Randy Johnson: Temporary Slump or Washed Up? For the baseball folks here... Randy Johnson is my favorite ball player, and has been since 1992, when no one yet knew who this guy was. I've followed his career closely, met him, watched him pitch, and collected his cards aggressively enough that I have the 3rd largest known collection of Randy Johnson cards in the world. He's always been a very dominating pitcher, even squeezing off a perfect game last year. But this year, he has been mediocre at best. When the first few games of the year didn't go so well for him, I chalked it up to his new team and his new stadium. But now, he's started roughly 10 games and has not been spectacular; his ERA is only so-so, and he's not been striking out batters anywhere near as often. He's set a number of career-worsts and just yesterday, lost to the Royals... the ROYALS! Worst team in baseball currently. It can be argued that with the Yankees' inconsistent performance, Randy hasn't been able to count regularly on run support, but with an ERA above 4, he would need more than just a few runs per game. In Randy's past seasons, he's had minor slumps but did not pitch this poorly for this long at any time, not even after his back surgery in 1996. Randy's got just what he wanted... He wanted to play for the Yanks, and he's got his chance to get another World Series ring within the few good years he is likely to have remaining. So what is the deal? Do you think he's just in a slump? Do you think he's starting to "get too old for this"? Mind you, he dominated up until the very end last season; however this is turning into a loooong slump too. I'll support Randy even if his ERA shoots up to 10 and loses 20 in a row. But in looking through the baseball literature, it seems no one has questioned Randy's performance this season but me.