Here are 13 Walk-Off Thoughts after the Indians’ 6-5 win against the Seattle Mariners.

1. Corey Kluber and Michael Brantley in 2014 came away as a Cy Young winner and an MVP finalist, respectively. Both might be off to better starts, comparatively, four seasons later.

2. Kluber’s Cy Young candidacy each time that he’s won it essentially started in late May or June. Both times he’s won, he finished the season on a tear after a so-so start. This season has been different. Kluber has been about as dominant as he’s been at a time in which he’s normally still rounding into form. He’s hit the campaign trail early.

3. Through six starts this season, Kluber owns a 2.18 ERA with 47 strikeouts in 45 1/3 innings. In 2014, Kluber’s ERA was 4.14 entering May. Last year, it was 4.19 through that time. Kluber is off to the best start to a season through this point in his career, which is a scary proposition for opposing teams. Kluber is among the game’s elite, a sure-fire top-3 or top-4 ace in baseball. But, he’s never started a season on such a torrid pace. And few things surprise the Indians anymore.

4. Said Yan Gomes: “No, it’s one of those things where now he’s just turning to an elite pitcher because it’s not every day that he’s got his best stuff, but he’s still able to get through it. That takes a little bit more than just having good stuff out there. I think we’ve seen some guys that have that really good stuff, still get beat around a little bit. But when he doesn’t have it, he still has a way of turning into another gear and figuring something else out and figuring a different pitch or something like that. It just goes to show the guy’s work ethic. You guys tell me. It seems like every year there’s something else we could talk about with him.”

5. On Friday night, Kluber recorded 26 of the needed 27 outs. He was at 116 pitches when Kyle Seager singled to right field. Indians manager Terry Francona decided he didn’t want to push his ace any further. He was met with some boos, though the longview had to be taken into consideration.

6. Said Francona, on the thought of leaving Kluber in: “Oh, heck yeah. I wanted to. I mean, shoot. I just thought he’s [at] 116, a guy that’s been pretty tough on him, the last thing you want I think is guy to have to—not that he’s not bearing down—but to get pushed that late. I think that really wears on somebody. But of course I wanted to leave him in.”

7. Kluber only threw his curveball 17 times, according to Baseball Savant, the fewest in any start this season (to note, his start in Puerto Rico wasn’t tracked by BS). Kluber’s breaking ball is among the best individual pitches in the game, one you might take if you were building the perfect arsenal, along with, perhaps Noah Syndergaard’s fastball or Aaron Sanchez’s curveball or Chris Sale’s slider, on and on. For context, he threw it 43 times in his start against the Detroit Tigers a couple weeks ago.

8. In that sense, Kluber’s last two outings might illustrate why his status as an elite pitcher is so rock solid. In Baltimore, Kluber struggled with his command and had to fight through his entire outing. On Friday, he cruised, but he did it while adjusting his pitch percentages. Kluber can handle just about any situation that can be thrown at him during a start. He mirrors the self-leaning cyborg in every sci-fi movie that eventually figures out how to defeat every enemy. His ceiling isn’t just as high as about any pitcher in baseball on a given day, his floor continues to be raised as well.

9. Said Kluber: “I think that's just the way that I've learned to pitch. You pitch long enough, guys learn the book on you and you kind of learn the book on guys and then it goes back to that sort of cat-and-mouse game of adjusting to each other. To me, that's just part of pitching. I don't have a 98-mph fastball that I can just rare back and throw it by guys all the time, so I think that you have to be able to make adjustments game to game, pitch to pitch. And, hopefully, you can make them before they do.”

10. Brantley has arguably been the Indians’ most consistent hitter this season, which is music to the clubs’ collective ears after he lost essentially the entire 2016 season and then much of the second half last year to shoulder and ankle injuries. Francona has said on many occasions that his presence in the lineup brings it up a notch. His ceiling is one of the reasons why the Indians were so patient with him and why they picked up his $12 million club option for this season despite such disconcerting injury factors.

11. Thus far, he’s rewarded that decision. Brantley is hitting .344 this season and on Friday night came a triple away from the cycle. Yes, Dee Gordon probably should have caught his triple. Though, Brantley also drove a ball to center field that was caught for a sacrifice fly at the warning track. Likewise with Kluber, Brantley is off to a better start this year than in 2014, when he posted a .255 average and .756 OPS and then beat those figures in every subsequent month. The Indians have effectively been without Brantley the last two Octobers—he logged 11 at-bats in last year’s ALDS but clearly wasn’t the same hitter. They’d certainly take this version.

12. Said Gomes: “I know too well, we were both on the DL for quite a while, him a little bit longer. It’s almost like he never lost a beat. He just comes in, he’s still exactly who the guy that was in 2014. It’s really fun to see. He’s the centerpiece of this team and we all know it. Having him in the lineup just lengthens it.”

13. Added Francisco Lindor: “It means a lot. He’s in the middle of the lineup, he’s one of the best hitters on the team and he helps us a lot. He gives protection to Ramirez, when he’s behind Encarnacion, he gives Encarnacion protection, so he helps everybody out. Also, he protects anyone when he’s not on behind them, because when he’s at second base, he’s protecting Encarnacion, he’s protecting Alonso. I think Brantley, the way he’s swinging it lately, the way he has always has swung it, this is extremely important.”