All of what the others said, for sure.
It is kind of hard to tell from the pictures but maybe your drop target cage assemblies are mis-located. I have had to relocate several parts on my different Sterns to learn and understand that these machine were not built using standards of high quality and close tolerances. There is/was a lot of sloppy manufacturing.
That said, It is difficult to tell from your pictures, but it looks like the fronts of the targets are riding, or contacting, the play field surface. There should be a gap, at least a little bit of gap between the targets and the edge of the cutout. If there is no gap and the targets are riding then there is possibility they are not resetting properly.
It is a long shot, but as I said, in your pics, it looks like the targets are riding the edge of the cutout. If that turns out to be the situation then you will need to relocate your drop targets assemblies 1/16" or so.