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The Ding Dong Challenge: Week 3

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Round of applause for all those who started Mike Trout this week.

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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 2 report card

Name Week 2 Total Elite Everyone Else 1 Everyone Else 2 Total Dongs
Name Week 2 Total Elite Everyone Else 1 Everyone Else 2 Total Dongs
Ghoji Blackburn 10 Cody Bellinger (3) Aaron Judge (2) Mike Trout (5) 14
Heath Capps 8 Bryce Harper (1) Aaron Judge (2) Mike Trout (5) 10
Salti Cracker 8 Khris Davis (1) Aaron Judge (2) Mike Trout (5) 8
Mark Abell 7 Jose Abreu (1) J.D. Martinez (1) Mike Trout (5) 10
Feslenraster 7 Christian Yelich (1) Gary Sanchez (5) Jung Ho Kang (1) 9
Ezra Laemmle 6 Cody Bellinger (3) Trevor Story (2) Luke Voit (1) 6
Punk is Dead 5 Cody Bellinger (3) Aaron Judge (2) Jose Ramirez (0) 8
GratefulMatt 4 Christian Yelich (1) George Springer (2) Carlos Santana (1) 9
Pete Rogers 2 Khris Davis (1) J.D. Martinez (1) Nelson Cruz (0) 6
Calvin C 1 Rhys Hoskins (1) Travis Shaw (0) Alex Bregman (0) 1

Well congrats to everyone who picked Mike Trout this week. That loophole is now closed for the season, but good on Heath, Salti Cracker, Ghoji and Mark to take advantage of it. I was thinking about it but then decided nah because I didn’t expect Trout to knock 5 dingers last week which in retrospect is dumb because Mike Trout is really good at baseball. Congrats specifically to Ghoji though who pulled off a double digit showing just two weeks into the game. Well done sir!

On the flipside, wasn’t a great week for me or for Calvin C. I thought for sure Khrush Davis was going to get me more than just one dinger this week and Just Dingers Martinez seems to be playing the way of the entire Red Sox team: poorly. This week is bounce-back week baby!

The BIG Dongers:

  • Mike Trout (5)
  • Gary Sanchez (5)

Onto this week’s Elites!

Week 3 Elites

Name Team G PA HR ISO
Name Team G PA HR ISO
Mike Trout Angels 10 43 5 0.607
Cody Bellinger Dodgers 10 47 7 0.568
Gary Sanchez Yankees 8 36 6 0.563
Anthony Rendon Nationals 8 36 4 0.533
Christian Yelich Brewers 10 47 5 0.528
Willson Contreras Cubs 8 29 3 0.500
Joey Gallo Rangers 9 38 4 0.464
Bryce Harper Phillies 8 36 3 0.462
Peter Alonso Mets 9 37 3 0.441
Maikel Franco Phillies 8 34 3 0.440
Kolten Wong Cardinals 9 35 3 0.433
Paul Goldschmidt Cardinals 9 42 5 0.429
Tim Beckham Mariners 11 47 4 0.425
Rhys Hoskins Phillies 8 35 3 0.423
Jay Bruce Mariners 10 45 5 0.421
Christian Walker Diamondbacks 9 31 3 0.414
Max Muncy Dodgers 9 36 3 0.393
Trey Mancini Orioles 9 39 4 0.389
Mitch Moreland Red Sox 11 36 3 0.387
Dansby Swanson Braves 9 34 3 0.385
Ryon Healy Mariners 11 48 3 0.372
Enrique Hernandez Dodgers 9 38 3 0.367
Kevin Kiermaier Rays 9 34 2 0.367
Yandy Diaz Rays 9 38 3 0.364
Adam Jones Diamondbacks 10 46 4 0.364

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).