Target 5000: Dumb and Dumb-ER(A)

Welcome to the final installment of Target 5000 – we’ve wended our way through nine categories and this will mark the 10th and final one. Thanks to everyone for all their supportive cards and letters as our crack research team has generated some amazing statistics for everyone to ponder.


Ø 2015: 3.95

Ø 2016: 4.18

Ø 2017: 4.35

Ø 2018: 4.14

Ø 2019: 4.49

Ø 2020: 4.44

Ø 2021 (full season to date) 4.19

Ø 2021 (through June 24): 4.13

Ø 2021 (June 25-July 22): 4.47

You can see that ERA – unsurprisingly - is following the same pattern as the WHIP analysis from last week. It rose fairly steadily between 2015 and 2020 but at the beginning of this season ERA improved sharply to 4.13. In early June, however, MLB’s crackdown on sticky substances took effect, and in the last 28 days, the total MLB ERA has been 4.47. Before we consider ERA stats further, let’s look at some relevant sayings to live by for fantasy managers courtesy of Dumb and Dumb-ER(A):

1. Have You Added and Dropped the Same Player? (Don’t Make the Same Mistake More than Four Times):

Lloyd Christmas: “Hi Harry!”

Harry Dunne: “How was your day?”

Lloyd Christmas: “Not bad. Fell off a jet way again.”

2. Establish the Rules Before Starting any Fantasy League:

Lloyd: [nudges Harry] “You're it.”

Harry: [nudges Lloyd] “You're it.”

Lloyd: [nudges Harry] You're it, quitsies!

Harry: “Anti-quitsies.” [nudges Lloyd] “You're it! Quitsies, no anti-quitsies, no startsies!”

Lloyd: “You can't do that!”

Harry: “Can too!”

Lloyd: “Cannot, stamped it!”

Harry: “Can too, double stamped it, no erasies!”

Lloyd: “Cannot, triple stamped it, no erasies, touch blue make it true.” [puts his hands over his ears and sings]

Harry: “No! No! You can't triple stamp a double stamp! You can't triple stamp a double stamp, Lloyd! You can't triple stamp a double stamp!

3. Always Consider if You Can Handle the Downside of Any Player Add: