto Mets 21 96 6 0.313
Mike Moustakas Brewers 21 83 6 0.310
Paul Goldschmidt Cardinals 21 97 8 0.306
Fernando Tatis Jr. Padres 22 89 6 0.304

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).