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The Ding Dong Challenge: Week 26

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Matt Olson knocking DONGS!

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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.

Week 25 scorecard

Name Total Elite Everyone Else 1 Everyone Else 2 Total Dongs
Name Total Elite Everyone Else 1 Everyone Else 2 Total Dongs
Feslenraster 9 Pete Alonso (2) Yordan Alvarez (3) Marcus Semien (4) 110
GratefulMatt 6 George Springer (4) Starlin Castro (1) Carlos Santana (1) 132
Calvin C 6 Cody Bellinger (0) Matt Olson (5) Mitch Garver (1) 103
Punk is Dead 4 Christian Yelich (0) Trevor Story (2) Aaron Judge (2) 116
Mark Abell 4 Pete Alonso (2) Trevor Story (2) Daniel Vogelbach (0) 107
Pete Rogers 4 Pete Alonso (2) Matt Chapman (2) Rafael Devers (0) 128
Heath Capps 1 Cody Bellinger (0) Mookie Betts (1) Ronny Rodriguez (0) 121
Ezra Laemmle -- -- -- 105
Dark Passenger -- -- -- 2
Ghoji Blackburn -- -- -- 20
Salti Cracker -- -- -- 46

Now that is more like it baseball! After last week which was decidedly a down week for dingers, we got a full showing of dongs with all kinds of big showings. Shoutout to Feslenraster who won the week thanks Yordan Alvarez and... Marcus Semien? Wow, what are they putting in the water in Oakland? Semien goes yard four times while Matt Olson went the distance FIVE times last week for Calvin’s squad. Oakland drinking that “Michael’s Secret Stuff”.

GratefulMatt’s lead continues to grow which is not great for me since I thought this was the week to get me back into the t-shirt running. It doesn’t matter, THIS is the week for that! HA LET’S GO!!

Onto Week 26! ONLY TWO MORE WEEKS!

Week 26 Elites

Name Team G PA HR ISO
Name Team G PA HR ISO
Mike Trout Angels 134 600 45 0.353
Christian Yelich Brewers 130 580 44 0.342
Nelson Cruz Twins 109 473 37 0.323
Cody Bellinger Dodgers 146 621 44 0.321
Peter Alonso Mets 148 635 47 0.317
Eugenio Suarez Reds 147 611 47 0.310
Jorge Soler Royals 150 626 44 0.297
Anthony Rendon Nationals 134 591 33 0.292
Josh Bell Pirates 143 613 37 0.292
George Springer Astros 112 517 35 0.291
Edwin Encarnacion Yankees 109 486 34 0.287
Matt Olson Athletics 116 501 34 0.285
Alex Bregman Astros 145 643 36 0.284
Nolan Arenado Rockies 146 621 40 0.280
Juan Soto Nationals 137 604 34 0.280
Joc Pederson Dodgers 138 482 32 0.278
Kyle Schwarber Cubs 143 562 36 0.276
Hunter Renfroe Padres 129 462 31 0.275
Austin Meadows Rays 128 544 31 0.274
Josh Donaldson Braves 147 623 37 0.272
Mike Moustakas Brewers 131 542 34 0.271
Max Kepler Twins 133 596 36 0.267
Matt Chapman Athletics 145 624 34 0.264
Freddie Freeman Braves 150 661 38 0.264
Max Muncy Dodgers 132 548 33 0.264

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).