CLEVELAND: As the Indians enter the final week of the regular season, all they have left to sort out includes some questions around the roster and whether they’ll open the postseason at home or on the road.

With six games left, the Indians stand at 98-56. Only three teams in franchise history have finished with more wins — the Indians of 1996 (99-62), 1995 (100-44) and 1954 (111-43).

The more pressing need, though, involves the No. 1 seed and home-field advantage in the postseason. The Indians hold that distinction through the American League playoffs over the Houston Astros (95-60 entering Monday). The Los Angeles Dodgers (99-57 entering Monday) have still managed to narrowly hold off the Indians for the best record in baseball, even as they lost 15 of 16 games during the Indians’ historic 22-game winning streak.

This season marks the first after the league underwent several rule changes, one of which being that regular-season record — and not the result of the All-Star Game — determines which team gets home-field advantage in the World Series.

Indians manager Terry Francona, who in the past has said he’d normally prioritize lining up his pitching staff over an all-out assault for home-field advantage, conceded last year’s team, which had very little postseason experience, might have benefited from being able to start each series at Progressive Field. That is less of an issue — if it ever was one to begin with — after last October’s run to the World Series.

As for the AL, the postseason picture is just about set.

The Indians and Astros have each clinched their divisions, and the Boston Red Sox are on the precipice of clinching the AL East as seeds 1 to 3. That would make the New York Yankees (87-69 entering Monday) the first wild card team and the fourth seed.

The final spot in the postseason, barring a miraculous surge, is set to go to the Minnesota Twins (82-74 entering Monday). If the Indians hold off the Astros, they will play the winner of the wild card game between the Yankees and Twins.

Of course, the roster isn’t yet set and doesn’t have to be until the end of the week.

One major question mark remains about the health of Michael Brantley, who has been on the disabled list since Aug. 9 with a sprained right ankle.

Brantley has been stuck on the AlterG (low impact treadmill) and hasn’t been able to progress like the club had hoped. He received a second opinion and was shut down from running until later this week. It has become increasingly less likely he will be ready by the ALDS.

Lonnie Chisenhall (calf) and Brandon Guyer (wrist) are also working their way back to the lineup, meaning the outfield picture for the beginning of the postseason remains blurry.

Jason Kipnis has taken fairly well to center field and can add another week of test runs before the ALDS should he remain there for the postseason run. Greg Allen has been inserted into several games as a defensive replacement.

Ryan Lewis can be reached at rlewis@thebeaconjournal.com. Read the Indians blog at www.ohio.com/indians. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/RyanLewisABJ.