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Mulligan ERA: The impact of awful starts

Updated: February 27, 2012, 3:46 PM ET
By AJ Mass | ESPN.com

"A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds" - Ralph Waldo Emerson.

When it comes to evaluating fantasy options, we are far too easily fooled by consistency. That's because the human mind is far too willing to look for patterns in numbers, and when we see them start to emerge, we can't help ourselves. We are captivated by these patterns and can't wait to give them more significance than they deserve.

Case in point, consider the stats from the following two pitchers over ...

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