Nobody is going to be harder on
If there is any lesson to be learned from his outing in Game 1, it is that the psyche of a closer is a complex thing. Johnson took the mound in a non-save situation and clearly did not have the command that everyone has been able to take for granted through a season in which he converted 51 of 54 save opportunities and was responsible for just one loss in 71 appearances.
Did the law of averages just catch up with him? Did the heightened intensity of the playoffs knock him off his game? Or was it the fact that he had no lead to protect?